Description of the position
The successful candidate will be expected to coordinate the day-to-day activities of and maintain the Archaeological Materials Science laboratory of STARC, with special emphasis on operating the optical and scanning electron microscopes, pXRF, FTIR and the associated sample preparation facilities. The role includes training and supervision of all users (MSc and doctoral students; postdocs; faculty; and visitors), and routine sample preparation (cutting, drilling, polishing of metallographic and ceramic sections) and analytical work, including the production of meaningful technical reports as instructed by the Director of STARC.
Initially, the role will require substantially contributing to the design of the sample preparation facilities and the SEM-EDS laboratory, and the setting-up of the new SEM-EDS and other equipment. In the long term, the successful candidate is expected to maintain a clean and functioning laboratory with a supportive attitude and the willingness to expand the facilities as the laboratory grows. Full awareness of relevant Health and Safety regulations, including X-ray protection issues, and the ability to develop and implement Standard Operating Procedures for all instruments are essential. Experience in Archaeological Materials Science (sample preparation for OM and SEM, and SEM-EDS and XRF analysis) is essential; experience in setting up analytical facilities in a Higher Education or Research environment is a strong advantage.
The initial appointment for the position is for one year with the possibility for renewal based on the availability of funds and level of performance for a long term appointment. The salary and rank will depend on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.