Employment Opportunities

PARADIM Research Associate


Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Science, Solid-State Chemistry or related fields with 4 or more years of relevant experience (exceptional MS candidates may also be considered) and will be responsible for the design, fabrication, and usage of a one-of-a-kind MBE system for synthesizing a wide range of interface material systems with in situ characterization by ARPES, LEED, XPS, and resistivity vs. temperature. Expertise in MBE, MOCVD, ARPES, or UHV-design is required. A key long-term responsibility of this position will be to mentor users of this system to create radically new materials with unprecedented properties. Additional responsibilities will include qualifying users on this ARPES+MBE+MOMBE system (including safety training), storing and curating data from the ARPES+MBE+MOMBE system including the growth conditions of all samples, teaching at PARADIM’s summer school on thin film growth and in situ characterization, and interacting with users to help them refine their concepts prior to PARADIM proposal submission. PARADIM research associates are expected to be research active, i.e., the research associate should publish research papers related to the in-house research theme of PARADIM (interface quantum materials for next-generation electronics/sensors). To facilitate this, in addition to the possibility of collaborating with interested PARADIM users on their research, research associates may write proposals to use PARADIM facilities and spend up to 20% of their time doing research in PARADIM facilities related to interface quantum materials for next-generation electronics/sensors on which the research associate is the Principal Investigator.


Research Associate is a non-tenure track academic research appointment. This is a one-year term position that may be extended if the funding for PARADIM is renewed by its sponsor (NSF). Continued employment will be contingent on performance, program needs, and the availability of funding. Applications including a resume and the names of several references should be submitted online at: Applications will be reviewed starting October 25, 2019 and will be accepted until this position is filled.

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PARADIM Technician 

We are seeking a talented, thorough and efficient individual to support research involving the deposition and analysis of thin films in ultra-high vacuum working under the general direction of research scientists, supporting not only the staff of the PARADIM Thin Film facility, but users as well. Typical duties include

  • Routine processing of wafers of a variety of oxide single crystals, include acid etching, furnace annealing and quality checks
  • Keeping detailed, accurate records, procedures and results of processing activities and data both in notebook and computerized formats
  • Maintaining the equipment in the user facility, including changing water filters and compressed gas cylinders, maintaining pumps, reconfiguring compressed gas and water lines, etc. to allow for safe, efficient work
  • Monitor inventory and order supplies as needed
  • Assist staff scientists with experimentation of procedures as needed


Required Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree in science, engineering or related field and 2-5 years of wet-lab experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience (i.e. Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or related field)
  • Excellent hands-on skills with equipment
  • Detail oriented and willing to maintain high quality standards
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety protocols and guidelines
  • Ability to keep the equipment, materials and lab organized
  • Ability to understand and implement processes from written protocols
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide variety of students, faculty and staff
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience in a cleanroom environment
  • Experience with wet chemistry, particularly acid etching
  • Experience with advanced equipment, atomic force microscopy, electron-beam evaporation, vacuum pumps
  • Familiarity with Cornell Systems, KFS/e-Shop.

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