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Research Associate, Department of Geological Sciences, The Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin

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 PhD degree in chemistry, materials science, geosciences or related areas, and have a strong background in electron microbeam methods. 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. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Responsibilities include: maintaining all existing microbream 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 Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.