A Bachelor’s degree in materials science/engineering, physics, materials chemistry or related discipline and at least one year of research experience, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant research experience.
Experience with x-ray diffraction techniques in a research capacity is required.
Advanced education in materials science/engineering, physics, materials chemistry or related discipline and at least two years of research experience.
Experience in training of users to apply analytical techniques.
Must have understanding of the fundamental scientific principles as well as how-to aspects of running diffractometers.
Experience interfacing with industrial clients/collaborators in research activity.
Excellent communication skills.
(1) train/assist users in the above 30%
(2) upgrade, maintain, troubleshoot, and service existing instrument and software systems mentioned above 40%
(3) perform analytical work with the above 20%
(4) develop and upgrade training, marketing and web materials 5%
(5) help to organize and conduct user group/workshops. 5%
CharFac resides administratively under the College of Science and Engineering with additional support from the Medical School. Well over 100 faculty research programs use our capabilities; these researchers originate from dozens of University of Minnesota departments under several colleges. The CharFac center also works with some 60 industrial companies in a typical year, ranging from small start-ups to multinational corporations; these interactions include analytical service, training for independent use, and research collaboration. Finally, the CharFac is supported by the National Science Foundation as a key node in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network to work with external academic institutions including research universities, 4-year colleges, technical colleges, and K-12 schools.