Job Opportunity: Microscopy Facility Manager, Montreal

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Job Opportunity: Microscopy Facility Manager, Montreal

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The Research Center of Sainte-Justine Hospital, the mother and child
hospital affiliated with the Université de Montréal, invites applications
for the position of Manager for a new state- of-the-art Microscopy Imaging
Facility that is being launched in partnership with Leica Microsystems
Canada. This full-time position is available for 1 year in the first
instance, with the possibility of extension upon reaching the goals and
deliverables defined in the microscopy facility business plan and subject
to available funds within the Research Center budget.

Job description.

The Facility Manager, will report to the Microscopy Facility Director(s)
and will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the facility. The
facility is housed in a brand new Research Center and includes a wide range
of Leica microscope systems including a laser- scanning confocal system, a
spinning disc confocal system with TIRF (Quorum Technologies/Visitech), a
multi-photon system, a STED super-resolution system, a laser dissection
system, wide-field systems, a stereo-dissection system and image analysis
workstations. Extensive training on all equipment will be provided by the

Summary of key responsibilities:

Day-to-day responsibilities:


   Ensure the proper functioning and maintenance of the equipment through
   liaison with representatives of Leica Microsystems and other suppliers.

   Ensure proper training, supervision and scheduling of the equipment.

   Advise researchers and end-users in aspects of their experimental design
   from choice of imaging modality, to sample preparation, to image
   acquisition and image


   Manage the collection of user fees and monitor the operational budget.

   Ensure that all Sainte-Justine Hospital procedures and health and safety

   are followed.

   Ongoing/Periodic responsibilities:


   Contribute to establishing, monitoring and evolving the operational
   policies of the Facility.

   Develop educational tools for researchers and periodically
   deliver/organise educational and promotional activities such as seminars
   and workshops, potentially in collaboration with external parties, either
   in-house or at external sites.

   Test and perform cost/benefit analysis on appropriate consumables and
   accessories prior to purchase.

   Compile periodic reports of budget projections, equipment usage
   statistics, and research outputs such as publications, etc.

   Actively engage with the Canadian microscopy community on behalf of the
   Facility, including attending relevant meetings.


   Keep abreast of relevant technological developments and work to
   implement and/or adapt new approaches of potential use to local

   Actively participate in the identification and implementation of
   strategies for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Facility.

   Qualifications and competencies


   Must have in-depth knowledge of cellular and molecular sciences,
   normally acquired though post-secondary education or equivalent experience
   (MSc. required, PhD. preferred, post-doctoral experience considered a
   further asset). Applicants with a relevant background in
   physics/engineering (e.g. optics/lasers/programming) are also encouraged to

   Must have extensive hands-on experience of biological imaging, including
   wide-field and confocal imaging, and a solid theoretical understanding of
   all current and emerging microscopy technologies. Experience with
   multi-photon, STED, and TIRF microscopy would be an asset.

   Must have knowledge of histology, cell culture and general lab protocols
   and methodologies used in the biological sciences.

   Must exhibit strong computer literacy including experience with image
   analysis software.

   Must have demonstrated high levels of initiative, autonomy and the
   ability to assume a high level of responsibility.

   Must have strong interpersonal skills needed to effectively deal with
   different people and groups, both scientific and non scientific

   Skills and qualities sought


   Creativity and proactivity: demonstrates proactivity, efficiency and
   creativity to find efficient solutions, to ensure a constant evolution and
   optimization of the microscopy platform.

   A rigorous and effective approach: ability to analyze and understand the
   internal and external environment to guide rapid decision-making, balancing
   risks / effectiveness. Shares the values of excellence and commitment
   required to position the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center and develop the
   microscopy platform

   Ability to work independently, to be creative and to "think outside the

   Strong leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and excellent
   communication skills,

   both verbally and in writing, in both official languages of Canada.

   Ability to encourage collaboration in order to develop transversality.

   Ability to mobilize teams by ensuring a presence and developing team
   members' sense of competence.

   Ability to interact in a fun, challenging and effective way with people
   from different sectors, and with creativity and openness.

   Experience in editing and writing grant applications is an asset.

Other Skills Required:


   Autonomy and ability to manage ambiguity

   Sense of ethics

   Stress tolerance


   Loyalty, integrity

   Ability to work as part of a team

   Salary scale:

   CAD $42,297 to $78,841 depending on qualifications and relevant

   All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and
   permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens
   or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be

   Application deadline: 11:59 pm ET, June 15th 2017 To Apply:

   In English or French, via the link below on the CHUSJ website:

   Ref: CNS-17-2522 - Responsable de la plateforme d’imagerie microscopique

Gilles Hickson, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center
Associate Research Professor, Dept. Pathology & Cell Biology, Université de

CHU Sainte-Justine
3175 Chemin de la Côte Ste-Catherine
Bureau 7.17.006
Montréal, Québec
H3T 1C5

Tel: (514) 345 2189
fax: (514) 345 4731
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