Research Associate 2-Engineer

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Columbus, OHIO
Job Type: FullTime

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University Title Research Associate 2-Engineer
Working Title Cryo-EM Researcher 2
Department CEMAS
Department Location Columbus
Requisition Number 446329
Summary of Duties
Cryo-EM Researcher 2
Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis
College of Engineering

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Department Information
The Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) is one of the largest concentrations of electron and ion beam analytical microscopy instruments in any North American institution. CEMAS brings together multidisciplinary expertise to drive synergy, amplify characterization capabilities, and challenge what is possible in analytical electron microscopy. Our world-class multidisciplinary approach enables academic and business partners to “see more” than ever before. CEMAS is a full-service research facility – from extensive sample preparation laboratories to image-processing tools and support, and allows researchers to carry out their entire microscopy and analysis program at CEMAS. Located in a custom designed facility on The Ohio State University’s West Campus, every instrument in the facility meets or exceeds manufacturer performance specifications.
In 2018, CEMAS installed a Thermo Fisher Scientific Glacios cryo-TEM with a direct electron detector, and in early 2019 will have a Titan Krios fitted with a Bioquantum K3 imaging filter and detector, phase plates, and a spherical aberration corrector. At CEMAS, we are invested in the convergence of physical and life sciences and are seeking enthusiastic scientists to join our team.
Position Overview
CEMAS is seeking a Cryo-EM Researcher 2 to perform multidisciplinary research in Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). This position will perform basic functions and activities related to cryo-electron microscopes and users. This position will prepare TEM specimens, operate transmission electron microscopes, and screen cryo-TEM specimens. This position will conduct assessments prior to data collections, including but not limited to evaluating preliminary image data quality, loading samples, and tuning microscopes. In addition, the Cryo-EM Researcher 2 will advise users on experimental strategy and assist in moving projects forward. This position will also assist with oversight and maintenance of cryo-transmission electron microscopes and ancillary related equipment. This position will participate and support research in single particle and tomography studies utilizing cryo-transmission electron microscopes and specimens, as well as write or edit/approve progress reports, technical reports and/or journal articles.
Performance Objectives
Success in this role will require enthusiasm for advanced electron microscopy and a desire and aptitude to learn quickly and continue to grow technically, as well as an appreciation for both fundamental and applied research.

Additional Information for Applicants:
Application Instructions

To be considered, apply online at, job opening number: 446329.

To be considered, please submit your application electronically via the Careers at Ohio State jobs website. Application materials must include a curriculum vita.

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Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in engineering or a relevant field of science or an equivalent combination of education and experience; considerable experience in cryo-TEM; ability to translate, adapt and apply academic and/or practical knowledge to research; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to work dynamically in a diverse team environment.

Desired Qualifications

A doctoral degree in a relevant field of science or engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience; experience in an academic research capacity; ability to independently meet research goals, solve problems, and develop scientific ideas; experience in single particle cryo-TEM workflow and cryo electron tomography; hands on experience operating FEI Titan Krios microscope and FEI Glacios microscope (or equivalent).

Target Salary $55,000.00 - $60,000.00 Annually
Job Category Research
Job Appointment (FTE%)


Full/Part Time Full-time
Temporary or Regular Term
Posting Start Date 02/09/2019
Posting End Date 02/24/2019
Dept Contact Name Swartz,Ashley Nicole
Dept Contact Phone 614/643-3110
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