MIT.nano Job Opening: Optical Spectroscopy Research Specialist

March 28, 2024


We are seeking a highly skilled Optical Spectroscopy Research Specialist-Domain Expert to join the Characterization.nano team. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of optical spectroscopy techniques and methodologies, with a focus on their applications in various fields such as materials science, chemistry, physics, and beyond. The Optical Spectroscopy Research Specialist will be instrumental in assisting our user community by offering expert guidance and technical training on utilizing optical microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. This includes, providing classroom and equipment trainings, supporting users with experimental design as well as data analysis and results interpretation.

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The primary responsibility of a research specialist is to guide students and researchers toward becoming self-sufficient operators of the facility equipment and promoting efficient and effective workflows and data analysis protocols. Research Specialist must be able to collaborate with scientists and engineers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. These responsibilities will require strong communication skills and a “customer” focus. The staff member must know the characterization techniques supported in the facility to help guide users to appropriate tools.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science with two years of experience.
  • Extensive hands-on experience with wide range of optical spectroscopy techniques, including but not limited to absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Photoluminescence Spectroscopy, Optical Profilometry, Interferometry and various modes of optical microscopy (confocal, hyperspectral imaging, polarized, phase contrast, etc.)
  • Proficiency in experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation of optical spectroscopy data. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to troubleshoot experimental issues and optimize protocols. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience with optical spectroscopy software tools for data analysis.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple duties simultaneously.


  • MSc. degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field with a focus on optical spectroscopy or
  • Experience with advanced spectroscopic techniques such as time-resolved spectroscopy or nonlinear optical spectroscopy.
  • Knowledge of materials characterization techniques beyond optical spectroscopy, such as Atomic Force Microscopy, Inductively Couples Plasma Spectroscopy, Magnetic Properties Measurement Systems.

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