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Research Associate

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Position Information

Position Information

Position Title: Research Associate
Position Number: 002873
Full-time or Part-time: Full Time
Department: Sponsored Research & Programs
Posting Number: 0401162
SHRA/EHRA: EHRA (Non-Faculty)
Job Category: Professional
Hiring Range:
Minimum salary: Commensurate with Education and Experience
Maximum salary: Commensurate with Education and Experience
Overall Position Competency: Flat Rate
Description of primary duties and responsibilities:

The Southeastern North Carolina Regional Micro analytical and Imaging Consortium (SENCR-MIC) was established by the Army Research Office (ARO), Department of Defense (DoD) in 2009. Two electron microscopes were purchased, including a world-class Field-Emission Electron Microprobe Analyzer (EMPA) and a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). To support the expanding research on Materials Science, additional grants have been awarded to FSU and additional instruments have been purchased. SENCR-MIC has been serving as an open platform for faculty, staff and students at Fayetteville State University and external users from academic, governmental and industrial agencies to conduct cutting-edge research and transformative education in the southeast North Carolina region and beyond.

Primary Purpose of the Position:
This position will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all research facilities of the SENCR-MIC.
•Establishing standard operational procedures (SOPs) of all instruments at SENCR-MIC and training users on all instruments using SOPs.
•Supporting faculty with teaching and conducting labs for students, including group demonstration or individual student training as needed.
•Providing technical support and professional service to users as needed, such as scheduling, sample preparation, instrument running, data acquisition and processing.
•Conducting routine preparation, tuning of instruments, instrument maintenance and minor repairs.
•Maintaining clean and organized rooms, to include routine safety inspections.
•Recording and keeping track of all of the instrument uses and log sheets for billing.
•Ordering supplies for the SENCR-MIC.
•Reporting to the Director with any problems within the SENCR-MIC.
•Other duties as assigned by the Director.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Research Associate will serve as the facility manager of the planed Core Analytical and Imaging Facility at FSU and support all aspects relevant to this core facility, including day-to-day maintenance of the instruments, training the facility users, maintaining and updating the facilities logbooks, and assuring safety and secure facility under the supervision of the Facility Director. Major duties include training diverse internal and external users on the instruments, providing technical assistance to users, conducting professional services based on user fees, teaching student labs for formal courses, and other duties as assigned by the Director. The Research Associate is responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of instruments at SENCR-MIC.

Description of Work Continued:
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor degree in Material Science, Geosciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or other disciplines

Knowledge skills and abilities:

Outstanding oral and written communication skills and must be able to work with a wide range of users, including faculty, staff, visiting scientists and students under supervision of the Director

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in electron microprobe or SEM analysis is preferred and experiences in TEM, AFM and XRD are optimum

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
EEO Statement:

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable), academic verification and credit history check (if applicable).

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and employment and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you have a Bachelor's Degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. What is your field of study?
    • Material Science
    • Geosciences
    • Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Other related field

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