The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Facility Manager oversees all aspects of the Scanning Electron Microscopy facility in the Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental (NUANCE) Center. This includes: equipment purchasing, upgrades and maintenance; supervision of Microscopy and Imaging Specialist; user training and technical support on all SEM instruments and related equipment; course development and teaching of laboratory components of SEM related courses; development of new analytical techniques and capabilities; providing analytical services for both internal NU and external industrial clients; conducting facility tours and demonstrations. In addition, this position has primary technical responsibility for the dual-beam Focused Ion Beam (FIB) instrument and assists in sample preparation for all electron microscopy, including Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM).
Please note: SEM Facility Manager will occasionally work after hours or weekends.
User Training and Technical Support
Develop training materials
Train new SEM and FIB users on instrument use and lab safety
Maintain Lab Safety records for all SEM and FIB users
Train new users on SEM and FIB related sample preparation
Provide technical support for all SEM and FIB users
Support users in sample preparation and TEM when necessary (cross-trained)
Course Development and Teaching
Develop lab/lecture material as needed for Materials Science (MatSci) SEM courses
Schedule lab sessions for student groups
Serve as primary teaching assistant for SEM lab courses
Supervise graduate student lab assistants
Provide technical expertise and training for other MatSci courses
Provide technical assistance for undergraduates from McCormick
Engage with potential regional external users
Provide analytical service on SEM/FIB for internal and external users
Oversee maintenance/vendor relations for equipment service
Negotiate Service Contracts
Troubleshoot/repair equipment not under service contract
Work collaboratively with users on complex and challenging problems
Develop new analytical tools/techniques
Participate in writing Center and Facility research and equipment grant proposals
Supervision of Staff
Oversee personal and professional development of junior staff
Oversee Performance Excellence evaluation
Conduct tours and demonstrations for various internal or external organizations
Participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates/Teachers (REU/RET) program
Develop/propose joint development activities with vendors
Plan instructional workshops & training
Establish equipment beta-test for NUANCE facilities
Demonstrate leading edge equipment
Coordinate SEM facility strategic planning with NUANCE administrative staff
Oversee SEM facility data management/reporting
Maintain SEM User lists, liaise with NUANCE administrative staff
Contribute to NUANCE Web/Social Media communications
Contribute to NUANCE Outreach programs (Museums, Nano-Journalism, et al.)
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as Materials Science and Engineering or related field; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
2+ years work experience in a technical field in an academic or industrial setting.
2-3+ years of hands-on materials characterization experience
Experience or strong interest in working in an academic environment.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to occasionally work after hours or weekends.
Strong customer focus.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
Ability to multitask.
Adept at project management. Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and meet deadlines.
Ability to work independently and yet is an accomplished team player.
MS or PhD in Materials Science and Engineering or a related physical science or engineering discipline.
4-5+ years of hands-on materials characterization experience
2+ years of facility management and user training experience
Proficient in SEM and FIB operation including imaging, microanalysis and sample preparation
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Strong theoretical knowledge of materials characterization techniques and their application
Technical proficiency in applying complex research instrumentation to solve research problems
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 34899
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.