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Professional Research Associate (PRA)

Company: University of Colorado - Boulder
Location: Boulder
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Job Description:

Requisition Number:24434Location: Boulder, Colorado Employment Type:Research FacultySchedule:Full-TimeDate Posted:25-Feb-2020 Close All Job SummaryThe Department of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder encourages applications for a motivated, full-time PhD-level Professional Research Associate (PRA) to operate the Materials Instrumentation and Multimodal Imaging Core (MIMIC) Facility. MIMIC provides specialized services for the assessment of chemistry, structure, and properties of materials across multiple length scales, with an emphasis on biological tissues, biomaterials, and biologically inspired soft and hard materials. MIMIC is a state-of-the-art instrumentation core that houses instruments including the following:Zeiss XRadia 520 Versa 4D X-ray MicroscopeHysitron TI-950 Nanoindentation SystemRenishaw InVia Raman Spectroscopy SystemMTS Insight II Mechanical Testing SystemMore information on the MIMIC Facility can be found here: https://www.colorado.edu/facility/mimic.The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Who We AreHands-on learning, advanced research, and an ambitious spirit are defining the next generation of engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering learn from a vibrant faculty conducting diverse research in consumer products, robotics, thermodynamics, energy, and the environment. We're home to nearly 1,200 students in undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs.Situated along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and in close proximity to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory, and the United States Geological Survey, CU Boulder provides an outstanding professional research environment for advanced materials science investigations. CU Boulder is ranked the #18th most ambitious university in the nation by Forbes Magazine (2015). We also have strong connections to multiple national laboratories located here in Boulder, providing real-world research opportunities for students.What Your Key Responsibilities Will BeA highly motivated, independent scientist is sought who will work closely with instrument users, develop experimental protocols, communicate with internal and external scientific communities, perform routine maintenance, and provide guidance and service in data management. The scientist will be trained to operate all instruments in the core and will subsequently train new instrumentalists. The successful candidate will be expected to retain existing users and recruit additional internal and external users at a level sufficient to sustain the MIMIC facility. They will also be responsible for performing normal business operations including data backup and management, website upkeep, and financial management and reporting.What You Should KnowAnticipated start date is March 15, 2020.The position will be under the supervision of Prof. Virginia Ferguson.What We Can OfferWe can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.Be StatementsBe Courageous. Be Inventive. Be Boulder.What We RequireA Ph.D. degree in materials science or a related field.Strong knowledge and demonstrated experience in at least one of the aforementioned instrumentation techniques in the MIMIC facility.Excellent writing skills, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.What You Will NeedAn equal desire to work independently and with teams of interdisciplinary researchers.Strong technical, communication, and teaching skills and disciplined record-keeping.Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:Cover LetterResume/CVProof of Degree The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree.Letter of RecommendationReview of applications will continue until the position is filled.Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Virginia FergusonPosting Contact Email: virginia.ferguson@colorado.edu

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