Staff Associate/Senior Staff Associate – SMCL Manager - Columbia Nano Initiative

New York City, New York (US)
Commensurate with experience
October 08 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Lab Manager

Reporting to the Director of the Shared Facilities, the SMCL Director will: maintain, develop, and administer the Shared Materials Characterization Laboratory; Responsible for all aspects of the administration of the SMCL facilities, including safety, budget, and periodic maintenance and troubleshooting/repair of equipment. The staff associate/senior staff associate submits purchase requests, maintains all necessary computer infrastructure for the SMCL facility such as workstations, routers, printers, data servers, and software for the SMCL instruments, supervises and guides lab assistants (“superusers”); If required, the SMCL Director may assist in other CNI shared facility labs as well.

Serves as an expert advisor in the field of X-ray diffraction, magnetometry, microscopy, spectroscopy, and thermal analysis of materials. He will independently choose appropriate experiments, designing protocols, carrying out experiments, and analyzing data to assist with users’ research.  He will keep current on the materials characterization literature and independently brings new, appropriate materials techniques and software into the facility.  He will develop new techniques or modify or implement published techniques.

Responsible for improving scientific capabilities of the facility he will assist with the installation of new instrumentation.  In consultation with faculty and the director of shared facility, assesses the facility’s need for new equipment.  Assists with preparation and submission of grant proposals to funding agencies. Responsible for training users on characterization techniques and data interpretation. Establishes training procedures including demonstrations and written user guides and SOPs.

Responsible in conjunction with the Director of Shared Facility Laboratories, for the facility safety procedures, budget, supplies, and usage billing. If needed will design and teach a graduate-level course on materials and characterization. Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned/requested. Must be able to function independently.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS). A bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, or related field is required. A minimum of 2 years of research experience in a scientific lab using characterization equipment is required.

 Preferred Qualifications:

Additional desired qualifications include: More than 5 years of research experience, preferably a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related field. Understanding of new and modern laboratory characterization and metrology techniques, including equipment operation, maintenance, and data interpretation. Being able to perform literature surveys to understand scientific data. Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills--the staff associate/senior staff associate will serve as a primary interface to SMCL users; the ability to work with wide variety of users including biologists, chemists, physicists, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers; experience and expertise in the design of materials properties study techniques; Familiarity with equipment and methodology for characterization and development of semiconductor, chemistry, physical and biological processes, including microscopy and metrology.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer --Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

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