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Job Summary

The College of Engineering (CoE) is seeking a talented and dynamic professional with advanced expertise in conventional and state of the art aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy, sample preparation, energy dispersive spectroscopy, energy loss spectrometry, and data processing to serve as an instrument scientist.


Salary will be commensurate with experience.


  • Advanced level training of new users in equipment operation and laboratory techniques, and for technical support of existing users
  • Daily tool alignment and calibration, fault diagnostics, services calls, interaction with service engineers and follow-up, communication with users regarding status of instruments, and routine maintenance needs to limit tool down time as much as possible.
  • Develop new techniques and applications including cryo-EM and tomography approached based on the existing instruments to support current and future campus research
  • Preparation and update tool documentations, including Standard Operation Procedures, detailed training manuals and other training material.
  • Remote analysis as asked by service engineer or managers.
  • Maintenance of stock of spare parts, consumables, tools, and instrument ancillary equipment and surrounding space.
  • Experiments as part of the user and industrial services and provide well documented and written reports
  • Technical support as required for workshops and courses.
  • Work with other (MC)2 staff and manager to optimize schedules and tasks
  • Report to Center Manager.
  • Advocate for the center to promote the growth of the Center user community.
  • Adhere to all University and College policies.

Required Qualifications*

The preferred candidate will have obtained a MS in Materials Science, Physics, or related physical science/engineering field, at least a 2 year of advanced experience in state-of-the-art aberration-corrected electron microscopy techniques.


The preferred candidate will have excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills as well as exceptional communications ability, a thorough understanding of design, operation, calibration and maintenance of microscopes, a thorough and complete knowledge of safety requirements as well as the ability to promulgate safety policies and protocols throughout the organization.


The preferred candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • ability to train and guide the diverse user community (students, post-doctoral researchers, visiting scientist, industrial users),
  • ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population,
  • strong analytical skills,
  • ability to formulate and explain complex scientific problems,
  • a record of publications commensurate to the years of experience,
  • effective communication and writing skills to prepare and present technical and scientific documents,
  • ability to work in a team environment, collaborate, and perform independent research,
  • ability to quickly adapt to schedule and procedure modifications.

Additional Information

The Michigan Center for Materials Characterization, or (MC)2, is the new College of Engineering’s (CoE’s) shared microscopy and characterization facility housing state-of-the-art equipment, including aberration corrected transmission electron microscopes, dual beam focused ion beam / scanning electron microscopes, an x-ray photo-electron spectrometer, a tribo-indenter and atomic force microscope, an atom probe tomography instrument and an 3D x-ray microscope. (MC)2 supports a diverse multidisciplinary user-base of more than 550 users from various colleges and department across the UM campus, more than 100 internal research groups, and 20 non-academic companies. The mission of (MC)2 is to provide cost effective, efficient, safe, and socially responsible access to advanced characterization equipment and expertise thereby promoting, enabling, and encouraging cutting edge education, research, and business development.

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Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.