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Research Support Specialist II

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Laboratory and Research

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Research Support Specialist II

Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)

We are looking for a dynamic individual who will interact with and provide excellent customer service to the local research community. This position is ideal for someone who can adeptly operate scientific instrumentation, optimize sample analyses, and can prioritize multiple, changing tasks. There will be frequent need for troubleshooting instrumentation and finding creative solutions to repairs and requests. The Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) supports fundamental materials research and serves students, scientists, and researchers from Cornell and other academic, government, or industry researchers from around the world. This vibrant and active facility of shared instrumentation is overseen by expert facility staff who maintain instruments, train the next generation of materials researchers, and analyze samples as a service. Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as primary contact for a subset of instruments in the CCMR Shared Facility. Instruments may include but are not limited to: magnetic characterization vis PPMS or SQUID, surface analysis (XPS, AFM, profilometry), thin film deposition systems, vacuum systems, spectrometers, confocal microscopes, and more.

  • Technical support within the CCMR Shared Facility, supporting facility staff and researchers with day to day research needs such as maintaining instruments, training researchers on how to safely use moderately complex instrumentation, and ensuring acquisition of high-quality data.

  • Work with Facility staff and researchers to evaluate new and unique instrumentation that will meet a variety of needs. Procurement of inventory, supplies, and maintenance items.

  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems. May involve designing of instrumentation, machining, procurement.

  • Train researchers on safe and proper use of facility equipment. Develop instrument use (standard operating procedures) and lab safety protocols with assistance from Environmental Health & Safety.

  • Monitor records of equipment usage and maintenance for accounting, safety, and billing purposes.

  • Perform analyses for off-campus users and compile research summary reports as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a physical science, materials science, engineering, or similar discipline.

  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination.

  • Applicants must possess a strong work ethic and self-motivation, ability to work independently at times.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

  • Excellent computer skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Materials Science, a physical science, engineering, or similar discipline, or equivalent.

  • Experience with electric or magnetic device characterization, microscopy, thin film deposition, or high vacuum technology.

  • Experience with Labview or similar hardware-software interfacing.

Please attach both a cover letter and resume with your application.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

University Job Title:

Research Support Spec II



Pay Rate Type:




Contact Name:

Kristie Devine

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