Posted: September 11, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
The Research Service Centers of the University of Florida provide research facilities and support for university researchers and customers from external academic, government, and industrial organizations.
The primary responsibility for this position will be the operation of associated instruments and portions of the facilities within the Research Service Centers at the University of Florida for service, instrument training, and teaching. The employee will be required to develop operating procedures and establish protocols for instruments and analytical techniques to be used by facility users. Competency in materials characterization and analysis is a requirement. Additional knowledge of particle analysis is desirable.
At all times, the employee will adhere to all safety and compliance policies, protocols, and guidelines set forth by the Research Service Center, the University of Florida, and the State of Florida.
The employee’s principal responsibility will be in the operation and maintenance of research equipment associated with the Research Service Center (RSC) at the University of Florida and interacting with faculty, students, and other users of the RSCs. The primary set of equipment for this position will include Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).
Additional instrument and tool oversight for this position may be expanded to include:
• Any instruments and tools associated with materials characterization
• Any instruments and tools associated with particle characterization
• Any instruments and tools associated with micro/nanofabrication
• Facility infrastructure support
The employee will:
• Be charged with keeping the equipment in good working order
• Aid in the installation of new instrumentation
• Aid in the modification of existing instrumentation
• Operate the equipment to produce research samples
• Maintain stock and supplies
• Maintain chemical use and chemical waste safety practices in accordance with the UF Division of Environmental Health and Safety requirements
• Facilitates scheduling of the equipment use
• Develop new characterization and processing techniques
• Assist in identifying, specifying, and ordering new equipment
• Develop and teach courses for training users in safety and proper operating procedures
• Take courses and training in the use of equipment needed in the performance of the position
The employee will interact with faculty, students, and research staff in using instruments and training students as part of their education. This will entail operating the instruments for producing research data, samples, and training customers in properly and safely using the instrument with subsequent supervision of trained users to ensure proper operation.
Participate in the continuing oversight of RSC facilities and promote RSC/customer interactions.
Other duties as assigned in support of the Research Service Centers (RSCs).
$55,000 - $65,000; commensurate with qualifications and experience
a high school diploma or equivalent and six years of relevant experience; Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience; or Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience.
A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of relevant experience; or a high school diploma and six years of appropriate experience. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.
Master’s degree in appropriate science/engineering specialization. Prefer advanced degree in physics, chemistry, or engineering.
•Knowledge of electrical, chemical, and general laboratory safety.
•Experience with characterization techniques such as Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
•Experience with software for data reduction and analysis
•Experience with materials characterization techniques
•Experience with particle characterization techniques
•Ability to organize, conduct, and record maintenance of research equipment
•Good communication skills. Can produce clear data, presentations, and reports, as well as reports, and oral presentations.
•Good interpersonal skills, including working with cross-functional teams. Other behaviors include integrative thinking, being results-oriented, self-awareness, mentoring others, and being willing to make changes.