Research Facility Manager, CRYO-EPS

Job summary

A Research Facility Manager position is available to provide research and user support in materials characterisation in the newly established state-of-the-art CRYO-EPS-Facility based at Imperial College. CRYO-EPS is a newly established focuses on cryo-enabled correlative microscopy approaches, blending electron microscopy and atom probe tomography to reveal structure and composition of materials of engineering interest up to the...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01467
  • Date posted 16 November 2020
  • Closing date 4 January 2021

Job description

Job summary

A Research Facility Manager position is available to provide research and user support in materials characterisation in the newly established state-of-the-art CRYO-EPS-Facility based at Imperial College. CRYO-EPS is a newly established focuses on cryo-enabled correlative microscopy approaches, blending electron microscopy and atom probe tomography to reveal structure and composition of materials of engineering interest up to the near-atomic-scale.

The applicant must be a highly motivated scientist or engineer with experience in atom probe tomography (APT), or a closely-related technique. Experience in a range of related techniques, including focused-ion beam and electron microscopies, as well as the operation and maintenance of these complex instruments is highly desirable. The applicant will provide user support for the facility, support external access, contribute to train PhDs and PDRAs, contribute to the development of new data analysis and experimental techniques, be responsible for aspects of equipment maintenance and development, undertake administration and teaching on the main characterisation tools, build relationships within the College and external agencies and industries to promote CRYO-EPS, help writing grant proposals; undertake research personally and in collaboration with associated investigators.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide relevant specialist engineering skills and knowledge to the facility.
  • Provide expert advice, both internally and externally to staff and students on the research capability of the facility.
  • Maintain effective interactions with instrument manufacturers.
  • Ensure access to the research facility is available to researchers as required
  • Ensure the operational environment is safe at all times.
  • Ensure all users are trained as required to use the instruments competently.
  • Perform ad hoc experiments when user training is not appropriate/possible.
  • Ensure the most appropriate service contract for the facilities and the department is in place from a technical and financial view point.
  • Ensure routine and preventative maintenance of the instruments is carried out – in addition and in support of the planned service agreement with the manufacturer.
  • Ensure the smooth day-to-day operations of the research facility including provision of supplies and consumables.
  • Provide technical support to the purchasing, installation and commissioning of any new equipment relating to the facility in consultation with other staff.
  • Successfully integrate the instrument(s) into current facility and departmental operations.
  • Work with the building and maintenance manager to ensure that the facility environment is fit for purpose (i.e. prompt and accurate reporting of faults/defects).
  • Contribute to the development of long term strategies for running, development and renovation of the research facility to ensure the provision of experimental services and optimal use of resources across the Department.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

Education

  • A degree (or equivalent) or MSc (or equivalent) in materials, physics or chemistry, or a related subject (e.g. metallurgy, electrical engineering etc.)
  • PhD (or equivalent) in materials, physics, chemistry, or equivalent

Experience

  • Expertise in handling and operating cryogenics.
  • Preferably a good understanding and experience of other standard materials characterisation methods.
  • Expertise in the use of appropriate (specific) software packages.
  • Extensive management experience of a facility/instrument in a research or industrial environment.
  • Experience of taking the lead with a team of colleagues in a changing environment
  • Experience in the installation and commissioning of new instruments, of setting up new-booking procedures and training others in the use of the new equipment.

Knowledge

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of atom probe tomography in a wide variety of contexts and materials systems.
  • In addition, a high level of expertise of the theory, and practical experience of the following is desirable:
    • Focused-ion beam and scanning-electron microscopy
    • transmission-electron microscopy
    • ultra-high vacuum systems
  • Practical knowledge and experience in designing experiments, and in specifying and maintaining relevant the instrumentation stated above.
  • Knowledge of research funding models.

Further information

Further information regarding the post can be obtained from Dr Baptiste Gault, b.gault@imperial.ac.uk and Dr Finn Giuliani, f.giuliani@imperial.ac.uk

Further guidance regarding the application may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

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Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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