The electron microscopy unit of IMDEA Materials Institute seeks a TEM microscopist/researcher to work as instrument scientist in the electron microscopy unit


Ref. num. TECH_JM_19-02

Instrument Scientist

IMDEA Materials (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies of Materials) is a non-profit, independent research institute, promoted by the Regional Government de Madrid (Spain), to carry out research in Materials Science and Engineering. IMDEA Materials Institute is committed to excellence in research by attracting talent from all over the world and to foster technology transfer to the industrial sector in a truly international environment. More information about the activities of the Institute can be found at:


We are seeking an innovative and skilled microscopist able to contribute to the application of advanced microscopy techniques (FIB, SEM, EBSD, EDS, TEM) to the characterization of materials, including the use of these techniques to carry out in-situ mechanical tests at the micro and nanoscale.

The selected candidate will assist other researchers (including external users) in the use of the microscopy facilities, will manage the electron microsocopy lab,  and will be encouraged to develop his own research lines in the area of electron microscopy.


Candidates should have a master in Materials Engineering or Physics. A PhD will be highly valued.

The applicant must be an experienced transmission electron microscopist, with accredited experience in:

  • High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM).
  • Electron diffraction and CBED analysis.
  • BF/DF imaging, including weak-beam conditions for dislocation/interface analysis.
  • STEM HAADF and chemical mapping.
  • TEM tomography.

A good background in the use of SEM, EBSD and FIB, as well as in nanomechanical testing, will be strongly valued.

Academic credentials (publications, invited/keynote lectures in international conferences, etc.) and ability to work in an academic, international and multidisciplinary environment.

Ability to coordinate and maintain state-of-the-art research facilities.

Fluent English is required.


Full-time contract including social security coverage.

Salary depending on previous experience and credentials.

The position will be open until the candidate is selected.

Transversal training.