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Microscopy Specialist -W.M. Keck Center for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis

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College / VP Area: Research Office
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

Pay Grade: 30E

Context of the Job:

Under general direction, the Microscopy Specialist performs a variety of complex technical laboratory duties. The principal emphasis is on working independently and exercising personal initiative to support experiments using electron and light microscopes, scanning probe microscopes, and the associated sample preparation equipment and experimental devices.  Duties include a) troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing defective equipment, b) calibrating instruments, c) design and construction of test equipment, d) supervision and training of students and other researchers in both safety and equipment operation through both workshops and individual training sessions, and e) general support of user projects, including both consulting with users about mechanisms for achieving the desired results and running experiments for users. The Specialist coordinates University maintenance personnel, manufacturer service technicians, and other resources to ensure high facility and equipment uptime.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Performs a variety of technical duties involved in conducting microscopic characterization and analysis to obtain data in support of research activities.
  • Performs contract work or experimental consultation to support industrial collaborations.
  • Assists with the organization and administration of research projects Directs and controls projects and activities of limited scope and/or manages specialized segments of highly technical/complex projects/studies.
  • Develops new policies and procedures within the facility.
  • Sets up instrumentation; calibrates equipment and repairs equipment problems.
  • Maintains proper laboratory safety standards.
  • Develops and modifies experimental methodologies and procedures.
  • Trains (written and oral) graduate students and post-doctors for using electron microscopes and related equipment.
  • Provides daily oversight that includes user training, safety supervision, and helping reach problem resolutions.
  • Prepares tables, graphs, and reports.
  • Procures and maintains material stock.
  • Maintains relevant laboratory spaces in good order.
  • Provides educational opportunities in assisting and facilitating lab assignments and other educational activities such as workshops.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree and four years of experience in laboratory work in a relevant field as well as experience with the necessary physical, electronic and chemical systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex operations manuals, drawings, and designs.
  • Ability to interpret problems and design equipment for particular tasks.
  • Ability to work independently, train and instruct others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. 


Special Requirements:

  • May be required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.

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