The Researcher 2 position will serve as part of a University-wide shared research facility, the University Imaging Centers. Trains, facilitates and supports researchers (faculty, staff, students and external users) in light microscopy and performs research using light microscopy. This includes sample preparation, image acquisition from high-end shared instrumentation and image analysis of imaging projects in a dynamic multi-user environment in support of the end-user research program. Position also involves providing basic experimental design consultation regarding light microscopy. In addition, responsible for instrument maintenance, calibration and creating and optimizing procedures and SOP user manuals.
(65%) Professional services to UIC users
Provides on-demand training to clients of the UIC in proper use of imaging systems and in the use of image-processing and image-analysis software analysis (e.g. Imaris, ImageJ, Nikon Elements, digital deconvolution, etc.) as needed.
Independently plan and perform image acquisition and image analysis of imaging projects and reports data and results to clients and Program Director.
Consult with users regarding basic experimental design, proper instrumentation and image analysis techniques in support of their research program.
Creating and optimizing standard procedures and SOP manuals, calibration and routine maintenance of general laboratory equipment.
Responsible for maintenance of instruments, mainly research grade light microscopes, which includes: troubleshooting, software implementation, basic repair, calibration, cleaning, etc.
Creates and optimizes SOPs for laboratory equipment upgrades and additions. Helps coordinate implementation and acquisition of new equipment (hardware and software).
(10%) Maintaining general laboratory stock, reagents and organization.
General laboratory practices including billing, making solutions, organizing lab stocks, maintaining supplies and waste disposal. Specific examples include monitoring slides, coverslips, microtome blades, etc.
(10%) Cross-training with other UIC staff as needed.
Reviewing literature relating to current microscopy technology; essential to the UIC goal of bringing expertise in new imaging technologies to users and educating the University community about new imaging technologies.
Required Qualifications (must be mentioned on application/resume):
B.S degree in the biological sciences and one year related professional experience or a combination of education and relevant research experience to equal five years.
Experience in basic and advanced light microscopy and their application in biology.
Experience with image analysis.
Desire to help researchers with both trivial and advanced aspects of imaging projects.
Demonstrated ability to work with a team of colleagues from diverse communities and cultures.
We are seeking a candidate who is a service-oriented team player with excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills who enjoys helping people.
Experience in a variety of widefield and scanning confocal microscopy; multi-photon microscopy, live-cell imaging methods located within the UIC
Familiarity with image processing software for image processing and image analysis, along with automation of tasks in these programs. Some experience with image analysis would be a strong plus. Experience with live animal (intravital) imaging would also be viewed favorably.
Experience in laboratory management
Internal Number: 330340
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