Assistant Specialist -Electron Microscopy Scientific Staff

Irvine, CA
Mar 01, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
  • Institutes and Centers - Irvine Materials Research Institute


    Open February 27th, 2018 through March 14th, 2018


    Assisting the operation of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) facility at the UC Irvine Materials Research Institute (IRMI). IMRI has a large and growing user community of over 300 academic and industry users, with advanced materials characterization instruments that include state-of-the-art TEMs, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), focused ion beam (FIB) systems, and a Kratos AXIS Supra surface science instrument (for details see IMRI has recently built a new TEM facility housing five major instruments, including four high-end TEMs (Nion UltraSTEM 200 HERMES, JEOL JEM-ARM300CF "Grand ARM," JEM-2800, and JEM-2100F Cryo-TEM) and a dual-beam FIB (Tescan GAIA-3 XMH FIB-SEM). Both the Grand ARM and the 2100F Cryo-TEM are equipped with Gatan's K2 cameras. IMRI is also equipped with a variety of TEM holders and specimen preparation tools.

    An assistant specialist position in TEM is available for 12 months. The successful applicant must hold PhD or equivalent degrees in the areas of Materials Science or Physics, and be a TEM expert with at least five years of in-depth, hands-on experience with TEM imaging, data analysis, sample preparation, and maintenance of TEM equipment. The applicant must have mastery of modern TEM instrumentation and methods, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Candidates with experience operating user facilities and expertise with advanced TEM techniques (such as TEM and STEM imaging, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy using spherical aberration-corrected TEMs) are of particular interest. The capability to develop new TEM methods, modify TEM holders and maintain instruments is a plus. Duties include: operate, maintain, and improve the TEMs; work with the IMRI leadership to identify and improve accessories and additional equipment in the TEM facility; train, supervise, and work directly with users to carry out TEM work in research and service.

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
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