Technical expert / engineer in Electron Microscopy

100%, Zurich, permanent

The Scientific Center for Optical and Electron Microscopy (ScopeM) is a central scientific technology platform of ETH Zurich providing resources and services in light and electron microscopy (and related areas). As of May 1st, 2020, or upon agreement, we have an opening for a position as Technical expert / engineer in Electron Microscopy.

Project background

ScopeM maintains state-of-the art microscopy equipment and supports a variety of interdisciplinary research and training programs in light and electron microscopy. ScopeM operates numerous transmission, scanning electron microscopes (TEM & SEM) and Focused Ion Beam SEM (FIB-SEM), including in particular several instruments dedicated to cryo-electron microscopy.

Job description

Your main responsibilities include  the maintenance and operation of standard and high-end TEMs, in particular cryo-TEMs (Titan Krios, Tecnai F20), as well as the related infrastructure (building and instrument specific IT / SW) and sample preparation tools (Vitrobot, cryo-holders, glow discharge, cryo-fixation, shadowing and sputtering…). You are furthermore in charge of the coordination/execution of repairs in collaboration with the instrument suppliers. You will also train and support users in cryo-TEM, including imaging/data collection strategies and sample preparation. Finally, you will independently execute service projects and ensure the further development of a state-of-the art electron microscopy activity at ScopeM - ETH Zurich.

Your profile

You bring along experience in the operation, maintenance of TEM, ideally including cryo-TEM. Previous experience with related techniques (for example cryo-SEM or cryo-FIB-SEM) is of advantage. You are used to work independently, can autonomously diagnose problems and execute small repairs. You enjoy providing support/training to users in electron microscopy, including sample preparation.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application including cover letter and full CV. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about Scientific Center for Optical and Electron Microscopy (ScopeM) can be found on our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Nicolas Blanc, Tel. +41 (0) 44 633 75 26, or e-mail (no applications).

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