Research and Development Engineer

North Carolina, United States
23 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Occupational Summary

Oversee the daily operation and maintenance regarding the Cryo-TEM and associated sample preparation equipment in the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) of Duke University. Ensure exceptional service to the research community in a timely and efficient manner. Provide training, guidance and consultation to users of the Cryo-TEM and associated sample preparation equipment. Work Performed Administer and operate the Cryo-TEM and associated sample preparation equipment of SMIF on a day-to-day basis, including equipment operation and maintenance, user training, and oversee student or staff time resources. Establish and implement maintenance procedures and schedules. Conduct microscope alignments and performance checks to ensure Cryo-TEM is operating at peak performance. Interface and coordinate with research teams to work together to meet research goals. Develop processes and techniques as required to meet research goals. Provide instruction, assistance, and consultation to faculty, students, staff members, and outside researchers regarding all equipment and processes related to the Cryo TEM and associated sample prep equipment. Perform or oversee Cryo TEM sample preparation services using a Vitrobot or other cryo preparation equipment. Perform or oversee sample imaging and data collection on a FEI Krios Cryo TEM for faculty, students, staff members, and outside researchers. Perform triage on equipment failures; fix equipment when appropriate; coordinate service with the SMIF Characterization Team Leader and vendors when needed. Provide resolution of technical problems related to the Cryo TEM and associated sample prep equipment. Lead in the creation and maintenance of operating procedures and other documentation in collaboration with the SMIF Characterization Team Leader. Coordinate and maintain lab supplies inventory required for operations of the Cryo-TEM and associated sample preparation laboratories. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Job Responsibility Areas

  • Equipment Set-Up and Operation (33%)
  • Equipment Maintenance and Performance Verification (33%)
  • User Scheduling, Training and Assistance (33%)

Required Qualifications at this Level


Requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred) in a Biological or Medical related science or engineering discipline. Work requires a knowledge of Cryo Transmission Electron Microscopy and associated sample preparation techniques.


Work requires four years of related Cryo-TEM or biological TEM experience. A relevant advanced degree can be counted toward the experience requirement.


Must be skilled in operating and maintaining a transmission electron microscope (TEM) and preparing biological samples and/or Cryo TEM samples for TEM imaging. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Must have the ability to work with and train students, faculty, and co-workers. Must have knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets, and be able to type correspondence and to log in data. Must be able to organize data and be willing to work with the SMIF Director in managing and maintaining the laboratory. The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Location Durham


Job Family Level 14

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires a thorough knowledge of the principles of engineering and related natural sciences acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree program in an Engineering science or a related natural science such as Physics or Chemistry. Due to professional exemption, equivalent experience cannot be substituted for bachelor's degree.


Work requires four years related experience such as an Engineer sufficient to acquire competency in the application of knowledge in the related Engineering field. A master's degree in an Engineering science or a related natural science may offset two years of experience.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.