Staff Materials Technician

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University of Dayton Research Institute
Dayton, OH, United States

Phone: 9372292779
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Staff Materials Technician


Dayton, OH 

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Are you interested in working for UDRI, a national leader in scientific and engineering research, serving government, industry and nonprofit customers? UDRI invites qualified candidates to apply for our Staff Materials Technician opening!

This position is responsible for providing laboratory support to the Materialography lab in the Materialography and Analytics Group at UDRI. Candidates are expected to conduct their work according to accepted standards of the trade and once trained, are expected to be able to carry out specific tasks associated with metallographic analysis such as sectioning, mounting, polishing, optical microscopy, analysis, documentation and photo-documentation.

Minimum Qualifications
High school graduation or its equivalent is required.
A minimum of three years of related technical experience is required.
Formal technical training beyond high school can be substituted for two years of related experience.
Candidates for this position must be capable of applying the fundamentals of their trade or skill toward the completion of laboratory activities associated with research problems, with only general supervision.
Ability to exhibit good problem solving skills and have familiarity with Microsoft Office suites.
Ability to assemble equipment and prepare materials required for tasks, conduct experiments or studies, document test results accurately and assist as requested in evaluating results.
US citizen.

Preferred Qualifications

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

An Associate’s degree in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry or a closely related field is preferred.
Experience with performing tasks involved with preparation of materials for metallographic analysis is strongly preferred, including inventory management, sectioning, hardness testing, cold and hot mounting, polishing, and porosity determination.
Experience with digital photography is strongly preferred as well as a basic understanding of image software such as Photoshop, ImageJ/FIJI, and any image analysis software.
Experience with materials characterization including but not limited to optical and electron microscopy, spectroscopy (IR, UV-VIS) and thermal analysis, is a preferred skillset.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and any applicable preferred qualifications that you meet.

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.