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Montana State University Deputy Lab Manager in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22008

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Recep Avci at (406) 994-4199 or

Classification Title Research Scientist and/or Research Engineers

Working Title Deputy Lab Manager

Brief Position Overview

The Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory ( ICAL ) at Montana State University plans to fill a full-time technical position with experience in electron and ion microscopy and spectroscopy, diagnostic and repair skills of electronic equipment. The successful candidate will be involved with training of users on the instrumentation, and working with academic and industrial users in experimental design and data acquisition and interpretation.

Position Number 4C0120

Department Physics

Division Office of Research and Economic Development

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary range of $40,000 to $50,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Job responsibilities include operation and maintenance of various microscopes and spectrometers in ICAL , diagnosing and repairing electronic equipment, and assisting with managerial duties in ICAL at Dept. of Physics. Includes training new users, and working with academic and industrial collaborating researchers in support of diverse research initiatives across the STEM disciplines.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor the status of instruments in ICAL with responsibility for maintenance and repair as needed.

  • Operate an integrated Auger nanoprobe and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer for internal and external users and prepare and send analysis reports to external users.

  • Operate a field-emission scanning electron microscope ( FEM ), including cryo- FEM , for internal and external users, and prepare and send analysis reports to external users.

  • Operate an atomic force microscope ( AFM ) and prepare and send analysis reports to external users.

  • Operate an X-ray powder diffraction ( XRD ) instrument and prepare and send analysis reports to external users.

  • Operate an IONTOF mass spectrometry system and prepare and send analysis reports to internal and external users.

  • Teach short courses to the users of ICAL on how to use these instruments including teaching some fundamentals.

  • Engage in ICAL outreach activities on behalf of the MONT project, including scheduling outreach activities and coordinating activities with ICAL staff and visiting participants.

  • Monitoring instrument use scheduling to prioritize use and to avoid scheduling conflicts among ICAL’s many and diverse users.

  • Assist, when necessary, with ICAL -related management issues such as purchasing, ordering supplies, updating and maintaining computer systems, managing user accounts and user scheduling, and general laboratory operation and maintenance (e.g., disposal of biological and hazardous materials).

  • Assist with communications with lab users (i.e., students, faculty, external corporate users) and teaching short courses for new users.

  • Assist, when necessary, with preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual ICAL user statistics for MONT and ICAL reports.

  • Support safety protocols in ICAL , including biosafety, chemical hazard, and ionizing radiation standards.

  • Learn to operate some of the other ICAL instruments such as the epifluorescence optical microscope, critical point drying, contact angle measurement, and zeta potential instruments to assist ICAL users if/when needed.

  • Share the responsibility with other ICAL personnel of interacting with users, providing the first contact with potential users, and identifying and directing them to staff and related resources that can support their analytical needs.

  • Ensure the lab is kept well organized and clean.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • A Bachelor of Science or higher degree in science or engineering disciplines or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in electron and/or ion microscopy and spectroscopy and related fields.

  • Skills in tracking and diagnosing instrument problems and undertaking or arranging for their repair.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated experience in diagnostic and repair skills regarding electronic and/or mechanical malfunctions; operating scientific equipment with emphasis on high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy; skills for learning and updating existing scientific and engineering skills; and interpersonal skills for dealing with students and other users in multidisciplinary science and engineering fields regarding their needs related to scientific and financial issues.

  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills such as writing scientific reports and dealing with internal and external users and with private sector individuals.

  • Experience in handling computer–machine interfaces and hardware and software issues.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Respect diversity and make sure that ICAL is a welcoming facility that supports success in research and education for ALL users.

  • Possess the dedication and commitment to consistently deliver high-quality data to the users of ICAL .

  • Possess the ability to teach Short Courses to the new users of ICAL .

  • Be highly motivated to learn new skills within a given discipline or to learn new skills outside current skills.

  • Possess abilities for timely and effective communications, oral or written, with the users of ICAL and to resolve any outstanding issues in a timely manner.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    Continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding.

Resume must include contact information of references and recent employers. Three letters of reference will be requested from references.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 18, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .