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Instrumentation Specialist

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants should request three (3) letters of recommendation be submitted to Daniel Ludwigsen, Associate Department Head & Associate Professor of Physics at

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Instrumentation Specialist
Position Class Type Regular
Position Type Staff
Other Position Information

Full-time Instrumentation Specialist: The successful applicant will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of several advanced instruments, including a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM), and an X-ray Diffractometer (XRD). Although the equipment is housed in the Physics Department, it is used by multidisciplinary teams, often in non-routine measurements. The Physics Department offers ABET accredited B.S. degrees in Applied Physics and in Engineering Physics, as well as five minors: Physics, Optics, Acoustics, Materials Science, and Medical Physics. Kettering University is built on experiential education with an emphasis on work integrated and active learning, implemented by alternating academic and co-op or experiential education terms.

About Kettering: Kettering University is a national leader in experiential STEM and business education, integrating an intense academic curriculum with applied professional experience. We inspire students to realize their potential and advance their ideas by combining theory and practice better than any institution in the world. Kettering University is dedicated to achieving the extraordinary through technological innovation, leadership, and service, built on values that foster respect, integrity, creativity, collaboration, and excellence in growth, global leadership, community outreach, and an engaged community of stakeholders.

BENEFITS include health, dental and vision coverage; retirement benefits with up to a 9% Kettering matching contribution; life and accident insurance; tuition assistance and waiver programs; vacation and holiday pay; sick and disability pay; home purchase assistance program; recreation center membership; and many other benefits.

Position Status Full-time
If Part Time, hours per week

Posting Text

Preferred Qualifications

· MS degree in Physics, Chemistry, or a related field
· Certificate or similar credentials in microscopy and/or advanced instrumentation
· 3+ years experience in instrumentation facilities including TEM or SEM
· Laboratory management experience
· Experience documenting compliance with government regulations
· Experience training others in the theory and operation of advanced instrumentation like TEM or ESEM

Job Specific Required Qualifications

· BS degree in Physics, Chemistry, or a related field
· 1 year experience using instrumentation such as TEM or SEM
· Demonstrated skill in project management and documentation

Skills and Values
· Demonstrated aptitude using Windows, Excel, and Word software for business purposes
· Demonstrated aptitude using scientific software
· Demonstrated skill in functioning on multidisciplinary teams
· Demonstrated high degree of organizational skill and attention to detail
· Excellent interpersonal communications skills that convey a high level of professionalism, ethics, and respect

Understanding of and commitment to Kettering University values
· RESPECT: for teamwork, honesty, encouragement, diversity partnerships with students
· INTEGRITY: including accountability, transparency and ethics
· CREATIVITY: fostering flexibility and innovation
· COLLABORATION: across disciplines and with all partners
· EXCELLENCE: in all we do

Posting Information

Posting Number SP00105
Posting Date 06/30/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should request three (3) letters of recommendation be submitted to Daniel Ludwigsen, Associate Department Head & Associate Professor of Physics at

Job Duties

Job Duties

Percent of total time 75

Operate and maintain advanced instrumentation including TEM, ESEM, and XRD (and possibly others).

Percent of total time 10

Data analysis and scientific communication and careful documentation.

Percent of total time 15

Team coordination and project management.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you authorized to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status by Kettering University (e.g., H-1B visa status)?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe any additional training that may be relevant to this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please provide the specific name of the publication or website where you learned about this posting.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * In what field did you earn your highest degree?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document
  2. List of References