Engineer 2

Employer
Case Western Reserve University
Location
Case Main Campus
Closing date
Oct 21, 2021

Job Details

Job Title: Engineer 2
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 9023
Job Description POSITION OBJECTIVE

The engineer will be responsible for the operation, maintenance, and user training for the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials two scanning electron microscopes (one of which is a dual-beam SEM/focused ion beam) and two X-ray diffractometers. The engineer will work under limited supervision and independently evaluate, select and apply techniques, procedures, and criteria using their own judgment while simultaneously working within a collaborative research framework. Work is assigned as an objective to be reached and is reviewed for application of sound professional judgment.

Organization Mission: Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM) is an interdisciplinary organization established to facilitate and promote high-impact research of the materials that impact humanity, science, and technology to create a just and thriving world. To meet this objective, the multi-user analytical facility provides instrumentation for microstructural characterization of a wide variety of materials through high-spatial-resolution imaging, diffractometry, as well as surface and near-surface chemical analysis.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    Introduce clients to instrument capabilities. Advise, support, and assist/instruct academic and industrial clients with acquiring experimental data, including imaging, diffractometry, and compositional analysis. Determine and recommend the optimal technique for their materials research. Train clients in using the instruments. Independently evaluate, select, and apply techniques, procedures, and criteria using their own judgment in making adaptations. May supervise technicians in the completion of assignments. Provide technical direction to other staff, associates, and/ or students, as needed. Investigate a number of possible variables and often there are no precedents for the choices that must be made. Develop technical and methodological solutions to complex engineering/ scientific problems requiring independent analytical thinking and advanced knowledge. Contribute technical expertise, and perform basic research and development in support of programs/ projects; act as adviser/ consultant in area of specialty. (40%)Supervise operations, assess, and optimize instrument performance. Manage the maintenance of major instruments for materials research. Recognize faulty conditions and take corrective measures and/or interface with the instruments' service engineers. May supervise technicians in the completion of assignments. Provide technical direction to other staff, associates, and/ or students, as needed. Design and develop complex and specialized equipment, instruments, or systems; coordinate detailed phases of work related to responsibility for part of a major project or for an entire project of moderate scope. (30%)Conduct independent research to advance new, cutting-edge techniques and bring them into the center’s capability portfolio, so that these are then accessible to the internal and external research communities to leverage. Investigate a number of possible variables and often there are no precedents for the choices that must be made. Develop creative new or improved equipment, materials, technologies, processes, methods, or software important to the advancement of the field. Develop technical and methodological solutions to complex engineering/ scientific problems requiring independent analytical thinking and advanced knowledge. Contribute to portions of published articles or presentations; prepare and write reports; draft and prepare scientific papers. Contribute technical expertise, and perform basic research and development in support of programs/ projects; act as adviser/ consultant in area of specialty. (10%)Network with users to market the facility and cultivate new internal and external users. Develop creative new or improved equipment, materials, technologies, processes, methods, or software important to the advancement of the field. Develop technical and methodological solutions to complex engineering/ scientific problems requiring independent analytical thinking and advanced knowledge. (10%)

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    Work with the other SCSAM engineers in ensuring that all of SCSAM’s clients, both internal and external, have satisfactory access to all of SCSAM’s instruments. In particular, serve as backup “responsible” engineer for SCSAM’s instruments. (5%)Perform other duties as assigned. (5%)

CONTACTS

Department: Regular contact with faculty and executive directors, engineers, and administrators to maintain workflow and best serve clients.

University: Regular contact with undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, university faculty.

External: Occasional contact with the center’s external academic and industrial clients. Contact with external service engineers regarding maintenance of the center’s instruments.

Students: Little or no contact with students.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other materials-related fields (e.g., physics, chemistry, biology, Earth sciences). Prefer graduate education.

Experience: 3 to 5 years of professional engineering experience related to maintaining research instruments and training student users is required.

REQUIRED SKILLS

    Has knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures for electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction (imaging of all types, diffraction experiments of all types, spectroscopy/microanalysis of all types)Understanding and interest in developing experimental approaches for understanding phase transformations associated with electrochemical processes.Ability to operate laboratory equipment, and complex simulation programs (both image and diffraction pattern simulations), technical report generation (e.g., MS Office), and software for billing, scheduling, etc.Strong understanding of materials analysis and characterizationRelies on instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job.Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face-to-face.Excellent organizational skills and the ability to solve problems efficiently, accurately, and in a timely mannerAbility to meet consistent attendance.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The individual will work primarily in an indoor laboratory containing major research instruments, and be provided with the necessary office environment for conducting data analysis. There may be very rare occasions that require travel, or overtime. The employee may be present while X-rays are generated but these are well-shielded, do not pose a health hazard, and are monitored by dosimetry.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Organization

Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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