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November 10 2021

Postdoc in atom probe and NanoSIMS analyses of recrystallized minerals
Indiana University
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Indiana University, USA. The project aims to unravel recrystallization mechanisms at the nanometer to atomic-scale using high-resolution analytical techniques. The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. in earth sciences, materials sciences, or a closely related field. Experience in the chemical and isotopic analyses of minerals is required. Demonstrated hands-on experience using (S)TEM, NanoSIMS, and/or APT, including FIB-SEM, is highly desirable.

Salary is competitive and includes fringe benefits. The initial appointment is for one year, and is potentially renewable for another two years based on performance and funding availability. The candidate will be based at Indiana University on the Bloomington campus, but will work closely with Dr. Sandra Taylor of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA) and use instruments at PNNL.

More information about ongoing research in Zhu’s group may be found here.
More information about Sandra Taylor's work can be found here.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
• Characterize and quantify the chemical and isotopic compositions of solid phases using various analytical techniques including ICP-MS, STEM, APT, and NanoSIMS
• Prepare mineral specimens using FIB-SEM
• Analyze and interpret experimental results from the above-mentioned techniques
• Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner

Application details:
Applications, consisting of a single PDF file combining the four documents listed below, should be emailed directly to Dr. Zhu, with the subject line: Postdoc Position. The start date is negotiable. The tentative application deadline is November 20, 2021, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Online applications can be submitted here.

Required documents:
1) A 1-page cover letter expressing interest in and qualifications for this position
2) A CV with a list of all publications and research grants
3) A 1-page research statement summarizing previous research experience
4) The names and contact information of at least two referees with knowledge of your research and academic experience

Required Qualifications:
• A completed Ph.D. in earth science, materials science, or a closely related field by start date and within the last five years
• Experience in sample handling and preparation
• Technical knowledge of analytical and microscopic techniques for chemical and isotopic analyses
• Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications
• Hands-on experience with FIB-SEM, APT, NanoSIMS and/or STEM
• Research experience in stable isotope geochemistry

About Indiana University and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Indiana University is an R1 university (Research Universities with the Highest research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) and is in its bicentennial celebration in 2020. The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (formerly the Department of Geological Sciences) was founded 125 years ago and has a long tradition of excellence in geochemistry. The City of Bloomington is a delightful, safe, and affordable college town ranked among the top livable cities in the USA. The university
also has a famed school of music, which hosts year-round concerts, ballet, opera, and other cultural activities. Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

October 15 2021

Postdoctoral Position in Atom Probe Analyses of Grain Boundaries

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences ( at Brown University. The successful candidate will work with Profs Reid Cooper and Stephen Parman on a funded NSF project aimed at understanding the physics and chemistry of grain boundaries in the mantle. Primarily this will be achieved through nanoscale analyses of synthetic and naturally deformed samples using TEM and atom probe tomography. Depending on the interest of the successful applicant, there is opportunity to become involved in experimental and theoretical approaches to understanding the role of grain boundaries within the Earth, as well as other nanoscale analytical projects. The position is for two years, with the second year depending on satisfactory progress in the first year.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in geoscience, but exceptional materials science candidates will also be considered. Demonstrated substantial hands-on experience with either TEM or atom probe tomography is required, including FIB preparation of samples. Experience with rock mechanics is desirable.

Applications should include a cover letter, short statement of research interests, CV, publication list and contact information for 3 references. Application materials should be sent as a single PDF to The target submission deadline is December 1, 2021. Applications received before this date will be given full consideration. The target start date is early 2022, but is negotiable. Women, members of historically underrepresented groups, and individuals with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. For further information please contact either Reid Cooper or Stephen Parman.

Professor Reid Cooper
Dept. Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
324 Brook St.
Providence, RI 02912

June 24 2021

Leibniz-Institut for Materials Engineering, Bremen, Germany

Post-doctoral researcher (m/f/d) as instrument responsible for Atom Probe Tomography (APT)

Become part of our team as a as instrument responsible for APT in full time, fixed term contract for a duration of up to 6 years.

We need your expertise for:

1. Taking the responsibility for a newly installed, APT equipment LEAP 5000 XR
2. Operating the APT, preparing the microtips by FIB or electropolishing and taking care of maintenance of the APT in full autonomy
3. Collaborating with the different departments of IWT and with other institutes of the University of Bremen and taking an active part to research projects regarding the application, evaluation and interpretation of APT in the field of structural and functional materials, in particular high-strength metallic alloys
4. Presentation of scientific results at international conferences and in publications
5. Initiation and acquisition of third-party-funded projects based on APT technology and development of the research activities using APT within the institute and its research environment

What we expect from you:

1. Dr. or PhD degree in metal physics, solid state physics, materials science, metallurgy, or similar
2. Several years of hands-on expertise in APT, including autonomous execution, analysis and interpretation of APT-research, ideally for different material systems as well as excellent publication records
3. Experience in associated focused-ion-beam (FIB) and electropolishing preparation techniques, as well as correlative microstructural and chemical analysis by SEM, EBSD, EPMA, TEM, etc.
4. Additional expertise in the fields of metallic structural materials and hydrogen related topics
5. First experience and interest in the initiation and acquisition of third-party-funding research projects
6. C1 level in English or German is required, with at least basic knowledge (A2) of both languages

What you can expect from us:

1. Remuneration based the federal collective bargaining agreement (TV-L), pay category E14 (from EUR 4,752 per month in full time), annual bonus
2. Possibility of personal development within the framework of a habilitation in cooperation with the University of Bremen
3. Family-friendly, flexible working time models, e.g. part-time, flexitime, mobile work
4. Support for sporting activities
5. Interdisciplinary and international environment.

Click here for the full vacancy description or to apply.

June 17 2021



You will be part of the division for Quantum Solid-State Physics (QSP) at the department of Physics and Astronomy of the KU Leuven ( KU Leuven, established in 1425, ranks number 45 on the Times Higher Education list. Moreover, according to the Reuters ranking, it is the seventh most innovative university worldwide (number one in Europe, after six American universities).

You will join several other postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and staff carrying out experimental research on condensed matter physics. You will work in the state-of-the-art Flemish Atom Probe Microscopy facility (, located in the Leuven NanoCentre ( Besides having access to a wide range of in-house experimental facilities for sample fabrication and characterization, the project is situated within a collaboration with the Conformal Coating of Nanomaterials (COCOON) research group from UGhent (

For full position description and to apply, click here.

April 9 2021


Nuclear Materials Atom Probe Scientist
Department of Materials, Parks Road, Oxford
Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a.

We are seeking a Nuclear Materials Atom Probe (NuMAP) Scientist to support users of the NuMAP Facility under the supervision of Professor Michael Moody and Senior Atom Probe Scientist Dr Paul Bagot, based within the newly established Facility in the Department of Materials.

The primary role is to support and provide training for new users of the NuMAP Facility, including undertaking FIB-based specimen preparation, running APT experiments, image reconstruction and analysis of the data. As such, the role will enable a broad range of materials research investigations, with a strong emphasis on materials with applications for the generation of nuclear energy and waste storage. The NuMAP scientist will also play an important role in the management of the facility, including day-to-day maintenance of atom probe instrumentation and reporting of facility status and activities to funding organisations. The NuMAP Scientist will actively contribute to promotion of the capabilities of the facility, and the research it enables, to build the user-base and ensure sustainability. This includes presentations at UK and international conferences, workshops and at targeted academic and industrial institutions.

Applicants should hold a PhD/DPhil, or be near completion, in a relevant subject. They should have proven hands-on expertise in Atom Probe Tomography (APT) and associated focused-ion-beam (FIB) techniques, with an interest in structural materials with nuclear applications.

This full-time, fixed-term post is available for 3 years with the possibility of extension.

For full details please see the job description.

All applications must be made online using the Oxford University E-Recruitment system, no later than 12 noon on 28 April 2021. You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application.Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

Interviews are scheduled to take place shortly after the closing date and you must be available during this time.

Contact Person : HR Manager
Vacancy ID : 150200
Closing Date & Time : 28-Apr-2021 12:00
Contact Email 

April 9 2021

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany 

Type of Offer:
April 9 2021
Research assistant (f/m/d), postdoc, TV-L 13, 100%, 1.5 years, APT Specialist

Job description:
The chair “Materials Discovery and Interfaces” at the Institute for Materials is developing new multifunctional materials by using combinatorial deposition processes (material libraries) and high throughput characterization methods. In order to strengthen the international and efficient team at the department, the position of a postdoc (f/m/d) is to be occupied as soon as possible. We are looking for an APT specialist (atom probe tomography) who is interested in working on the project “An atomic-scale approach to discover high entropy alloys from highly poly elemental precursors using nano-reactor-metallurgy on top of tips for atom probe tomography” (supported by VW-Stiftung).  Click here to review the RUB press release.

This project will establish an unconventional approach to efficiently identify new HEAs (high entropy alloys), starting from highly poly elemental precursor thin film nanoreactors deposited on nanoscale silicon tip arrays suitable for direct use in atom probe tomography. These nanoreactors are formed
by co-sputtering from five sources simultaneous, forcing the atoms to mix and create a multinary coating on the APT tip arrays. After coating and sequential heat treatments of each coated array, the formation of possible new HEAs will be directly investigated at the atomic scale using atom probe tomography.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist (f/m/d) with deep expertise in both atom probe tomography and materials science, who dares to approach this new, exciting and promising topic in an interdisciplinary environment and who has the ambition, with the available extraordinary experimental possibilities, to efficiently generate new scientific knowledge and publish the results.

Your Profile:
- Completed doctorate with very good degree in the field of Materials Science, Chemistry, Computer Science or related field
- Practical experience in atom probe tomography
- Proven excellent publication record and interest in further publications

It is expected from the future postdoc to work independently with a high motivation, to work with target-oriented teams, to document the results achieved in the form of reports and scientific publication, having very good scientific, technical and communication skills, English language fluent both spoken and written.

Please send your complete and informative application documents (informative cover letter, 1-page motivational letter, CV with certificates, 3 publications) as one pdf document by e-mail to: Dr. S. Thienhaus.
Application deadline: 23.04.2021

April 7 2021


Post-Doctoral Appointment for Atom Probe Tomography

Professor Gregory B. Thompson seeks a motivated candidate to fill a post-doctoral position for atom probe tomography (APT). This position entails detailed studies in the early stages of clustering and ultimate precipitation in advanced aluminum alloys. The program will allow the candidate to interface with industry and apply fundamental science investigations towards technologically relevant needs, with ample opportunity for publications. The candidate should hold a doctoral degree in materials science & engineering, metallurgy, physics, or a related science and/or engineering degree. The candidate should have a demonstrated track-record in using APT, with a hiring preference towards candidates that also have complementary transmission electron microscopy (TEM) skills and a sound understanding of physical metallurgy. The candidate will be expected to prepare all specimens (electropolishing/FIB) and be fully capable to operate the atom probe and TEM with associated detailed analysis. The position will ideally start 01 June 2021 or until filled. Highly qualified candidates, such as those completing their doctoral research in the near future and would require a slightly later date should also apply. The position will be for one year with renewal of the appointment dependent on the successful advancement of the program and available funding.

Professor Thompson’s research interest and group is diverse but linked through quantitative connections between structure-processing-mechanical properties providing an enriching intellectual and stimulating environment for a post-doctoral experience. UA is the only university in the southeast that has the latest generation Local Electron Atom Probe (LEAP) offering a distinct research opportunity. For further details, candidates are directed to and

The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama USA along the banks of the Black Warrior River in West Central Alabama and is approximately 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Birmingham, Alabama. The Tuscaloosa metropolitan area, with more than 150,000 people, was named as one of “The Most Livable City in America” by the US Conference of Mayors and is one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” by America’s Promise Alliance. The city offers a range of shopping, restaurants and state parks in the vicinity. The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater offers concerts and events throughout the year and is located right off the Riverwalk and a vibrant downtown entertainment district. Finally, Tuscaloosa is the home to Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, which allows Tuscaloosa to have the only Mercedes-Benz Museum in the world outside of Germany.

Candidates should submit their application here.  Applications should be received by (or before) 15 May 2015. Specific inquiries should be sent to Professor Thompson.

March 4, 2021

The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) invites applications for the ongoing, full-time position of research staff member, specializing in the field of atom probe tomography (APT). This position will be held at McMaster University central campus, located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

We are looking for an individual to join our growing team of dedicated research staff at the CCEM - a national user facility based out of McMaster University, which provides electron and related microscopy support, services, and consultation to a broad range of researchers in both academia and industry. This is an opportunity to conduct experimental research on a wide variety of materials and projects, ranging across many scientific disciplines.

The ideal candidate will have a background in experimental science and have experience with APT. Proficiency with focused ion beam (FIB) and electron microscopy or related characterization techniques will also be beneficial. Being able to solve technical and scientific problems, simultaneously manage numerous projects, and clearly communicate with and educate others will all be valuable assets. The successful candidate will work with graduate students, faculty members, and industrial clients in conducting and directing APT research operations. This will include project consultation, sample preparation, data acquisition, and reconstruction and analysis. The candidate will be required to write technical reports, collaborate on publications, and train others in APT methods and operation. It is also expected that the candidate help manage instrument scheduling, coordinate on maintenance and technical issues, and help implement upgrades to existing APT instrumentation and APT-related capabilities.

Applicants must have completed a PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree) in a science or engineering related discipline and have a proven record of experimental research. CCEM offers an inclusive and diverse work environment. Our guiding principles include education and inspiration, professional development, accessibility to a large scientific community. We uphold an environment of trust, responsibility, and transparency. CCEM offers long-term career opportunities and flexible work arrangements to all our staff. To apply, please contact the CCEM Executive Director with a CV and letter of interest. The position will remain open until a suitable applicant has been found.

Employment Equity Statement:
McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research
and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact: Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247)


Imperial College London

Research Facility Manager at CRYO-EPS (Engineering and Physical Sciences)

CRYO-EPS is a newly established facility that focuses on cryo-enabled correlative microscopy approaches, blending electron microscopy and atom probe tomography to reveal structure and composition of materials of engineering interest up to the near-atomic-scale.

Additional information, or to apply, click here.

imec - KUL

PhD positions in APT at imec (Belgium), the world-leading R&D hub for nano- and digital electronics

Position Description: The ever-ongoing downscaling of semiconductor technology has led to a paradigm shift from planar to 3D devices. The performance of these devices is now tailored by the structure and chemical composition at the atomic level, i.e. just a few misplaced dopant atoms can make the difference. Device fabrication has therefore never been so dependent on accurate characterization and this will only become more important as tomorrow's materials and devices become increasingly complex with the new materials and ingenious fabrication processes that continue to unfold.

Thus, having a 3D metrology solution with close to atomic precision is not only a dream - it’s required! Driven by this quest, atom probe tomography (APT) has emerged as the promised solution. All the world’s major semiconductor manufacturers are looking at, and competing, to implement APT to fulfill their need for a 3D metrology.

Here at imec we are working with our semiconductor partners to make this happen. Our goal at imec is to remain at the forefront of metrology research and development. In this framework, we have several PhD positions available, which allow the candidates to work with imec’s state of the art equipment in conjunction with our semiconductor partners, not only for the development of a 3D metrology revolution (APT), but applying it to the materials and structures of tomorrows semiconductor applications.

You can find more information on our PhD topics, criteria, and application procedure in the links below:

Achieving high-resolution, quantitative tomography of 3-dimensional nano-scale devices (TEM/APT).

Measure the 3-dimensional dopant distribution with near-atomic resolution to explain and predict electrical properties of future nano-scale devices.

We additionally have a position in the framework of a collaboration with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), by which imec, the university of Leuven and CSC jointly offer PhD scholarships to outstanding Chinese students.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeroen Scheerder

Application Expiration Date: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM

Atom Probe Scientist at Nanolab Technologies, Inc., Milpitas, CA


Nanolab Technologies’ highly skilled and experienced team of scientists, engineers, and analysts provides industry leading techniques to help you solve your problems. Our clients include leading edge tech companies in a diverse range of industries and business sectors who design, manufacture or incorporate electronics for tomorrow’s technology driven world. With a state-of-the-art, purpose designed laboratory equipped with leading edge microscopy and analytical tools, that provide ultra-high spatial resolution, Nanolab Technologies offers the finest knowledge based analytical solutions available today.

Nanolab is looking for a scientist who will be responsible for the promotion and growth of the Atom Probe business, working closely with manufacturer to develop advanced 3D characterization technique and providing advanced training to team members, new users on equipment operation and technical analysis.

Daily responsibilities include interacting with customers, using the Atom Probe for data collection, sample preparation using Focused Ion Beam, performing 3D reconstruction analysis, writing scientific reports for Nanolab’ customers, maintaining the tool performance.


  • PhD in Materials Science with minimum 3-year hands on experience in Atom Probe Tomography and Dual Beam Focused Ion Beam / Scanning Electron Microscopy, minimum 3-year experience in FIB sample preparation for Atom Probe and APT/TEM characterization of materials
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse customer base and in a team environment
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment
  • Strong problem-solving skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience in coordinating with instrument service team to keep the equipment running at the optimal condition

If you’re interested, please contact us -


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