Job Description: The Materials Analysis Research Laboratory (MARL) in the Department of Biotechnology at Iowa State University is seeking qualified candidates for an Instrument Scientist (Assistant Scientist I or II). This position is responsible for operation and support of x-ray diffraction and scattering equipment within MARL which includes a powder diffractometer and a small angle scattering system. The lab also houses a scanning electron microscope with x-ray analyzer, an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer, thermal analyzers (TGA and SDT) and an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer.
Work is split between training clients (mostly graduate students) to use the equipment on their own and performing the characterization, including both chemical and physical analyses, for them. Therefore the successful candidate is expected to have a broad knowledge of the possible techniques and able to choose the appropriate technique for the issue at hand.
- M.S. degree in engineering or physical sciences with five years of experience using and maintaining x-ray instrumentation for materials characterization. Ph.D. preferred.
- Experience with other characterization tools.
- Experience with training clients to use laboratory equipment.
- Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects.
- Demonstrated oral and written communication skills for developing a plan of action and reporting results.
Required Minimum Quals:
- Bachelor's degree and 1 year of related experience.