Postdoctoral Scholar - Electron Microscopist in Applied Superconductivity Center

Application Deadline: March 23, 2021.


The Applied Superconductivity Center at Florida State University (FSU) and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) 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. It also requires the strong skill set to prepare TEM specimens using conventional mechanical polishing/ion milling. It is expected that the successful applicant will be able to apply these techniques as soon as they take up the position. The successful microscopist is expected to be highly interactive and eager to engage with problems being generated by ASC’s forefront fabrication and electromagnetic characterization activities, and will be depended upon to generate micro-/nanostructural information.


  • 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


  • Experience operating Cs-corrected STEMs
  • Experience in EELS or EDS in STEM


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 (National MagLab), 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 directions with many funded grants and PIs, which offers students and postdocs the opportunity to work in a very interdisciplinary and interactive environment, where results are broadly discussed in weekly meetings having many participants.

Major microscope-related instruments at FSU and National MagLab:

  • 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

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at and reference Job ID #48532. If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even if attaching a resume.

Additionally, on your CV, please list names and contact information of 2 possible references. The cover letter should address the qualifications as outlined above. Also list one notable published paper or pre-print (co-)authored by the candidate (.pdf format).

Contact Info

For additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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.

The MagLab is operated for the National Science Foundation by a collaboration of institutions comprising Florida State University, the University of Florida, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Florida State University (FSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. See FSU's Equal Opportunity Statement.

Last modified on 22 February 2021