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Research Specialist 1

Job Location: 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Job Title / Reference: 
Research Specialist 1 / R00018225
$27, 287 - $40,931
Application Details / Contact: 

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Maintenance and daily operations of VUV, IR and X-ray beamlines.   Design and fabrication of beamlines for the Scientific group.  Assist all beamline scientists in other areas as needed. (35%)

Installing, trouble-shooting and repairing new and malfunctioning beamline components as needed. Includes designing and commissioning new instrumentation. (20%)

Control and maintenance of the beamline and endstation electronic equipment and the UHV vacuum systems, maintaining sample preparation areas and chemical inventory (15%)

Active participation in ongoing research projects.  Collaborate with internal and external users and assist with their experiments- which requires some understanding of the various experimental spectroscopy/scattering techiques. (15%)

Maintenance and writing of software for beamline control as needed. Train and supervise student workers; member of outreach group performing demonstrations for tours. (15%)

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a STEM field and at least two years of related experience.

Ideal candidates will be mechanically inclined, a good problem solver, and demonstrate a willingness to learn. Good communications skill required.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree and at least three years of related experience. Familiarity with X-ray/VUV physics and related analytical techniques; knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems. Laboratory experience with electronics & control software a plus.

Special Qualifications

Due to the nature of the position and/or position responsibilities this position shall be subject to  drug/alcohol testing in  accordance with University Policy Statement 67.

Working hours are flexible but may require evening and weekend shifts for completion of an experiment and/or beamline installation.

Additional Job Description:

Special Instructions:

Please provide your cover letter, resume, and three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address. A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.

Posting Date:

November 22, 2017

Closing Date (Open Until Filled if No Date Specified):

December 14, 2017

Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

Open until filled (The job posting will expire 3 months after post date): 
Open until filled
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