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Light Microscopy Specialist

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: FLSI Operations
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Fralin Life Sciences Institute (FLSI) at Virginia Tech is looking for a highly motivated individual to lead the development of a light microscopy imaging core facility, serve as its manager, and support research groups with microscopy needs on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. The Light Microscopy Specialist will serve a critical role by developing and leading the centralized core facility, providing training and image analysis support to researchers, facilitating experiential learning experiences for students, maintaining and troubleshooting equipment, interfacing with vendors, and working with faculty members on proposals to expand the light microscopy imaging capabilities at the FLSI.

Required Qualifications

-Master’s degree in biological or physical sciences, engineering, or a related discipline.
-Experience working in a biomedical- or microscopy-oriented research laboratory.
-Experience using fluorescence microscopy.
-Proficiency in the optical principles of a light microscope.
-Proficiency with image acquisition and analysis software, such as Fiji/ImageJ, Zeiss ZEN, NIS Elements, or Imaris.
-Excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to work in a service-orientated environment.
-Strong computer and record keeping skills.
-Strong communication skills.
-Comfortable with independent 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.
-Adaptability and flexibility to address scheduled and unscheduled requests.

Preferred Qualifications

-Ph.D. degree in biological or physical sciences, engineering, or a related discipline.
-Expertise in both widefield and confocal fluorescence microscopy.
-Proficiency with neural network-based image analysis pipelines.
-Basic coding skills.
-Experience in training others on microscopes or in a technique.
-Contributions to grant proposals.
-Familiarity with a light microscopy facility.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

October 13, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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