X-ray Postdoctoral Researcher

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Position Type:

Post Doc



Department ID:

140501 - Engineering Research


140501 - Engineering Research

Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties:

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) seeks a talented and industrious experimentalist to join our team as an X-ray Postdoctoral Researcher. The AIF is NC State’s primary shared facility for materials characterization with a mission to enable and lead state-of-the-art research through acquisition, development, maintenance, training, and access to major analytical and materials characterization instrumentation.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Train internal NC State users and external academic, government, and industrial users on operation of the X-ray diffractometers and X-ray microscopes and the analysis and interpretation of data.
- Engage and develop an internal NC State user base and users who come from outside the university.
- Provide technical advice to researchers studying a variety of material classes and collaborate with researchers on analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing the data.
- Perform X-ray microscopy services and analysis of data using the Rigaku X-ray diffractometer, the PANalytical Empyrean X-ray diffractometer, the Zeiss Xradia 510, and the Bruker SkyScan 1174 instruments.
- Assist with maintenance and calibration of the Rigaku X-ray diffractometer, the PANalytical Empyrean X-ray diffractometer, the Zeiss Xradia 510, and the Bruker SkyScan 1174 instruments.
- Aid AIF staff in maintaining and updating the laboratories’ safety plans in accordance with university policies
- Process internal paperwork associated with enabling and accounting for the activities on the instruments.
- Design, schedule, and execute at least 4 workshops and/or user short courses each year that inform users of established and emerging instrument techniques and data quantification methods to improve the quality of education and research at the University.
- Keep users informed of emerging techniques, training activities, and software/data analysis programs available.
- Stay abreast of software and hardware developments by reading current literature and attending relevant technical conferences and short courses.
- Communicate the need for instrument upgrades and develop strategies and proposals for acquiring equipment upgrades or replacements.

Work Schedule:

8am - 5pm

Department Required Skills:


Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

- Proficient in use of X-ray sources and related instruments and use of associated software tools.
- Working knowledge of applications of X-rays in one of the primary application areas of materials science, life sciences, electronics, or natural resources
- Strong writing, communication, and presentation skills on technical scientific content

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Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


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Posted: 1/13/2021
Application Due: 4/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time