Light microscopy position avail at Whitehead Inst core

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Light microscopy position avail at Whitehead Inst core

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Dear List friends,

I am recruiting an Imaging Scientist at the junior- or mid-level to
help facilitate and accelerate the awesome science at Whitehead Institute
and the MIT and Cambridge, MA scientific communities we serve.  Please pass
this on to those who might be interested!

Details below.  Link:

Wishing you peace and good health,

Wendy C Salmon, M.A.
Manager, W.M. Keck Facility for Biological Imaging

The W.M. Keck Facility for Biological Imaging at Whitehead is excited
to recruit a new member of our light microscopy team.  The Technical
Assistant will serve a critical role by maintaining equipment and
providing training, usage and image analysis support to researchers
using the Keck Facility.  This is a great opportunity for someone
interested in light microscopes, teaching and core facility work.  We
invite applications with junior or mid-level experience.

The Keck Facility is a light microscopy core facility that provides
state-of-the-art light microscopy equipment and expertise to enable
the diverse and dynamic research at the Whitehead Institute, MIT and
the surrounding biomedical research institutions. We house a range of
turn-key instruments to assist with imaging a broad range of
samples--from bacteria to brains, biochemistry to organoids and
organs.  In addition, we provide microscopy education opportunities
for our research community.

Classification: Exempt, Full Time
Reports To:     Microscopy Facility Manager (Wendy Salmon)

Overall Responsibility

The Technical Assistant assists the Keck Facility manager in core
facility operations including training of users (grad students, post
docs, faculty and research staff), maintenance and troubleshooting of
equipment and affiliated software and peripherals, creating accounts,
inventory and ordering of supplies, and basic image analysis
assistance.  The Technical Assistant will perform all duties in
accordance with Whitehead Institute's behavioral standards, mission,
values, and vision.

Characteristic Duties
 - Provide weekly and regular maintenance of equipment.
 - Provide thorough training to users (grad students, post docs,
faculty research staff) in basic microscopy theory, practical
operation of equipment, fundamentals of image analysis and facility
 - Provide as-needed assistance to users.
 - Maintain records of use, training and equipment maintenance.
 - Ensure timely backup of essential data.
 - Maintain proper inventory and order supplies.
 - Work with Keck manager to perform as-needed equipment
troubleshooting and maintenance and facilitate service and repair.
 - Assist in demos and facility tours as needed.
 - Help prepare, review and revise written training materials,
policies and protocols.
 - Remain current with trends, equipment and software in the field
through reading, attending seminars, trade shows and visits to other
core facilities. May attend and participate in one related national
professional conference on an annual basis.
 - Other duties, as assigned

 - Bachelors or Masters, or equivalent experience, in biological,
chemical or physical sciences, engineering or a related discipline.
 - Have worked on at least one project using light microscopy
 - At least 2 years working within a biomedical- or microscopy-related
research laboratory.
 - Excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to work in a
service-orientated environment.
 - Strong computer and record keeping skills.
 - Strong written and verbal communication skills.
 - Comfortable with troubleshooting and problem solving.
 - Interest in teaching and collaboration.
 - Ability to exercise judgment within defined practices and techniques.
 - Flexibility and willingness to learn new technologies.
 - Ability to work independently under deadlines with minimal guidance
while also working as a team member.
 - Ability to be on-time for scheduled appointments and adapt to
unscheduled requests.

Preferred Experience (1 or more)
 - 2-7 years laboratory research experience with at least 2 of those
years working with light microscopy.
 - Image analysis and programing experience highly desired.
 - Experience in multiple lab techniques (>1) and principles of cell
 - Experience with training people on equipment or in a technique.
 - Experience with Metamorph, Zeiss ZEN and Fiji/ImageJ software programs.

Cover letter required.  Salary commensurate with experience.

Wendy C Salmon, M.A.
Manager, W.M. Keck Facility for Biological Imaging
*Limited availability before 1pm M,W,F due to 2-year-old side-kick*

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
455 Main St., Rm 447
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
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