Auto req ID: 21629BR
School/Unit: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department: Center for Nanoscale Systems
Union: 00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Duties & Responsibilities: The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University seeks a multi-talented, enthusiastic individual to work within the Material Characterization and Synthesis Group as optical microscopy scientist providing services to CNS users, maintaining state-of-the-art scientific equipment, developing process recipes, writing SOPs and related documents, and helping other staff members. CNS is an open, shared-use facility serving Harvard as well as external academic and industrial users. Working under the supervision of the Materials Facility Manager, this person will assist and train users to operate a diverse range of imaging, optical and spectral analysis, materials synthesis, processing, and characterization equipment. These instruments include optical and atomic force microscopes, thermal and spectral analysis equipment, Raman and FTIR spectrometers, confocal microscopes, laser illumination sources, and other general laboratory equipment. The candidate will also share responsibility for the maintenance and enhancement of the Biomaterial Preparation Laboratory and the Optical/Force Microscopy Facility. Collaboration with other CNS personnel to achieve these objectives is expected. The candidate will also conduct experiments for remote CNS users. Detailed record keeping of instrument activity and authorship of operating procedures is expected.
Basic Qualifications: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Engineering field is required.
Additional Qualifications: Candidate should have experience in laboratory environments. Hands-on experience with light microscopes and laser sources are also required. The candidate should be self-motivated with a strong desire to acquire on-the-job training, to succeed, to develop intellectually, and to develop practical professional skills. Ability to work well in teams is crucial. Candidate must be able to work well with a large, diverse community of users with emphasis on customer service. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are absolutely essential for this position. 3 years of relevant work experience or a graduate degree in Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, Bio/Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Surface Science, or a related field is desirable. Extensive hands-on experience with non-linear optical systems and techniques, ultrafast laser systems, confocal microscopes, Raman and FTIR spectrometers, and optical and spectral characterization instruments is highly desirable. Working knowledge of cell culture techniques and biological imaging would be an advantage. Also some experience with scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) would be desirable.
Pre-Employment Screening: Criminal
Additional Information: Working Conditions: Required to work with hazardous materials in biological, chemical and measurement laboratory environments, as well as around biological laboratory equipment, cell cultures, lasers, compressed gases, acids, solvents, vacuum pump oils, and other chemicals. Must be very dexterous; will be required to work on large and small assemblies. All candidates must be authorized to work in the US.
Additional information regarding the Center for Nanoscale Systems can be found at: www.cns.fas.harvard.edu The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University is a user facility and a node in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). CNS provides centralized user facilities for imaging, materials synthesis and nanofabrication research support.
All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.