Facility Manager / Research Associate

Job Summary: 
We are looking for a talented individual who will work with researchers at all levels, undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, faculty, from both within and external to the university, to operate a newly acquired, state-of-the-art Pulsed Laser Deposition instrument (PVD Products PLD/MBE-2300). This system is integrated with a number of advanced features including in situ RHEED for monitoring of film growth characteristics, RF biased sputtering for substrate preparation, and capabilities for the creation of combinatorial libraries.


Application Procedure:

Materials should be submitted as a single PDF to w-kung@northwestern.edu. Complete applications will include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Summary of Research Accomplishments (2 to 4 pages)
  • Contact information for three references (name, postal and email addresses, phone number)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the search is closed. A decision is anticipated by the end of July 2015.

Job responsibilities will focus on training and assisting users on film growth, including offering frequent training sessions, maintaining user records, servicing the instrument, performing calibrations, ensuring lab safety, and communicating with the manufacturer to solve any operational issues. The research associate will also be expected to assist users in performing specialized experiments, to provide input for annual reports, and to engage the broader public through occasional outreach events. Beyond providing service to the research community, the research associate will have ample opportunity for independent and collaborative research, leading to joint or independent publications and the creation of intellectual property.
Job Qualifications: 
Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering or Physics, or a related field, and at least 2 years of experience in film growth and characterization. The candidate will also have exceptional problem solving and organizational skills and be able to communicate clearly and effectively with users, vendors and collaborators. Experience with the specific instrument described above will be an advantage, but is not necessary.  With the expected installation of the instrument in the summer of 2015, preference will be given to those candidates with direct experience in film growth by pulsed laser deposition.