Dear all,

please find below the advertisement for the position of an Instrument Scientist at the Rhodes University.



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From: Steffen Büttner <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 1:40 AM
Subject: EPMA Instrument Scientist
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Dear Anette


We are re-advertising our post for an Instrument Scientist (on three levels of qualification/experience). Could you please forward the advert to the probe user list?


Kind regards,







Rhodes University

Grahamstown – South Africa


Instrument Scientist/Senior Instrument Scientist/CHIEF INSTRUMENT SCIENTIST (EPMA)


Post description: The Department of Geology ( invites applications for a laboratory manager/analyst in the academic position of an Instrument Scientist (IS) / Senior Instrument Scientist (SIS) / Chief Instrument Scientist (CIS) starting on 1 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Instrument Scientist (EPMA) is responsible for all analytical, technical, administrative, and financial obligations related to the management of the Electron Probe Micro-Analyzer (EPMA) laboratory and represents it within and outside Rhodes University.


Requirements: For the IS level candidates must have at least an MSc in mineralogy, petrology or a related field and substantial experience in operating EPMAs (including standardisation and instrument calibration). For the SIS and CIS levels, a PhD in a relevant field and laboratory management experience are necessary.


Job context and obligations: The main purpose of the position is to support and facilitate the research of an academic department through the management, maintenance and use of the EPMA and related equipment. The training and supervision of post-graduate students and other instrument users is an important part of the job obligations. The position offers abundant opportunity for post holder’s own research. The laboratory is equipped with a 2011 model of a JEOL JXA-8230 EPMA with four WDS spectrometers and a CL detector. SEM-EDS is available as a separate instrument in the Electron Microscopy Unit elsewhere on campus. The EPMA was commissioned in March 2012 and has been productive and well utilised since. Details concerning the EPMA and related equipment can be found at the laboratory’s website: Basic funding for research and conference visits is available from Rhodes University sources. Career progress to Senior or Chief Instrument Scientist level is merit-based.

Application process: For more information about the post, the department, the university, and the application procedure please see the additional documentation provided at


Recognising that diversity is important in achieving excellence, Rhodes University especially encourages South African members of under-represented designated groups to apply.


Closing Date: 12h00 Friday 23 November 2015

For further information contact the Head of Department, Prof Stephen A Prevec (e-mail: [log in to unmask]; phone: +27 (0)46 603 7392).





Prof Steffen Büttner

Department of Geology

Rhodes University

Grahamstown 6140

South Africa


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