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Microbeam Specialist

This announcement is being circulated listing the qualifications for a position on the support staff at the Geophysical Laboratory located at 5251 Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Job Description:

The primary responsibility is to maintain and operate a focused ion beam - scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) crossbeam system and other microbeam instruments. Daily operation includes training and providing assistance to new and visiting users, performing routine maintenance, sample preparation, and collaborating with staff and students. As a member of the electronics/microbeam analysis center, the person is expected to work with existing microbeam members to maintain smooth operation of the facility. The Laboratory supports world-class facilities in high-pressure research; organic, stable isotope and biogeochemistry; mineral physics and petrology; geochemistry; planetary science, and astrobiology. This is the perfect job for a person who wants to work in a small setting with a familial atmosphere and closely with variety of scientists on diverse research projects. See for a listing of its research programs and facilities.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in an appropriate field of science or technology with experience in microbeam analysis or must be trainable.
  • Active knowledge of microbeam instruments including focused ion beam system, scanning electron microscope and electron microprobe.
  • Previous experience in this type of work for at least one year.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with co-workers, supervisors, and outside specialists sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Preferred Attributes:

  • Experience in operating and maintaining focused ion beam instrument, electron microprobe, or scanning electron microscopes.
  • Familiarity with geological applications of electron microscopy, quantitative chemical analysis, FIB sample preparation, and microbeam analysis.
  • Strong interest in developing analytical protocols and specialized techniques for sample recovery and fabrication

To submit an application, please click here. Required documents for the application are:  a CV/resumé and contact information for three references.  Applications will be reviewed immediately and will continue until an appropriate candidate is hired.  

The Microbeam Specialist will work at the Geophysical Laboratory location in Washington, D.C.  The Carnegie Institution of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.