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Senior Research Scientist - Materials Research Lab

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Urbana, 61820
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Senior Research Scientist

Materials Research Laboratory

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking to hire a highly motivated Senior Research Scientist to work in its cryo-EM (cryogenic electron microscopy) and micro-ED (micro electron diffraction) shared instrumentation core facilities. The Senior Research Scientist will serve as member of the MRL Central Research Facilities staff with a focus on advanced data analysis and research support in these related areas.

The successful candidate will become member of the dedicated staff of approximately 25 scientists and engineers, who maintain major research instruments in the MRL's core facilities for electron microscopy in addition to other cores of shared instrumentation for scanning probe microscopy, laser and optical spectroscopy, surface, thermal and physical properties analysis, x-ray scattering and nanofabrication facilities.  Approximately 1,000 researchers from across our campus as well as other academic institutions, industry, and national laboratories use the facilities, logging about 90,000 user hours annually. The lab is recognized as one of the premier mid-sized user facilities in the nation. For details, please visit us online at

  • Support the cryo-EM (cryogenic electron microscopy) and micro-ED (micron electron diffraction) core of the MRL facilities by working with our various researchers on experimental and data collection strategies, advanced data analysis, and presenting and discussing the findings. Actively support various research programs on campus by providing crystallography and molecular biology data analysis, simulation and fitting, structure determination, refinement, and solution.
  •       Prepare and deliver primary and advanced training on micro-ED and cryo-EM data analysis to students and researchers in the MRL facilities.
  •       Work with MRL management and campus researchers to develop funding proposals to support new research initiatives and new instrumentation acquisition and upgrades.
  •        In cooperation with other MRL staff and campus researchers, participate in instrumentation development and modifications in order to enhance the technical capabilities on campus.
  • -     Formulate, compile, and distribute suitable suggestions for documentation improvements for collective staff scientist review. Incorporate approved modifications into training documents and procedures. Train new and current users, PIs, and MRL staff on updated safety policies, including procedures for working in both BSL-1 and BSL-2 research environments. This includes the creation of videos and multimedia tutorials.
  •       Give oral presentations to large audiences, including recording training material for media outlets, and online, live video streaming. Participate in outreach events, including Engineering Open House, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs, or giving presentations not directly affiliated with the MRL. Actively participate in development of EM-related workshops, classroom lectures, and educational instrument demonstrations.
  •       Participate in the development of, or improvement of existing classroom course material in the areas of crystallography, micro-ED, cryo-EM, etc. Participate in classroom teaching if required and appropriate.
  •        Crosstrain in other facility techniques to function as backup for other staff members and increase knowledge and experience.
  •        Perform facility-wide safety tasks as assigned.
  •        Assume additional appropriate responsibilities to promote the unit's mission as needed.
  • Ph.D. in engineering, chemical, biological, physical sciences, or related field.
  • Five years of hands-on experience with advanced data analysis in structural biology or crystallography.
  • Three years of experience in classroom course development and teaching of related BSc and MSc level courses.
  • Proven track record of successful research proposals funding. This includes leading proposal concept, preparation, and post-award management.
  • Experience performing and providing basic and advanced training to students and other researchers in crystallography and molecular and cell biology.
  • Experience working in a multi-user research facility or national lab supporting research needs for diverse research programs.  
  • Experience supervising PhD and MSc students.
This is a full-time Academic Professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. The minimum salary for this position is $85,000 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The individual hired into this position would be expected to work onsite on a full-time basis. We are willing to support candidates who require work authorization sponsorship. For further information about this specific position, please contact Summer Redman at For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.


Applications must be received by July 25, 2024. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Please upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, please contact Summer Redman at For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1025563

Job Category: Research

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