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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Specialist-Electron Microscopy in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Specialist-Electron Microscopy

  • Job Number: 19918

  • Functional Area: Facilities Operations

  • Department: Materials Research Laboratory

  • School Area: VP Research

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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RESEARCH SPECIALIST, Materials Research Laboratory-Electron Microscopy Shared Experimental Facility, to support the research efforts of scientists and engineers from diverse MIT departments, labs, and centers; surrounding universities; and local companies. Responsibilities include teaching students and researchers to prepare specimens and safely and effectively operate electron microscopy equipment, produce high-quality micrographs/spectra, and analyze data; maintaining electron microscopy instruments and computers; managing the laboratory environment and ensuring its safety and cleanliness; participating in billing and other administrative duties; and handling other MRL shared experimental facilities projects as needed.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor's degree; hands-on experience with and solid understanding of operating transmission electron microscopes (TEM), focused ion beams (FIB), scanning electron microscopes (SEM), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) characterization tools; experience with TEM specimen preparation including FIB and ion milling; understanding of electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), cathodoluminescence (CL), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), and indexing TEM selected area diffraction patterns; ability to clearly and effectively instruct users and colleagues; ability to produce scientific outcomes and develop scientific collaborations with external groups; ability to troubleshoot problems on complex systems in real-time; ability to work as part of a team, interacting with users from a diverse population and wide-range of experience levels; strong written and verbal communication skills including mastery of written and spoken English for technical discussions and user training; customer focus; initiative; ability to work supervised and unsupervised. PREFERRED: advanced degree in a field that relies heavily on electron imaging (materials science, chemistry, applied physics, life sciences, etc.), work experience in a user- or service-based environment, working knowledge of scientific programming and image analysis, and experience developing hardware systems. Job #199187/26/21