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Specialist - Electron Microscopy Expert

Position overview

Salary range: Specialist: $86,900-$181,800

Application Window

Open date: November 20, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Mar 29, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Apr 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Irvine is currently accepting applications for a specialist position to manage the day-to-day operations of electron microscopy facilities and services to users at the UC Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI). IMRI operates a large number of open-access user facilities for the characterization of inorganic, organic, and biological materials and devices ranging from sub-Å to macroscopic length scales – available to all university, industry, and non-profit researchers (for details see It offers advanced techniques and services including structural and chemical characterization in different length scales, 3D imaging, surface analysis, physical property measurements, and fabrication of materials and devices by a variety of techniques.

The TEM specialist will operate, maintain, and improve the transmission electron microscopes (TEMs); train, supervise, and work directly with users to carry out research; co-manage all aspects of day-to-day IMRI operations; participate in teaching and outreach activities; work with the IMRI leadership to identify and obtain accessories and additional equipment for a phased build-out of the TEM facility; promote IMRI on and off campus; secure grants, perform original research, attend scientific conferences, and publish scientific research in peer-reviewed journals.

To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting materials should be received by the close date. This position will remain open until filled. Inquiries should be addressed to Prof. Xiaoqing Pan


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

The successful applicants must hold PhD or equivalent degrees in the areas of Biology, Medicine, Materials Science, Physics, or Chemistry, and be TEM experts with at least five years of in-depth, hands-on experience with TEM imaging, data analysis, sample preparation, and maintenance of TEM equipment. Experience in cryo-TEM is preferable. The applicant must have mastery of modern TEM instrumentation and methods, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Candidates with experience operating user facilities and expertise with advanced TEM techniques are of particular interest.

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About UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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