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The UW's Clean Energy Institute has an outstanding opportunity for a RESEARCH SCIENTIST 2 to work as part of the professional staff of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds.
The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds provide academic and industrial user access to advanced characterization, fabrication, processing, and computing tools. Research undertaken at the facility is focused on the development of transitional energy devices, algorithms and other technologies. The equipment, analytical instrumentation, and computing capabilities are designed to meet the flexible needs of a multidisciplinary user base.
The Research Scientist/Engineer is responsible for instrument maintenance, demonstration, training, and sample evaluation using a variety of analysis techniques. The primary emphasis of duties will be on materials and electrical analysis tools including, but not limited to, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), profilometry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), voltammetry, and battery and photovoltaic performance evaluation. Secondary emphasis of work will be on printing-based fabrication techniques and computer-based simulations.
Specifically, the individual in this role will be responsible for the following:
- Perform basic preventative maintenance and calibrations.
- Investigate instrument-related issues, execute troubleshooting procedures.
- Contact vendor maintenance specialists if problem cannot be fixed by WCET staff.
- Anticipate the need for consumables and accessories for equipment based on demand.
- Be cross trained on fabrication, processing, manufacturing, and systems integration instruments to provide secondary support to other parts of WCET.
- Work with other facility staff and users to perform and train users in sample preparation, execution of analysis, interpretation of data, and reporting of results.
- Coordinate with other staff members in order to schedule facilities and equipment use in an efficient fashion
- Execute standard operating procedures for facility users. Suggest and document practical changes for approval by management; feasibility and validation studies of new or revised methods.
- Ensure compliance with UW and local regulatory and permitting authorities' requirements.
- Make recommendations related to the organization of the lab, space, safety, equipment management, software, procedures, etc. to support continual process improvement within WCET.
- Contribute to reports to the universities, sponsors, funding agencies, and other requesting organizations.
User and Community Interaction
- Work directly with local researchers from UW, industry, national labs, and other academic institutions to support their needs through equipment and processing training and support.
- Communicate with users to thoroughly understand their research and facility needs and report results.
- Contribute to technical and educational resources (manuals, webpages, training modules, etc.) and provide materials, lessons, and presentations for visitors, users, and guests to WCET.
- Assist in science technology engineering and math (STEM) outreach activities and events.
| - Bachelor's degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or other related field. |
- 2 years of experience working in a technical or academic research setting.
- Knowledge of and experience with a variety of materials analysis and/or electroanalytical instrumentation, sample preparation, health and safety regulations, and equipment maintenance.
- Experience with complicated instrumentation with auxiliary equipment (chillers, vacuum pumps, etc.).
- Demonstration of logical problem solving to provide expedient and enduring corrective actions for laboratory problems.
- Ability to write and document lab policies and procedures clearly, communicate with users during training and supervisory exercises.
- Experience providing excellent customer service to clients in technical fields.
- Ability to multi-task and complete multiple projects in a timely manner.
- Ability to train and interaction with scientists with a range of backgrounds and levels of education.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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