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Research Scientist

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Expected start date is September 2017.

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Research Scientist
Department Shared Equipment Authority (SEA)
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S17330
Open Date 03/08/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

$40,800 – $79,100

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., other time as needed.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The Rice University School of Engineering and School of Natural Sciences seeks to fill a research scientist position with an emphasis in Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Rice University was awarded a new ToF-SIMS instrument for materials analysis by the National Science Foundation (award # 1626418, PI: Rafael Verduzco), and the successful candidate will work with Professor Verduzco and users across the university to establish a center for SIMS analysis in the Houston area. This will be the only ToF-SIMS instrument in the Gulf Coast area with the latest capabilities in the field, including a gas-cluster source and cryogenic stage for depth profiling and analysis of soft materials. This job announcement seeks a motivated individual who can lead, manage, teach and grow this advanced facility.

The position and instrument will be part of the Shared Equipment Authority (www.sea.rice.edu) at Rice University which includes 13 regular staff for operating and maintaining instrumentation across campus and providing training to users. The position has guaranteed funding for 3 years and a possibility for regular, full time support as a full-time staff of the Shared Equipment Authority.

Expected start date is May 2018.

Education Required PhD or other Doctoral Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

Various fields in science and engineering, including but not limited to materials science, physics, applied physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, earth sciences.

Substitution for Education Requirement

None

Education Preferred
Experience Required 3 years
Type of Experience

SIMS experience.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

None

Experience Preferred
License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Data analysis.

Skills Preferred
Internal / External Contacts

The Research Scientist will provide basic instruction, when necessary to: undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, faculty and external users wanting to learn how the use of the instruments in the Tof SIMS center in their research. At the faculty’s request the Research Scientist provides brief demonstrations to undergraduate lab classes on how the instruments are used.

Physical Demands

Long hours of standing may be required.
Lifting of items up to 30Lbs.

Working Conditions

Evenings/weekends may be required.
May be required to secure instruments in preparation for severe storms.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Expected start date is September 2017.

Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/9846

Job Duties

Job Duty Name Facility management
Description of Job Duty

- Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration, and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

- The SIMS Research Scientist will be responsible for operating the TOF-SIMS instrument at Rice University. This includes performing routine maintenance, training users, running samples for service, and assisting researchers with instrument operation and data analysis.

- The Research Scientist may be asked to closely work with the faculty in preparing grant proposals seeking funding for the acquisition of equipment that will improve the Center’s ability to do research and teach graduate and undergraduate students. Once funding is obtained, the Research Scientist works with vendor personnel and with Rice’s Facilities and Engineering staff to ensure that the required laboratory utilities are installed by the time the instrument is delivered.

- The Research Scientist is also responsible for the general oversight of the facility (including but not limited to: card-key access control, routine maintenance of the process equipment in the Center, the equipment required to keep the room clean, and other associated equipment such as trace gas monitors.

- The Research Scientist will provide basic instruction, when necessary to: undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, faculty and external users wanting to learn how the use of the instruments in the Center in their research. At the faculty’s request the Research Scientist provides brief demonstrations to undergraduate lab classes on how the instruments are used.

- The Research Scientist provides advanced training to individuals needing to learn more specialized techniques for their research. The Research Scientist works to the extent necessary with these individuals in performing the experiments, interpreting the results, deciding what additional work, if any, should then be done, and writing up the results for publication. At the faculty’s request, the Manager also pursues the implementation of new techniques needed for research on the existing instrumentation.

- The Research Scientist establishes, with the RDI Director’s/SEA approval, the rules governing the use of various instruments to maximize usage and revenues generated.

- The Research Scientist participates in tracking equipment usage for user fee charges.

- The Research Scientist may participate in curriculum development at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Percentage of Time 100

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a PhD or other doctoral degree in science and engineering, including but not limited to materials science, physics, applied physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and/or earth sciences?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have three or more years of experience with SIMS (Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry)?
    • Yes
    • No