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Senior 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: 31E

Context of the Job:

Under the limited direction of the Center Director, the Senior Microscopy Specialist works independently and exercises personal initiative to advance the capabilities of the Keck Microscopy center and support research using electron and light microscopes, scanning probe microscopes, and the associated sample preparation equipment and experimental devices. Advancing the capabilities of the center includes developing new methodologies that advance the capabilities of existing equipment and identifying opportunities for adding technical capacity through upgrades to existing equipment and/or acquisition of new equipment. In this context, the Senior Microscopy Specialist will be actively involved in specifying the technical needs for equipment acquisition and will oversee the installation and commissioning of new research equipment. Supporting user research includes 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:

  • Assists in the day-to-day oversight of the W.M. Keck facility for advanced microscopy by providing high-quality microscopy services including but not limited to TEM, FIB/SEM, SPM in a multi-user user-friendly environment on a fee-for-service basis.
  • Assists with the organization and administration of large research projects associated with FIB/SEM, FIB/TEM, and correlative microscopy; directs and controls projects and activities of limited scope and/or manages specialized segments of highly technical/complex projects/studies.
  • Oversees FIB/SEM, FIB/TEM, and correlative microscopy users, which includes user training and helping reach problem resolutions.
  • Develops new policies and procedures within the facility.
  • Performs instrument calibration and maintenance; troubleshoots problems with the highly sophisticated FIB/SEM/TEM equipment and instruments; determines and implements best methods to resolve instrument issues.
  • Maintains a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems.
  • Contributes to the facility and college reputation by authoring/coauthoring scientific publications in key journals.
  • Provides educational opportunities in assisting and facilitating lab assignments and other educational activities such as workshops.
  • Oversees inventory control to ensure that the facility has sufficient accessibility to supplies and maintains an appropriate storage level.
  • Maintains relevant laboratory spaces in good order.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as necessary.



  • Master’s degree and five years’ experience in the field of microscopy as well as experience with the necessary physical, electronic and chemical systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • In-depth and up-to-date knowledge in imaging, diffraction, and spectroscopy as demonstrated by publications, teaching assignments or research collaborations.
  • In-depth and up-to-date knowledge of scientific principles, approaches, and methodologies.
  • Extensive skills in SEM, TEM, and/or focus ion beam (FIB) microscopy.
  • Ability to maintain and oversee operations of laboratory facilities and/or equipment.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and to draw conclusions.
  • Ability to independently develop relevant concepts and approaches for material structural research.
  • Ability to design, organize and coordinate scientific projects to facilitate users' research needs.
  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Ability to develop scientific reports based on original research data.
  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate lab operation reports.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • 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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