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Open position in OSU Chemistry: Postdoctoral scholar
X-ray diffraction specialist
This is a full-time position to maintain and oversee operations for our X-ray instrumentation laboratory. General job duties include user training, managing compliance, routine maintenance, and consulting with students and faculty on research applications for diffraction instruments, including some or all of the following: (1) Rigaku Ultima for powder and thin film XRD and thin-film reflectivity, (2) Rigaku SmartLab for X-ray total scattering, (3) Rigaku Miniflex (with 9-position sample changer) for routine powder diffraction, (4) Anton Paar SAXsess for small-angle scattering, and a (5) Rigaku Synergy for single-crystal XRD. The Chemistry Department will support training for instrumentation and techniques where required.
Specific job duties may include the following: training and assisting users, user tracking and bookkeeping for monthly fee collection, leading X-ray safety and compliance efforts with EH&S, collaborating on scientific projects with faculty and students, routine maintenance such as tube changing and instrument alignment, and troubleshooting and organizing instrument repair when required. Additional duties may include soliciting new external users and participating in instructional activities such as seminars and advanced X-ray courses.
Required qualifications: A Ph.D. in Physical Science with focus and expertise in X-ray techniques. Strong written and oral communication skills, and willingness and ability to work in a highly collaborative setting. Postdoctoral scholar appointments at OSU may be renewed annually on a fiscal year basis for up to three years, so long as the postdoctoral scholar is within five years from receipt of the doctoral degree.
Desired qualifications: Expertise on three or more of the specific instruments and techniques listed above.
The OSU Department of Chemistry has approximately 120 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars supervised by 15 research-active faculty. Approximately half of the research groups use X-ray instrumentation in their research activities. Faculty in other units including engineering and biosciences, as well as local industry, also rely on the department’s X-ray facilities.
To apply, please send a cover letter and cv, and arrange to have 2-3 reference letters, sent to Luanne.email@example.com. Full consideration will be given to applications that are completed by Oct 10. 2020. This position will remain open until filled. Questions about the position can be sent to the same email address.
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