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« Reply #60 on: January 08, 2018, 10:12:26 am »
An updated listing for the University of Oklahoma position is below (and attached pdf).

Electron Microprobe Operator/ Laboratory Manager
University of Oklahoma

The Office of the Vice President of Research supports an electron microanalysis laboratory built around a Cameca SX100 microprobe as a core research facility of the University ( This includes a fully funded, twelve-month annual staff position as Electron Microprobe Operator/Laboratory Manager. The staff appointment level is Research Scientist II with a starting salary of $55K-$60K. This position is open until filled.

Duties include daily operation of the microprobe and sample preparation for all clients, daily lab maintenance, periodic instrument maintenance (filament, roughing vacuum, etc.), coordinating major service with Cameca engineers, scheduling and bookkeeping of usage by clients, billing and payments, and an annual summary report of laboratory activity. The appointment permits the operator to utilize the electron microprobe for research and personal use. Adjunct professor status and teaching opportunities in the School of Geology & Geophysics are possible for individuals who hold a Ph.D.

Qualifications for the position include (1) a Master's or Ph.D. degree in geosciences or a relevant discipline, (2) experience with designing analytical procedures for quantitative EMPA, (3) knowledge of the chemistry of major and minor elements in the common rock-forming minerals, and (4) experience with EMP operation including basic maintenance. Applicants must submit (1) a cover letter that includes career goals and prior experience in electron microprobe analysis, (2) a CV that includes employment history and responsibilities, (3) transcripts of baccalaureate and master's degree courses, and (4) two letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to comment on the suitability of the applicant for the position. Letters should be sent by the recommenders directly to Salina Wall ( with the subject line "EMPL operator letter".

In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013. Norman is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just outside Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Visit for more information.

Applicants must submit an ONLINE application at for job requisition number 173902. Computers and personal assistance are available at the Office of Human Resources, 905 Asp, Rm.205, Norman, OK 73069.

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities who meet the requirements of the position are encouraged to apply.
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School of Geology & Geophysics, University of Oklahoma
100 East Boyd Street, Room 710 Sarkeys Energy Center
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« Reply #61 on: January 15, 2018, 08:06:44 am »
Research Scientist –Electron Micro Analysis (EPMA & SEM)

Apologies for the short notice, the deadline in this Friday.  The job is essentially the second operator on our Jeol 8500, we have Probe for EPMA with Probe image.  Please forward to anyone who is interested.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me via private message or email.

Qualifications should be:

    PhD or equivalent in a science subject (direct experience of EPMA would be more important(my insertion))

    Electron microprobe analysis (EPMA) including quantitative analysis

    Expertise in scanning electron microscope (SEM) characterisation methods (including EDX)

    Demonstrable organisational skills

    A careful and diligent approach to work and the skill to work with often small sized samples

    The capability to communicate and collaborate with people at all levels

    Knowledge of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques.


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« Reply #62 on: February 27, 2018, 06:38:11 am »
Dear All,
GeoLab at Utrecht University houses the JEOL JXA-8530F FEG electron microprobe of the National Netherlands microprobe facility and is looking to hire and experienced person for support of the microprobe, as well as advanced electron microscope equipment (including FIB-SEM) at the EM facility.
Details of the position may be found here:
The deadline for applications is March 31st, 2018.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested.


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« Reply #63 on: February 28, 2018, 01:49:35 pm »
The University of British Columbia is posting an open position to manage and operate the EPMA, SEM and two XRDs:

Job Summary:
The Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is appointing a person to manage three highly sophisticated laboratories: electron-probe microanalyzer, scanning electron microscope with energy dispersion X-ray spectrometer and image analysis system, and two X-ray powder diffractometers. The facility serves science and engineering departments on the UBC campus, as well as, students and faculty from several western Canadian universities, and clients from government labs and industry. The manager has the scientific expertise and management skills to: i) manage the overall operations of the labs, ii) directly supervise a Ph.D. level researcher, two M.Sc., and one B.Sc. level Research Assistants who perform the day-to-day work, iii) educate, advise and supervise the diverse users and clients of the laboratories, and to iv) perform independent research and accountable for the integrity of the data.

Organization Status:
The manager operates independently. As a professional scientist and an expert in the fields of electron-beam microanalysis, X-ray crystallography, and mineral and material  sciences, the manager develops administrative and scientific policy as appropriate to meet the needs of researchers and other clients.  The manager works closely with faculty members, supervises research scientists, advises users of the facility, and participates in the education of graduate students. This position reports to the Head of the Department and consults with the Director of Resources and Operations on administrative matters such as working conditions, contracts, billings, etc.

Work Performed:
a)   Manages the operations of the three major laboratories and the analytical work of faculty, research associates, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students.  Instructs and supervises users of the facilities including system training, analytical techniques, and calibration methods to be used. Ensures quality control for accurate quantification of a wide diversity of methods.  Prepares written and verbal technical materials for instruction purposes.  Ensures appropriate safety training is given and procedures followed by users in the lab.
b)   The leadership and management of the facilities are solely the responsibility of the manager.  The manager is a professional scientist and assumes leadership of both research work done, and how the various commercial operations of the facility are directed.  The manager determines management style, how staff is utilized, and is responsible for financial decisions concerning purchasing equipment subject to compliance with UBC practices and with approval of the Head of Department.
c)   The manager is responsible for maintaining operational continuity of the instruments through maintenance and repair of instruments, instrument servicing, and vendor communication. The manager ensures that funds are available for instrument maintenance and repair from the fees collected from users and clients.
d)   Operates the complex of laboratories on a cost-recovery basis, administers for-profit operation of the laboratories for clients from other universities, industry and government agencies. Recovers salary and benefits to support a full-time Ph.D.-level researcher and 3 other research assistants responsible for doing contract work and from client fees. Manages an average annual gross income from user fees for the complex of between $170,000 and $600,000. Orders all equipment and supplies for facilities, has signing authority on all related research accounts, invoices academic, government and industry clients for user fees and reconciles facility accounts on a monthly basis.
e)   Shares advanced microbeam and diffraction techniques with graduate students both within the department and from other departments to provide knowledge and skills to carry out independent research in support of their research.
f)   Develops analytical methods based on current scientific advances to complement the needs of individual users and supervises interpretation of results. Provides strategic direction in securing new technology and instrumentation. Monitors instrument performance and adjustment of operating parameters to achieve optimum performance for specific analyses.  Purchases and tests new instruments, accessories and software and verifies their performance.
g)   Long-range planning for the facilities is solely the responsibility of the manager in consultation with EOAS research faculty. In this regard, the manager keeps up-to-date with both the scientific and technological aspects of the facilities and organizes funding through various granting agencies and whatever other sources become available. Applies independently and collaboratively for funds to support their research and to purchase new equipment.

Supervision Received:
The manager works independently and establishes priorities taking into account the goals and needs of UBC researchers and other clients. Advises the best methods for achieving these goals by applying the appropriate scientific principles.  The manager makes his/her own decisions on both scientific and technical aspects of the work and is responsible for monitoring use of funds and resources. The manager's work is reviewed annually by department head and advisory council of facility-users.

Supervision Given:
Trains and supervises all users of electron-probe microanalyzer, scanning electron microscope with energy dispersion X-ray spectrometer and image analysis system, and X-ray powder diffractometers. Oversees operations of three laboratories and, annually, provides supervision to as many as 150 faculty, research associates, post-doctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate students, and clients from industry and government. Manages a Ph.D.-level researcher and two M.Sc.-/B.Sc.-level Research Assistants who are responsible for doing contract work, certain laboratory maintenance, and also participates in the training of the various clientele. From time to time, additional part-time employees are supervised.

Consequence of Error/Judgement:
The manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the facility and its instruments and for the quality of analytical work. Errors in analyses and/or poor supervision would lead to incorrect interpretation of research results and prevent the attainment of research goals.  Such errors would result in the loss of incalculable time and resources on behalf of the researchers.

Inefficient management of laboratory facilities and instruments would result in downtime that delays research, damage to very expensive instruments, and the inability to recover the cost of operations from user fees.
Issues such as these and others would be addressed by the head of department in consultation with the advisory council of facility-users.

Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation if responsible for a research project or Undergraduate degree if not responsible for a research project.  Ph.D. degree in geosciences or other relevant disciplines and demonstrated productivity in the appropriate fields, or an M.Sc. degree combined with extensive experience pertinent to the position.  7 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience if not responsible for a research project. 5 years experience in a field of specialization or equivalent combination of education and experience if responsible for a research project.  Must have experience in the operation of EPMA, XRD, SEM, including basic maintenance.

Must have proficiency in designing analytical procedures for quantitative EMPA.

Experience in teaching post secondary level courses.

Expertise in the acquisition of high quality chemical analyses, the development of new analytical procedures.

Experience in teaching and supervision of students, faculty and visiting scientists.

A demonstrated record of peer-review publication and successful grantsmanship.  Ability to explain, assign, and monitor work. Ability to identify, obtain, and effectively manage organizational resources (e.g., people, materials, assets, budgets). Ability to identify key results from scientific research findings.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please submit your application to: posting #29041
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Re: EPMA Positions Open
« Reply #64 on: August 08, 2018, 09:18:30 pm »
Please find below two listings in the private sector in Albany, OR for an R&D scientist and an R&D Engineer that may be of interest to some. Both listings have identical descriptions but have two individual requisition numbers so I am posting both. The description for the R&D scientist position is copied below.

Information and a link to apply you can find here:

For R&D Scientist

and here:

For R&D Engineer

R&D Engineer 3, Albany, Oregon
Business Line Energy

Position Title R&D Scientist 3

United States of America - Oregon


Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Research and Development Scientist 3 for our Albany, OR location.

The candidate shall have expertise in R&D work that focuses on the following;

Sample preparation and materials characterization techniques, such as;

X-ray diffraction

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

Electron Micro Probe Analysis (EMPA)

Focused Ion Beam-SEM

Characterization of REE phases in underclays, source rock, and coal by-products to help select which substrate should be the focus of developing REE extraction schemes.

Preparation of samples using metallographic specimen preparation techniques.

Development of solution-based separation methods for the recovery of rare earth elements from geologic materials and coal utilization waste streams.

Experimental design and analyses for coal, coal combustion by-products, and coal-related strata.

Material characterization studies of rock, and coal utilization byproducts using scanning electron microscopy and quantitative X-ray microanalysis.

Collection, processing and interpretation of geologic and geochemical data using statistical, numerical, graphical, GIS and other quantitative tools.

Proficiency in analytical laboratory instruments including; AAS, ICP-OES/MS, C-N LECO, acid/microwave digester, XRD, SEM with EDS and WDS, EPMA and XRF.

The candidate shall have experience and a working knowledge of the following instrumentation;

Rigaku Ultima-III X-ray Diffraction System.

FEI Inspect F SEM.

JEOL 8530F Plus Hyper Probe microprobe instruments as well as JADE, INCA (or AZTEC, upgraded version).

PerGeos software to process 2D and 3D data to determine composition and mineral and pore space distribution.

The candidate shall have a degree inearth sciences preferably geochemistry, or a geological and chemistry related field.

The candidate shall be required to interact effectively with multiple functional groups and facilitate university-industry government partnerships to drive innovation.

The candidate must be able to follow operating procedures to ensure laboratory safety.

A weekly update is provided to the supervisor describing the accomplishments and the next week’s forecast. Also, the applicant will include the relevant status of patents, publications or presentations. Reported information concerning publications and presentations shall include full title, author listing and journal or society name.

An update will be due by the end of the quarter briefly describing that quarter’s accomplishments.

The candidate will participate in group meetings. Group meetings are designed to allow the applicant to discuss current research and promote discussion with fellow researchers. The manager will request the applicant to provide a PowerPoint presentation for group meetings. The frequency of these presentations is generally once every 6 months but can occur at a higher rate.

This position will require extensive interface with customers and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The complexity of information to be managed will require excellent organization skills and attention to detail.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelors degree and 5 years of job-related experience in biology, chemistry, economics, geology, physics, mathematic or related scientific field or a Masters degree or equivalent. Excellent communications and analytical skills, working knowledge of computer systems and integrated software application programs. Position may require travel. Position may require the ability to pass and maintain a security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph. D degree inearth sciences preferably geochemistry, or a geological and chemistry related field.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here to view the EEO Is The Law poster.


Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Engineering

Business Group Management Services Group (MS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 193427BR

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« Reply #65 on: August 09, 2018, 09:28:16 am »
Please find below two listings in the private sector in Albany, OR for an R&D scientist and an R&D Engineer that may be of interest to some. Both listings have identical descriptions but have two individual requisition numbers so I am posting both. The description for the R&D scientist position is copied below.


JEOL 8530F Plus Hyper Probe microprobe instruments as well as JADE, INCA (or AZTEC, upgraded version).


Thank-you Anette for posting this job listing. 

This DOE lab is sort of in "our backyard" as the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany is only 40 minutes away from Eugene, and I just wanted to mention that last year NETL purchased, and I personally installed Probe for EPMA (and Probe Image) on their new JEOL 8530 instrument, so if any of you are thinking of applying for the job there, it already has the best EPMA software in the world running on it!    :D

You can see our installations here (scroll to the bottom of the page for the most recent sites):

I should also mention that Gareth Seward just finished installing Probe for EPMA (and Probe Image) for Jon Fellowes on both his Cameca SX100 and JEOL 8530 instruments at the University of Manchester in the UK.

And also Owen Neil will be training Brian Joy on Probe for EPMA and Probe Image on his JEOL 8530 at Queens University (Canada) in a couple of weeks (Brian in such a smart guy that he already has our software installed, configured and communicating with the instrument!). In fact he already obtained a quant analysis using the software!

I told him he'd better slow down or Owen will have nothing left to show him!  ;)
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Re: EPMA Positions Open
« Reply #66 on: October 09, 2018, 09:49:35 am »
The Materials Engineering department at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC is hiring a technician to run their SEM lab.  This is my old lab, and consists of two tungsten filament SEMs (An Hitachi S3000N and an FEI Quanta 650) as well as an XRD (a Rigaku MultiFlex).  There's also a FESEM (Zeiss Sigma) in another building that needs looking after.  The full job posting can be found here: as posting 31497.

The summary is as follows:

Engineering Technician IV
This position supports research and teaching activities in Materials
Engineering. The position is primarily responsible for the operation and
maintenance of the Department's Microscopy Laboratory including the
polishing lab and one SEM in the AMPEL facility. The Microscopy
Laboratory equipment includes optical and scanning electron microscopes,
polishing equipment and X-Ray diffraction equipment. Technician is
responsible for instructing and training users (both academic and
commercial clients) in safe operation of the equipment.
This position supports research and teaching labs when needed. Works
with students and research staff to assist in developing experimental
and testing procedures. Conducts minor maintenance and repairs. Member
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« Reply #67 on: October 22, 2018, 01:04:36 pm »
A Research Associate regular staff position for EPMA/SEM is immediately available at FSU:

More information can be found at

Please encourage your qualified students/colleague to apply.

Your support is much appreciated.


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Director, Southeastern NC Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Consortium
Director,  Interdisciplinary Mater. Res. and Education Lab.
Fayetteville State Univ.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Phone: (910) 672-2647; Fax: (910) 672-2420; E-mail:


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« Reply #68 on: October 22, 2018, 01:05:22 pm »
Research Scientist, American Museum of Natural History

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences seeks a Ph.D. Research Scientist whose primary responsibility will be to manage the SX100 microprobe and FTIR labs. The successful applicant will oversee replacement of the existing SX100 with a Cameca SX5 Tactis LaB6 instrument in 2019. The successful applicant will be expected to maintain a vigorous research program in an area that complements existing strengths in EPS. The position also requires good organization, facility with analytical equipment, and ability to interact well with lab users. The EPS Department provides unique opportunities for collaboration, research, and public outreach. Apply at:

AMNH is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply. AMNH does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.

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Chair, Division of Physical Sciences, American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY  10024
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« Reply #69 on: January 11, 2019, 09:01:54 am »
Electron Microprobe Specialist, Department of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa.

Applications are now being accepted for a full-time, non-tenure-track, 50% state and 50% other funded Specialist Faculty position to be filled at the Assistant or Associate level (commensurate with qualifications and experience), to begin approximately March 2019 or as mutually acceptable. Position is annually renewable, subject to performance review and availability of funds.

Duties include: the management of the JEOL JXA-8500F field-emission gun electron microprobe with EDS (and related support equipment) at high performance levels, including routine maintenance not covered by a service contract and troubleshooting, manage all aspects of the laboratory including recharge account and purchasing supplies, annually teach a graduate level course in Electron Microprobe Analysis, Train new users of the electron microprobe, oversee the lab use by others;, participate in research projects utilizing this microprobe, and assist with compliance to UH safety protocols.Minimum qualifications for the Assistant level include a Masters degree and for the Associate level a Ph.D. degree. The complete vacancy announcement can be viewed at The University of Hawaii is an EEO/AA Institution.

Apply electronically for the Microprobe Specialist position to: with a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information (phone and e-mail address) for three professional references.

Microprobe Specialist Search.

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« Reply #70 on: March 06, 2019, 10:44:48 pm »
Electron Beam Microanalysis Lab Manager at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Faculty Rank: Research Associate
Posting Number:         SR0190039

About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 30 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 30 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Position Summary:
The Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences invites applications for a Research Associate position managing its electron microprobe (EMPA) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) facilities, with employment commencing in spring or summer of 2019. The candidate will be responsible for day-to-day operation and maintenance of our Cameca SX-50 microprobe and ancillary infrastructure, two scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), and potentially a X-ray fluorescence (XRF) facility. Additionally, the candidate will be heavily involved in the acquisition of new instrumentation as required.

Specific duties will include:
  • Training of students, faculty and industry partners to obtain high quality analyses.
  • Acquisition of data for occasional users and industry partners.
  • Data processing and management.
  • Documentation and development of methodologies and protocols for optimal analysis of a wide range of natural and synthetic materials.
  • Day-to-day upkeep of instruments and coordination of longer-term maintenance schedules with instrument manufacturers.
  • Utilizing and maintaining sample preparation facilities (e.g. polishers and sample coaters).
  • All scheduling and accounting associated with these instruments.
  • Purchasing of lab supplies and instrument parts and hardware.
  • Working with stakeholders to assist in acquisition of new instrumentation and be involved in testing, benchmarking and evaluation of possible new purchases.
  • Development of best-practice protocols for analysis near detection limits of existing and potential new instruments.
Required Qualifications:       
  • A master’s or higher degree in a field that requires chemical characterization of natural materials, or extensive work experience in such a field.
  • Experience in analysis with either JEOL or Cameca electron microprobes.
  • Ability to work as a positive team member with people with diverse educational, technological, language and cultural backgrounds.
  • Legally eligible to work in the U.S.
Preferred Qualifications:       
  • Experience of maintenance of JEOL or Cameca electron microprobes or of instrumentation such as secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) or transmitted electron microscopy (TEM).
  • Working knowledge and experience in electronic and vacuum systems.
  • Working knowledge of the UNIX operating system.
  • Experience in teaching at college level or in training users in the acquisition of chemical data.
Employment Conditions:

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check, Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Employment Comments:
Applicant documents include a list of 4 professional references and a statement on diversity and inclusion.

How to Apply for this Job:
Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, a statement on diversity and inclusion and list of 4 professional references to Apply to posting #SR0190039. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department or contact University ADA Services with any questions.

Employee Category:    Research Faculty
Appointment Type:     Regular
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FLSA Status:    Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
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Pay Range:      Commensurate with experience
Department:   Geosciences
Location:         Blacksburg
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« Reply #71 on: March 11, 2019, 01:09:54 pm »
Electron Microbeam Facility: Research Associate

The Electron Microbeam facility in the Jackson School of Geosciences ( is seeking a highly qualified researcher to operate Electron Microbeam (EPMA) JEOL JXA-8200, Environmental, Scanning Electron Microprobe (ESEM) Phillips/FEI XL30 with Electron Backscattered, Diffraction Detector (EBSD), SEM JEOL JSM-6490LV, and X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD), Bruker D8 Advance.

The vision of the facility is to develop leading capabilities of electron microbeam instrumentation to allow researchers in the Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, and those in the south-central region of the United States to conduct a broad range of high impact, Discovery-class science.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, materials science, geosciences or related areas, and have a strong background in electron microbeam methods. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. Successful applicants must be reliable, quick-learning, highly organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The ability to work independently and in a team environment is important. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to delivering excellence in a timely manner and work well under pressure.

Familiarity with geological applicants of electron microscopy, XRD, and/or EBSD is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and written communication skills and will be expected to raise 25% of their salary support through externally funded projects.

Responsibilities include: maintaining all existing microbeam instrumentation, training and assisting users, developing and improving analytical protocols, teaching short courses and workshops, planning lab improvements, managing the operating account for the lab, and conducting independent research.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, including a statement of relevant equipment experience and research interests; current curriculum vitae; and contact information for at least three references.

Submit electronic copies of these materials online at For questions related to the search, please contact or

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Review of applications will commence on April 2, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The desired target date for the new research associate to assume duties is July 1, 2019, although this time frame is flexible.

The Jackson School Dept. of Geological Sciences (DGS) is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. DGS welcomes applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research, teaching, and service, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and others who would contribute in different ways.
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« Reply #72 on: April 02, 2019, 02:03:32 am »
One fully funded 4-year PhD position supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation is available at the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology of the ETH Zürich (Switzerland). This project will involve a large amount of microprobe and SEM analysis, and the candidate will at the end become an expert in REE-analysis and on the use of Probe for EPMA :)

The doctoral candidate will be part of the Magmatic Petrology and Volcanology group, working under the supervision of Dr. Julien Allaz and Prof. Olivier Bachmann:

Successful candidate should start at the latest on September 1st, 2019, although an earlier start on July 1st would be preferred. Please, submit a CV (resumé), a motivation letter, and a minimum of two references to Julien Allaz (

The candidate should have a strong interest in magmatic petrology, mineralogy, and field work. Knowledge of one or more of the following techniques will be an advantage (in order of importance): EPMA, SEM, LA-ICP-MS, microthermometry on fluid inclusion, SIMS.

Title: REE-mineralization in pegmatites of the South Platte district in the Pikes Peak Batholith, Colorado (USA)

Abstract: This project aims to understand the Rare Earth Element (REE) mineralization processes of several pegmatites hosted in the northern part of the Pikes Peak Batholith, a typical anorogenic “A-type” subaluminous to peralkaline intrusion. These pegmatites show a concentric zonation with a border facies against the granite, a microcline-rich intermediate zone, and a quartz or quartz + microcline core with a REE-rich mineralization occurring as veins and pockets near the interface between the intermediate zone and the core of the pegmatite. Previous works suggested an REE-enrichment, trending toward more heavy-REE + Y (HREE) or more light-REE (LREE) enrichment between different pegmatite. However, these limited data remain overall not conclusive. The investigation will compare these pegmatites and their host rocks in greater petrological and geochemical detail and with state-of-the-art analytical methods in order to answer one fundamental questions: what are the processes, melt- or aqueous/carbonic fluid-related, that lead to the REE-enrichment in the batholith, and the concentration, transport, and precipitation of REE-rich phases in the pegmatite.


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Re: EPMA Positions Open
« Reply #73 on: April 08, 2019, 01:19:08 pm »
Hello Colleagues,
We are looking for an EPMA person to conduct the day-to-day care and running of the instrument.  I think it would be a good opportunity for a BS or possibly MS person.  In addition to doing probe work, the person will also perform FIB work.  We are specifically looking for someone with extensive probe knowledge, but are willing to train them to use the FIB if they are not familiar.  The person needs to be comfortable with working with radioactive materials.
Here is the url for the job announcement:
Would you please pass this along to any interested people?


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Re: EPMA Positions Open
« Reply #74 on: May 02, 2019, 12:05:09 pm »
Anette posted this to the list server, so I reproduce it here:

Senior Technician - Geochemistry

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Auckland City Campus
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Permanent/Fixed Term:

Senior Technician – Geochemistry
The Faculty of Science

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers. We are seeking a Senior Technician in Geochemistry to provide technical support in our Microprobe lab and to provide support for academic research programmes primarily within the School of Environment.

The successful candidate will have the following key responsibilities:

    Instruct users on the operation and theory of the electron microprobe and ICPMS;
    Assist to obtain high quality analytical results and to interpret these results;
    Supervise and maintain the electron microprobe facility, including ancillary equipment;
    Develop improvements to analysis routines to enhance the quality of data from the facility, including testing and development of new applications;
    Maintain an orderly and effective laboratory, whilst meeting all health and safety requirements. 

Our ideal candidate will have:

Demonstrated experience in the operation and maintenance of a Field-Emission Source Electron Microprobe, Cathodoluminescence and Laser-Ablation
    Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry analytical techniques and data analysis.
    Familiarity with the theory of electron microanalysis
    A degree and postgraduate experience in geochemistry or a related field.
    Strong communication and interpersonal skills to interact with academics and students
    A positive can do attitude and a team player nature

Why us?
The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

    Flexible employment practices
    Career development programmes
    A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
    Company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

How to apply
Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Sunday 26th May 2019 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV combined as one document.   

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