Job ID: 170609

Postdoctoral Associate-Electron Microscopist in Applied Superconductivity Center

Florida State University

  • Oct. 28, 2021
  • Postdoctoral Associate-Electron Microscopist in Applied Superconductivity Center
  • National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • Florida State University
    Tallahassee, FL
  • Open until filled
  • TBD
  • Post-Doc
  • Chemistry - General
    Sciences - General
    Physics - General
    Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences

The Applied Superconductivity Center at Florida State University (FSU) and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) invite applications for a post-doctoral research associate position to perform nanostructural characterization using a variety of electron microscopy techniques. The position will focus on improving our understanding of the micro-, meso-, nano- and atomic-scale structural origins of the superconducting properties of high temperature superconductors (principally REBa2Cu3O7-δ, Bi-2212 and (K,Ba)Fe2As2) with the aid of our advanced electron microscopes. Available equipment includes an aberration-corrected atomic resolution (scanning) transmission electron microscope (S/TEM), a focused ion beam (FIB) equipped FESEM and supporting sample preparation tools. The successful candidate would be a microscopist who focuses on materials science and problem solving. This position requires expertise in a TEM/STEM operation and FIB nano-fabrication so that the applicant can quickly begin actively participating in research. The successful applicant will become a member of a highly interactive and collaborative group that has along tradition of helping post-docs build a successful career in scientific research. The post doc will also be part of the strong post doc program at the MagLab.

Qualifications We Require

  • Ph.D. in materials science, physics, engineering, chemistry, or related field completed within the past 3 years
  • Extensive prior experience in TEM/STEM operation and making TEM samples
  • Extensive prior experience preparing TEM specimens using FIB
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills as evinced by publications, presentations, cover letter, and references

Qualifications We Prefer

  • Experience operating Cs-corrected STEMs
  • Experience in EELS or EDS in STEM
    Note to Applicants
    The position is full-time and includes health benefits.
    Interested candidates can contact Fumitake Kametani (

Application package we request:

  • CV (Please list names and contact information of 2 possible references)
  • Cover letter addressing the qualifications outlined above.
  • One notable published paper or pre-print (co-)authored by the candidate (.pdf format)

Application package can be sent to:

Fumitake Kametani
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University,
and Applied Superconductivity Center, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
2031 E. Paul Dirac Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32310
Tel: (850) 645-7491

Where You Will Work
The candidate will be working as a full member of the Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC) located in Tallahassee FL. As a part of National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), we are a 50-person center dedicated to understanding and advancing superconducting materials for superconducting magnet and RF applications. At present there are 14 graduate students, 4 postdocs and 10 scientific and support staff. In non-COVID times many undergraduates also participate in research. ASC has multiple research programs and collaborators from all over the world. We offer students and postdocs the opportunity to work in a very interdisciplinary and interactive environment that has a track record of impactful scientific discoveries.

Major microscope-related instruments at FSU and NHMFL:

  • JEOL ARM200cF Cs-corrected S/TEM with Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) and Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • FEI Helios G4 UC field emission scanning electron microscope and FIB equipped with Gas Injection System (GIS), in-situ lift-out tool and Leica cold stage, EBSD and EDS
  • Gatan PIPS ion mill
  • Micro Support Axis Pro SS ex-situ lift-out tool
  • JEOL IB-19500 CP ion cross section polisher

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Contact Information

  • Fumitake Kametani
    National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
    Florida State University
    2031 E. Paul Dirac Drive
    Tallahassee, FL 32310
  • 850-645-7491

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