The Research Specialist position requires a person that is hard-working, attentive to detail, with excellent organization and communication skills, and a dedicated team player. They will have the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of research projects in the biomedical sciences, including SARS-CoV-2 research.
Duties are varied and include: -Meeting with clients to determine optimal electron microscopy techniques for their projects, as well as communicating expected timelines and costs for completion. -Preparing samples for transmission and scanning electron microscopy, using a variety of techniques that include resin embedding, cutting and staining ultrathin sections, immunoEM, critical point drying and sputtering, among others. -Imaging samples on transmission and scanning electron microscopes. -Managing several sample preparation and imaging projects simultaneously while communicating expectations to clients and meeting deadlines. -Teaching electron microscopy imaging and some aspects of sample preparation to researchers. -Performing maintenance on electron microscopes and sample preparation instruments, troubleshooting equipment failures, and communicating with vendors to facilitate more complex maintenance and repairs. -Researching new electron microscopy sample preparation techniques and instrumentation. -Occasionally collaborating with researchers at the level of authorship/co-authorship. - Performing maintenance on electron microscopes and sample preparation instruments, maintenance will require the employee to be able to maneuver behind and under the equipment in a confined 3ft. × 3ft. space. Some equipment pieces that will need to be removed for servicing will weigh as much as 30lbs.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Previous experience working in a laboratory environment.
Prior experience with at least one form of electron microscopy sample preparation, and one form of electron microscopy imaging, which may include:
Imaging with transmission electron microscopy
Imaging with scanning electron microscopy
Resin embedding for TEM using epoxy or acrylic resins
Staining of samples for transmission electron microscopy
Special stains/cytochemical techniques
Negative staining of samples for transmission electron microscopy
Critical point drying
- Master’s degree in a relevant field. - 3 years experience in electron microscopy sample preparation techniques - 3 years experience in electron microscopy imaging - 2 years' experience in a core facility or similar shared resource setting - Proficiency in transmission and/or scanning electron microscopy imaging - Proficiency in as many as possible of the following electron microscopy sample preparation techniques: o Resin embedding for TEM using epoxy or acrylic resins o Ultramicrotomy o Staining of samples for transmission electron microscopy o Special stains/cytochemical techniques o Immunocytochemistry o Negative staining of samples for transmission electron microscopy o Critical point drying o Sputter coating o Microwave EM o Vibratome
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