Research Scientist/Engineer - Materials Research Lab ( A1800292 )

Location
Champaign, IL
Posted
May 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Engineer or Research Scientist

Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Research Engineer or Research Scientist for its Soft Materials Characterization and Optical/Electron Microscopy instrumentation cores. The Research Engineer or Research Scientist will serve as a member of the MRL Central Research Facilities staff focused on enabling advanced research by training and advising users in several analytical techniques applied to soft and biological materials such as differential scanning calorimetry, differential thermal analysis, size exclusion chromatography, particle size and zeta potential analysis, dynamical mechanical analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, optical, and electron microscopy, in addition to related sample preparation methods for these techniques. Engaging in collaboration with various local and regional users on active research projects is supported and highly encouraged.

The MRL Central Research Facilities contain more than 100 major research instruments maintained by a dedicated staff of about 20 scientists and engineers, consisting of seven major instrumentation cores: soft materials characterization, scanning probe microscopy, laser and optical spectroscopy, electron microscopy, surface analysis, x-ray diffraction, and nanofabrication facilities including two cleanrooms. About 1,000 researchers from across our campus as well as other academic institutions, industry, and national laboratories use the facilities, logging nearly 100,000 user hours annually. The lab is recognized as one of the premier mid-sized user facilities in the nation. For details, please visit us online at https://mrl.illinois.edu/facilities/.

Responsibilities include:
  • Serve as the primary technical point of contact to the research community for a designated set of scientific instrumentation within the Soft Materials Characterization Lab. Serve as a secondary contact for Optical and Electron Microscopy cores.
  • Remain abreast of the current state-of-the-art in the field in order to advance the local research community's proficiency in the techniques via ongoing review of relevant scientific literature, participation in professional societies and conference/workshop/training opportunities, and collaboration with local and regional users on active research projects. Advise Facilities and unit leadership on emerging instrumentation needs.
  • Instruct graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral research associates in the correct use of the techniques via lecture and direct hands-on training. Teach users both the procedural steps of using precision instrumentation as well as the underlying science of the selected analytical techniques including differential scanning calorimetry, differential thermal analysis, size exclusion chromatography, particle size and zeta potential analysis, dynamical mechanical analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, optical and electron microscopy, in addition to related sample preparation methods for these techniques.
  • Update established training materials as needed based on developments in the field, maintenance or service alerts, user feedback, etc. Create new training materials as needed.
  • Assure assigned instrumentation is kept in optimum working condition by actively monitoring its usage and measurement output performance against established protocols. Develop standard schedules for routine maintenance based on instrument manufacturer documentation and Facilities best practices. Perform routine maintenance in conjunction with Research Engineer personnel. Troubleshoot the root cause of any identified suboptimal performance and make minor repairs as needed. Coordinate instrument updates and/or major repairs with manufacturers/vendors, Senior Research Scientist personnel, and Facilities leadership as appropriate.
  • Perform Facilities-wide safety tasks as assigned. Includes conducting department or campus specified lab inspections for assigned operating areas and participation in reviews of non-assigned areas.
  • Perform Facilities-wide user management tasks as assigned. Includes contributing materials and conducting training lectures as part of generalized service facility user orientation sessions.
  • Assume additional research engineer or research scientist responsibilities to promote the unit's mission as needed.


Research Engineer

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, life, or physical sciences
  • At least five years of relevant experience working in an academic, governmental, or industrial research setting using polymers materials techniques
  • Excellent presentation skills required to provide training to the facilities' users, in addition to presentations during workshops to large audiences
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all forms of communication, along with solid time management, teamwork, and organizational skills
  • Possess excellent problem-solving and analytical skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in engineering, life, or physical sciences
  • Specific experience with a majority of the equipment within the Soft Materials Characterization Lab and Optical and Electron Microscopy cores including differential scanning calorimetry, differential thermal analysis, size exclusion chromatography, particle size and zeta potential analysis, dynamical mechanical analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, optical and electron microscopy, in addition to related sample preparation methods for these techniques, particularly for polymer and biological materials


Research Scientist

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in engineering, life or physical sciences
  • At least three years of relevant experience working in an academic, governmental, or industrial research setting using polymers materials techniques
  • Specific experience with a majority of the equipment within the Soft Materials Characterization Lab and Optical and Electron Microscopy cores including differential scanning calorimetry, differential thermal analysis, size exclusion chromatography, particle size and zeta potential analysis, dynamical mechanical analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, optical and electron microscopy, in addition to related sample preparation methods for these techniques, particularly for polymer and biological materials
  • Excellent presentation skills required to provide training to the facilities' users, in addition to presentations during workshops to large audiences
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all forms of communication, along with solid time management, teamwork, and organizational skills
  • Possess excellent problem-solving and analytical skills

Preferred Qualifications
  • Five or more years of relevant experience working in an academic, governmental, or industrial research setting using polymers materials techniques


This is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 21, 2018. To apply, please complete a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload the following as a single file: a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

For further information regarding application procedures, contact Summer Redman at sredman@illinois.edu or 217-300-5400.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

College Name or Administrative Unit: Engineering
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Research Scientist/Engineer - Materials Research Lab ( A1800292 )
Open Date: 05/10/2018
Close Date: 06/21/2018
Organization Name: Materials Research Lab

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