Electron Probe Microanalyst

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About the role

The Imaging and Analysis Centre (IAC) houses state of the art analytical chemistry facilities, including two Electron Microprobes (EPMA), Analytical SEM, Automated Mineralogy SEM, LA-ICP-MS, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, VP SEM, two field emission analytical SEM, two Micro-CT systems, IR spectroscopy, and XRD instruments.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who will be able to operate, maintain and develop our two electron microprobe systems, a Jeol 8530F Hyperprobe and a Cameca SX100. The Jeol Hyperprobe is the primary microprobe and the older Cameca SX100 is kept operational while this is possible.

The NHM has a long history of excellence in mineralogical analysis and the EPMAs provide the backbone of this research. We use the EPMAs to undertake diverse work across the fields of natural history and mineralogy including the classification of meteorites and new minerals, ore deposits research, volcanology, sea floor deposits and a wide range of other applications.

About you


  • PhD in Earth Sciences/Geological Sciences and experience running, maintaining and calibrating an Electron Microprobe, or MSc in similar discipline and demonstrable experience of working with an Electron Microprobe for a minimum for three years full time
  • Excellent demonstrable knowledge of minerals, geochemistry and petrology
  • Proven record of collaborating on mineralogical research using EPMA
  • Experience of methodical data collection, processing, archiving and database management
  • Experience in troubleshooting and first-line maintenance of electron-beam systems
  • A good understanding of the health and safety responsibilities of working in a laboratory environment
  • Ability to plan and organise own time to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively and willingness to work within a team as well as under own initiative


  • Familiarity and experience with JEOL Electron Microprobes particularly the JXA-8530F-Plus Hyperprobe
  • Familiarity and experience with Cameca Electron Microprobes, particularly the SX100
  • Familiarity and experience with the "Probe for EPMA" software created by John Donovan

How to apply

If that sounds like you, please apply online on the Natural History Museum's careers portal, at https://careers.nhm.ac.uk/

Closing date: 9am, 05 February 2024
Interviews expected w/c 19 February 2024
Salary: £33,396- £40,282 per annum

Please note that this role qualifies for Museum sponsorship. Whilst we would still expect the successful postholder to have valid right to work in the UK at the point of starting the role, the Museum can support in obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for this role to apply for future or continued right to work in the UK. Please contact our Recruitment Team at hrrecruitment@nhm.ac.uk if you have any further queries regarding this.

posted: 23 January 2024     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.