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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Specialist - X-ray in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Specialist - X-ray

  • Job Number: 19674

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: Materials Research Laboratory

  • School Area: VP Research

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

RESEARCH SPECIALIST, X-RAY, Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)-X-ray Shared Experimental Facility, to support the research efforts of scientists and engineers from diverse departments, labs, and centers at MIT, surrounding universities, and local companies. Responsibilities include teaching students/researchers how to safely and effectively operate instruments and effectively analyze data; maintaining X-ray instruments and computers for accurate operation; managing the lab environment with an emphasis on safety and cleanliness; participating in billing and other administrative duties; providing support and expertise for the research community in the area of X-ray diffraction; collaborating with MIT research groups to facilitate the success of their research; and handling other projects as needed.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: master's degree in a materials-related field (materials science, chemistry, applied physics, etc.); hands-on experience and solid understanding of X-ray crystallography and ability to acquire, process, analyze, and interpret X-ray diffraction data; knowledge of and experience with X-ray powder diffraction for quantitative phase analysis, grazing incidence diffraction of thin films, structure refinement, triple-axis diffraction of epitaxial thin films, and X-ray reflectivity; understanding of or experience with small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), crystallographic texture analysis, and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy; and ability to work both supervised and unsupervised, clearly instruct and transfer knowledge and produce scientific outcomes, develop scientific collaborations with external groups, and troubleshoot problems on complex systems in real-time. Seek a customer-focused team player with strong communication skills, including complete mastery of written and spoken English for technical discussions and user training, who is able interact with a diverse group of users with a wide-range of experience levels. PREFERRED: Ph.D., experience in a user- or service-based environment, experience with scientific programming and developing hardware systems. Job #196745/28/21