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SMCL Director - Senior Staff Associate II in the Center for Integrated Science and Engineering

Columbia University - Columbia Nano Initiative
New York City, New York (US)
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 29, 2021

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics
Job Type
Lab Manager
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Job Details

The CNI Shared Materials Characterization Lab (SMCL) consists of advanced characterization instruments in nanotechnology to study the properties of materials. The SMCL director oversees this facility working independently but is part of the larger CNI labs team reporting to the director of the CNI labs.

The SMCL director needs to demonstrate mastery in surface characterization tools (X-ray crystallography, Magnetometers, Spectrophotometers, Ellipsometry, Atomic Force Microscopy, and tools within a glove box). They support research projects of users of the lab and develop new characterization techniques to aid the advanced research projects of users.

The SMCL director teaches lab users how to plan their experiments using the suitable equipment configuration and how to operate the equipment. The SMCL director also assist with data analyses and interpretation.

The SMCL director is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all characterization tools in the lab. This includes performing certain repairs and coordinating larger repairs with the equipment vendors.

The SMCL director participates in writing grant proposals and raising funds for instrument acquisition and upgrades, as well as other research proposals relevant to the SMCL.

The SMCL director takes active part in budget planning and user fees collection (operational cost recoveries) for the financial health of the lab.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, or related field is required. A minimum of 5 years of research experience in a scientific lab using characterization equipment is required. 6-10 years of research experience is preferred.  

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 advanced laboratory characterization and metrology techniques is desired. Preferred experience should include equipment operation, maintenance, and data interpretation. The SMCL director should be able to perform literature surveys to understand scientific data.

Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communication skills are desired-the staff associate/senior staff associate will serve as a primary interface to SMCL users;  

Additional Information

Other highly desired attributes include: excellent analytical reasoning and problem solving skills; good organizational skills; ability to work with interruptions; ability to work independently with minimal supervision but also as part of a team; Knowledge of safety and working procedures with hazardous gases and chemicals is an advantage. 

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


The Columbia Nano Initiative (CNI) is an interdisciplinary community within Columbia University dedicated to supporting and developing research efforts in nanotechnology.  The CNI Shared Facilities are open to student and faculty researchers, as well as those from government, start-ups, and industry. The Clean Room offers a comprehensive set of tools for microfabrication and nanofabrication. The Materials Characterization Laboratory and the Electron Microscopy Laboratory offer state-of-the-art instruments for chemical and structural characterization of materials.

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