Item 4.A-January 10, 2014
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Incumbent(s) Name (if applicable): Mojtaba Ahmadiantehrani
Position #(s): CL 40105
Current Title: Supervisor II Associate Engineer
(JCC: CLASS 06.211)
Department: Chemical and Material Engineering
Current Range: CL GR 38
College/Division: College of Engineering
Account #(s): 1101-117-0201 (Recharge Accounts)
Action Proposed: (check all that apply) CLASSIFIED TO ADMINISTRATIVE FACULTY
( ) New position: Proposed Range:
Proposed Title:
( X ) Title Change, Proposed Title: Director, EM Core Share Facility
( X ) Proposed Reassignment from Range CLASS 06.211 G38 to Range 4
( ) Revised PDQ only (no change in range or title)
JCC (Current
( ) Line of Progression (show titles below)
or new HR
I certify that the statements in this description are accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge.
Employee’s Signature
I/we have reviewed the statements in this form and they accurately reflect the job assignments.
Alan Fuchs, Chair, Chem/Mat Engineering
Immediate Supervisor’s Signature
Manos Marakis, Dean, College of Engineering
Approved for Salary Placement Committee review.
Pres / Vice Pres / Vice Prov Signature Stacy Burton, Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs
Action Approved by the Provost/President (Completed by Faculty HR):
67498 Range:
Pos #(s):
Eff: 1/1/2014
Approved Title: Director, EM Core Share Facility
Employee signs on “final” stamped approved PDQ and sends to HR for personnel file.
Employee Signature:_______________________________________________ __________________
Printed Name: ____________________________________________________
Rev: 10/1/2012
Position Description - Director, EM Core Share Facility
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1. Summary Statement: State the major function(s) of the position and its role in the
university. Attach an organizational chart with positions, ranges, and names for the division
which reflects the position in it as well as those supervised in the department. (This section is
used for advertisement of the position.)
The Director of Electron Microscopy (EM) Core Share Facility supervises the Scanning Electron
Microscope (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) core share facility within the College
of Engineering. The position establishes and implements policies and procedures in the EM facility;
supervises, trains, and schedules users of the facility; and, maintains user accounts. The individual
prepares and maintains the SEM Recharge Center accounts annual budget, prepares Internal
Purchase Orders (IPO) and invoices, keeps track of payments, prepares the annual maintenance
contracts, and prepares and maintains the Microanalysis Sales and Service account. The Director
supervises mechanical testing and material microanalysis, plans and organizes testing to ensure
smooth and efficient work flow, and reviews test methods and selects the best approaches. The
position evaluates engineering calculations and prepares reports for the industrial community. The
Director participates in writing proposals to bring new instruments into the facility and supervises and
maintains all scientific instruments for teaching and research laboratories. The position develops and
teaches Material Science and Engineering (MSE) special problem classes including a course on
introduction to electron microscopy which is offered to students campus-wide. The position reports to
the Chair of Chemical and Materials Engineering.
2. List the major responsibilities, including percentage of time devoted to each. Provide
enough detail to enable a person outside the department to understand the job (percentage
first with heading and then bulleted information).
60% - Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Core Facility Management
 Supervise the SEM and TEM facilities which provide microanalysis service to the department,
the college, State agencies, and outside industry, including calibration, supervision and
training of users, scheduling, maintenance of user accounts and server computer
 Prepare invoices, prepare and maintain SEM Recharge Center account’s budget, sample
preparation, and modification
 Cooperate and collaborate with faculty and students in other departments and colleges to
develop new methods for materials characterization
 Insure proper practices for environmental health, safety and waste management within facility;
ensure laboratory meets EHS requirements; participate in resolution of audit findings
20% - Mechanical Testing and Microanalysis Services Management
 Supervise the mechanical testing services to ensure each sample is tested according to
 Prepare the reports for industrial community
 Plan and organize testing
 Maintain Microanalysis Sales and Service account and prepare invoices
10% - Maintenance and Operation of Specialized Laboratory Instruments Oversight
 Maintain and operate a variety of specialized and sophisticated laboratory instruments;
calibrate these scientific instruments to manufacturer’s specifications
 Order equipment, chemicals, parts, and other supplies needed for laboratory functions
 Check the quality and price comparability of the orders by searching the various vender
catalogs and /or their websites
 Maintain complete inventory of equipment and items purchased
Position Description - Director, EM Core Share Facility
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5% - Design and Development of New Equipment
 Design, develop and supervise fabrication of new equipment/instrumentation
 Develop computer programs for process control equipment
 Develop and prepare test procedures and maintain manuals and documentation for electrical,
mechanical and computerized equipment used in support of research and teaching in the
 Participate in all experimental procedures done in the undergraduate teaching laboratories
 Participate in proposal preparation for new funding
5% - Teaching
 Develop and teach materials engineering courses, i.e., MSE 495 and 695, 1 class per year
3. Describe the level of freedom to take action and make decisions with or without
supervision and how the results of the work performed impact the department, division and/or
the university as a whole.
Level of Freedom:
The Director has oversight of departmental purchasing of major equipment and training and
scheduling of the facility and its users. The position has a high interaction with faculty through
teaching classes and laboratory scheduling. The Director hires and supervises graduate and
undergraduate students and possible technical staff in facility operations and also has a high
interaction with staff, students, visitors, and the industrial community. Many faculty, researchers, and
graduate students from various departments are users of the core facility. The emphasis is to increase
focus on identifying users at the University and in the industrial community and becoming involved in
proposals to upgrade the facility. The Director essentially works independently with minimal
supervision on daily operations. The Director makes contributions and recommendations for longrange facilities operations, budgeting, and strategic planning to the Chair.
The EM facility is crucial to the teaching and research development of not only the Chemical and
Materials Engineering Department, but also to other University staff and higher educational
institutions. Because of the critical nature of the EM facility, the quality and accuracy of the work and
the decisions that are made will have a large impact on departmental productivity. Proper
maintenance and routine calibrations of the instruments in an appropriate manner is essential to their
proper function. The ability to quickly troubleshoot problems ensures that the instruments are
available for research and teaching personnel as needed. Properly functioning instrumentation allows
for productive research resulting in the advancement of science, and increases the prestige of the
department and the University, and helps researchers renew research grants and receive new grants.
High efficiency also enhances the education of both undergraduate and graduate students.
Productive interpersonal relationships with researchers, students, and vendors assure smooth and
stable operation of the facility.
4. Describe the knowledge, skills (to include cognitive requirement and verbal and written
communication), and abilities (to include task complexity, problem solving, creativity and
innovation) essential to successful performance of this job (in bullet format).
Knowledge of:
 Strong fundamental knowledge of instrumentation and principles of materials characterization
 General knowledge of the principles of electronics and materials engineering
Position Description - Director, EM Core Share Facility
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Understand computers and computer networks, data acquisition, data storage, and databases
Principle interaction of electron beam with matter
Principles of mechanical behavior of materials and mechanical testing
Academic, industrial, and/or governmental scientific laboratory environment
 Proficient in the use of personal computers and current software applications including but not
limited to Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Adobe, Website Development Programs, and
 Management or staff supervision
 Interpretation of SEM/TEM imaging and diffraction patterns
 Interpretation EDS, EELS spectra
 Sample preparation for EM analysis
 Strong written and verbal communication
Ability to:
 Train faculty, postdoctoral researchers and students in the use of SEM,TEM, and related
sample prep equipment
 Deals with customers in a cooperative, professional, and courteous manner; ensures customer
needs are met as efficiently and accurately as possible
 Keep current with latest research and advances in electron microscopy, material
characterization, mechanical testing, and with the latest software and electronic control of the
 Perform minor repairs and maintenance tasks on the laboratory instrumentation
 Follow-up with instrument vendors to insure a timely response to problems
 Negotiate with vendors to achieve the best value for departmental funds
 Work independently and to make decisions that are in the best interest of the department
instrumentation facility
 Work with a diverse group of students, researchers and faculty
 Adhere to all workplace safety policies and procedures at all times with no failure to comply.
 Demonstrate sound decision making practices by understanding impacts and risks of
 Exhibit judgment that leads to sound results and supports department policies
5. Describe the type of personal contacts encountered in performing the duties of the job.
Explain the nature and purpose of these contacts: i.e., to provide services, to resolve
problems, to negotiate.
Faculty, post-doctoral
researchers, graduate students
and undergraduate students
Facility users
Planning, Budget and Analysis
and Controller’s Office
Facilities Services
Purchasing Office
Reason for Contact
To provide training on the use of departmental instrumentation and
training to help with the interpretation of spectra
To schedule using the facility equipment
To obtain information and guidelines for budgeting and setting up
To coordinate remodeling labs and required repairs
To purchasing new equipment and maintain department inventory
Position Description - Director, EM Core Share Facility
SEM/TEM and instrumentation
managers at other universities
Various company sales
Manufacturer engineers and
specialists of various instrument
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Reason for Contact
To keep informed with the latest developments in laboratory
management and practices
To keep up-to-date with the latest state of the art instrumentation
and to negotiate quotes or bids for departmental purchases in
conjunction with purchasing office
To discuss instrument problems, or acquire more information and
to facilitate timely and quality repairs of the instrumentation
6. Indicate the minimum qualifications which are necessary in filling this position should it
become vacant. Please keep in mind the duties/responsibilities of the position rather than the
qualifications of the incumbent.
Minimum educational level, including appropriate field, if any.
Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution with emphasis or major in
material science and characterization
Minimum type and amount of work experience, in addition to the above required
education necessary for a person entering this position.
Bachelor’s Degree and five years, or a Master’s Degree or higher degree and three
years, of hands-on experience in the operation and maintenance of SEM/TEM;
experience acquired during graduate studies may count towards the requirement
Preferred Licenses or Certifications: None
Indicate any license or certificate required for this position.

Director, Electron Microscopy Core Share Facility