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Job advertisement Research Associate in quantitative microanalysis

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Research Associate in quantitative microanalysis

Research Associate in quantitative microanalysis


UBC, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department


Vancouver, BC, Canada


Relevant divisions
Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology (GMPV)
Geomorphology (GM)

Full time


60000 - 85000 € / Year

Preferred education

Application deadline
14 August 2021

15 July 2021

Job description

We are seeking a research associate in the field of quantitative microanalysis to contribute scientific expertise to the UBC Electron Microbeam/X-ray Diffraction Facility (EMXDF), in the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science. The facility consists of the following instruments: A Cameca SX-50 electron microprobe (EPMA), soon to be replaced with a new field emission microprobe, a Philips XL-30 scanning electron microscope (SEM) with a Bruker energy-dispersive x-ray detector (EDX), and two Bruker x-ray powder diffractometers (XRD).
The position will involve quantitative x-ray analysis on a new field emission electron microprobe (FE-EPMA) instrument, providing automated mineralogy analysis, technical assistance, and other potential analyses.
The selected candidate may be asked to provide hands-on educational processes that engage upper year and graduate students in real world applications of advanced electron microbeam analytical techniques to geological and hard materials problems in a classroom and/or laboratory environment.
The selected candidate will collaborate with staff research scientists, faculty members and other users of the facility in the development, planning, and performance of analytical projects.
The scope of the analytical work will include instructing and supervising users of the facilities, providing advice on project scope, planning how to achieve research goals, providing quantitative EPMA analysis of various materials and providing automated mineralogy analysis of various materials.
In addition, the candidate will be responsible for maintaining the scheduling and upkeep of the EPMA, establishing project budgets and budget management and developing new analytical procedures and user manuals for EPMA, SEM and automated mineralogy.
We seek a researcher with demonstrated experience in real world analytical problem-solving with electron microbeam techniques. This individual should have exceptional communication and organizational skills, and a strong record in developing analytical techniques on field emission electron microprobe instrumentation.
The following are all required: A PhD with a specialization in mineralogy, and research experience with electron beam microanalysis; a minimum of three years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience; expertise in microanalysis.; the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; strong inter-personal skills and the ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner.
The following are all strongly desired: demonstrated experience in electron microbeam analysis, with automated mineralogy experience; a particular specialization in light element analysis; experience with late model JEOL equipment; strong community engagement within the greater microscopy community; willingness to learn new methods of quantitative phase analysis.
The candidate will work creatively with minimal supervision, will make independent decisions, will have wide latitude in task scheduling to deliver technical reports meeting firm deadlines, and discuss design progress, results, changes, and suggestions with project supervisors.
The position requires the ability to write and present technical materials and reports, and also high-level skills in reviewing and quality-controlling experimental data. Successful candidates must be able to compile literature data and analyze experimental data with a high level of proficiency.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

How to apply

How to Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae with contact information through the UBC careers site by August, 13, 2021. (JR3280).