Dear probeusers,

here is a job opening for a microscopist a the Analytics and Materials
Characterization group of BASF, the details can be found below.

If you are interested, you will have to enter your resume into the
site. The person to contact othersie is Nancy Brungard (
[log in to unmask]), the head of the group. Additional contact
information is available through me if needed.

Best regards,


Description: 4.2 Staff Chemist: Microscopist

The Analytics and Materials Characterization group in Iselin NJ is part of
the Catalyst Research and Development department of BASF. We provide direct
analytical support to BASF's catalyst research and manufacturing platforms,
including environmental, refining, chemical, solar cell and battery

This position is for a highly motivated Microscopist/Material Scientist to
work as part of an electron microscopy group involving the characterization
of catalysts, their precursors, associated assembly components and related
materials. The successful candidate will have a strong materials science,
analytical and catalyst background with an emphasis on microscopic
evaluations, and thrive on leadership roles in multidisciplinary catalyst
research teams.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

   - Operating and maintaining Microscopy instrumentation including HR
   FESEM (High Resolution Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy) and
   VP-SEM (Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscopy) with ancillary
   attachments: EDS (Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy), WDS
   (Wavelength-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy) and STEM (Scanning and
   Transmission Electron Microscopy) and image analyses software suite.
   - Supporting other microscopy areas like EPMA (Electron Probe
   Microanalyzer) or TEM (Transmission electron microscopy).
   - Collaborating with research scientists, engineers, and manufacturing
   associates on new-product development, fundamentals understanding and
   manufacturing support, with strong catalyst chemistry knowledge.
   - Interpreting results, writing reports and sharing information with a
   high degree of accuracy in a fast paced analytical chemistry laboratory
   - Developing new microscopy capabilities, investigative strategies, and
   innovative microscopy methods to support knowledge and product development.

Preparing a wide variety of sample types for SEM/STEM analyses using vacuum
evaporation systems, microtome and trimmer; knowledge of ionmilling, FIB
(Focused Ion Beam), tripod polishing, etching, and electropolishing a plus.


   - PhD in materials science, physics, engineering, chemistry or related
   degree with 1+ years related analysis and laboratory experience preferably
   in industry, OR MS degree in materials science, physics, engineering,
   chemistry or related degree with 3+ years of relevant industrial experience
   or BS degree with a minimum of 5-7 years of relevant industrial experience.
   - Strong theoretical and practical understanding of EM technologies with
   extensive hands on experience in solving complex materials problems using
   primarily FE-SEM and other technologies like VP-SEM, STEM, TEM or EPMA
   - Solid materials characterization and heterogeneous catalysis knowledge
   ·Ability to participate at a leadership level within multi-disciplinary
   - Hands-on experience in experimental design using EM and methods
   development for EM
   - Knowledge of crystallography and diffraction techniques (EBSD,
   Electron Backscatter Diffraction), electron diffraction) a plus
   - Knowledge of related AEM (Analytical Electron Microscopy) equipment
   and methodologies a plus
   - Expected to work independently with minimum supervision as well as
   part of a team.
   - Strong organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills
   - Demonstrated track record of a systematic approach to problem solving
   critical thinking skills
   - Excellent written/verbal communication, organizational, time
   management and interpersonal skills
   - Strong customer focus

Dr. Anette von der Handt

Department of Earth Sciences
University of Minnesota
310 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Office phone: (612) 624-7370
Office fax: (612) 625-3819
Lab phone: (612) 624-3539

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