Core Imaging Facility Manager/Specialist

Carnegie Institution for Science
Stanford, California (US)
April 01 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Core Imaging Facility Manager/Specialist

The Carnegie Institution for Science seeks a manager/specialist for a multiuser imaging facility at the Department of Plant Biology on the Stanford University campus.  

The department maintains several advanced imaging instruments, including a Leica SP8 AOBS with dual sets of lifetime detectors, two spinning disk confocal instruments one of which has photomanipulation capabilities, a lab-built light sheet microscope, an instrument for conducting physiological experiments with widefield FRET imaging, two instruments for conducting physiological imaging of whole seedlings, and an FEI environmental SEM.  The department plans to acquire or develop new instrumentation in the near future.

The department seeks a specialist to manage these instruments.  Facility management responsibilities will include maintaining equipment, coordinating repairs, training, scheduling, and overseeing data acquisition, processing, and storage. Training activities will involve assisting researchers with experimental design, sample preparation, equipment operation, and image analysis.  Scientific responsibilities include participating in plant biology research both in collaboration with other researcher and independently, and contributing to manuscript and grant writing.

The applicant should have significant experience in a life science research environment employing advanced microscopy, Specific skills sought include knowledge of basic optical principals, knowledge of microscopy methods including DIC, Phase Contrast, laser scanning and spinning disk confocal imaging, TIRF, FRAP, FRET and FLIM, the ability to align and tune laser tables and troubleshoot instrument problems, and the ability to configure and operate commercial and open source image acquisition software packages. The individual should also have basic knowledge of imaging processing techniques and the ability to work with both open source tools such as ImageJ and commercial packages such as Imaris, Metamorph and Slidebook.  Familiarity with and ability to write code in Matlab is a plus.

The position will require the incumbent to employ excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively with individuals of diverse experience and skill level, including faculty, post docs, graduate students and undergraduates.  

To apply, please submit your application below or send CV and cover letter by email to Clare Tuma, HR Business Partner, at

Carnegie Institution for Science is an equal opportunity employer.  We highly encourage candidates from under represented gender and ethnic groups to apply. All applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Additional information:

The Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals—men and women—with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the west and east Coasts and at the Las Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. The Department of Plant Biology has state-of-the-art facilities for microscopy/imaging and mass spectrometry as well as molecular genetic studies of plants. To learn more about the Department of Plant Biology, visit


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