Innovation, Experience, Response


Hummingbird Scientific is a leading developer of sample holders for electron and ion microscopy. Founded in 2005, Hummingbird brings together some of the best scientists, engineers, and precision machinists in the business. Hummingbird is an engineering and manufacturing company first—our core competence is excellence in engineering and precision manufacturing. Science is the business we support by bringing new tools to the field.


Our strength lies in helping scientists advance their research by translating innovative ideas into user-friendly tools. Working both alone and in collaboration with our customers, we have created more than a dozen new electron microscopy experimental platforms.


We believe in leading. We believe in taking risks. We believe in putting science first.

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Powered By Excellence

At Hummingbird, we seek excellence in all things, and we see our employees as an essential part of that. We believe that innovative, responsible people thrive on freedom and are worthy of it. We value technical skills, curiosity, and dedication, and we work continually to build a culture of caring that extends beyond the doors of our building.


Our Founders

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Norman Salmon


In 2005, Norman Salmon co-founded Hummingbird Scientific along with Eric Stach. In the years since, Mr. Salmon has led the company’s growth and development.

Mr. Salmon has been involved in precision manufacturing for over 15 years. As program manager at Lawrence Berkeley, he focused on precision mesoscale manufacturing and instrumentation for electron microscopes. He has spoken about precision manufacturing to groups around the world and consulted for more than 50 organizations, including government agencies, medical manufacturing companies, precision machine tool builders, and manufacturers of precision components.

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Eric Stach, Ph.D


Dr. Stach brings more than two decades of experience in developing innovative solutions for in-situ experiments in the TEM, with experience in both national laboratories (National Center for Electron Microscopy / Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Center for Functional Nanomaterials / Brookhaven National Laboratory) and in academic environments (Purdue University, Stony Brook University ). His research interests focus on the development and application of electron microscopy techniques to solve materials problems in catalysis, energy storage, thin film, and nanostructure growth and materials deformation. The development and application of new instrumentation has been a critical component of his research focus.

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Daan Hein Alsem, Ph.D


Dr. Alsem is the Director of Research and Engineering at Hummingbird Scientific. He has more than twelve year’s worth of research and development experience with in-situ and analytical transmission electron microscopy, electron microscopy-centered experimentation, and microscopy methods and hardware development. After acquiring his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, Dr. Alsem worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s National Center of Electron Microscopy. He also holds an Affiliate Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, awarded in 2010.

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Thinkers & Makers


Hummingbird Scientific is defined by an insistence on providing the best possible tools for in-situ microscopy.  In pursuit of that goal, all our team members are expected to approach customers’ request and specifications with creativity, honesty, and intellectual rigor.  We have high expectations of each other, and we work as a team to build things we can all be proud of. That mindset, along with our execution, has allowed Hummingbird Scientific to create revolutionary microscopy products and grow into the stable business it is today.


We are proud of our offices and workshops. In our open-office environment, every employee receives an ergonomic Aeron chair and solid wood desk. Dual monitors, up-to-date workstations, and headsets to complete our tech setup.


Hummingbird is located in the Olympia/Lacey area, surrounded by extensive forests, the Puget Sound, the Olympics, and Mt. Rainier National Park.


Among other benefits, Hummingbird Scientific offers top-tier medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their dependents. We also provide a match for employee retirement contributions.


Who said that there’s no such thing as a free lunch?. Every Friday, we serve a BBQ lunch featuring seasonal and organic ingredients. Pantries are stocked with snacks and treats, and we brew locally roasted coffee all day long.


Once a month, the whole company gathers to review progress and to share personal triumphs via talks and demos.


Internships provide an opportunity for you to learn and grow and for us to engage with new ideas. We are always interested in working with motivated, intelligent, and dedicated students and recent graduates. Learn more here.

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    Hummingbird Scientific’s internship program gives talented college students, recent graduates and high school students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their (prospective) field. Interns selected for the program become a part of the vibrant Hummingbird Scientific community, developing early-career work experience in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, or materials science.

    “Hummingbird provided a diverse and stimulating venue to launch my career as a new scientist. I was fortunate to broaden my skill set and develop scientific perspectives that are atypical in a chemist’s repertoire, including 3D-CAD, LabVIEW interfacing, and microfabrication”– Eli, currently pursuing his Ph.D in Chemistry

    “I was fresh out of chemistry undergrad when I joined, so this was my very first exposure to engineering… I always felt able to contribute my personal strengths and creativity… especially amidst the friendly work environment… I learned a ton about engineering, machining, TEM, and the inner workings of a company.”

    – Jennie, currently pursuing her Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering

    I’ve been often asked how I learned to solder so cleanly, or where I learned CAD, or why I’m able to program so well, and my answer is always ‘Hummingbird.’”

    – Al, currently pursuing his Ph.D in Chemistry


    Post-graduate internships are our most successful and productive program. Typically, interns have just received an undergraduate degree and want to spend the year after graduation gaining practical experience in a scientific field. You do not have to be an engineer or even want to be one—many of our most successful interns have had backgrounds in chemistry.  But a general interest in engineering or science is important.

    Our interns have gone pursued any number of paths after leaving Hummingbird scientific.  In particular, internships are a great stepping stone on the way to graduate school. Assuming you do a great job, we are happy to provide you with a strong recommendation as you move on to the next step in your educational or professional pursuits.
    Opportunities typically start in the summer and last up to a year.


    Summer internships are the perfect opportunity for you to explore career options, gain valuable job experience, and/or fulfill college requirements. Generally, we assign each intern a mentor and one or more specific projects. Hiring takes place in the spring.  Internship dates can be tailored to fit your university’s schedule.


    Co-op internship positions are done in coordination with your college and university for program credit. Your projects and scope are determined in consultation with you and your academic advisor. Positions are available year round; but we particularly encourage candidates to apply for the fall and winter.


    From time to time, we take on high school students interested in work experience relating to engineering, machining, or natural science. These positions typically involve parts cleaning, organization, and general support other staff members. Although the work is basic, it provides insight into how an engineering company works and what engineers, machinists and scientists do.

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