Core Imaging Specialist

Reno, Nevada
Up to $60,000 per year + benefits
October 27 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The University of Nevada, Reno, is seeking an Imaging Specialist for the Cellular and Molecular Imaging Core facility of the COBRE Integrative Neuroscience Center, which brings together neuroscientists from across campus to foster complementary and synergistic approaches to understand the brain and neurological disorders. Under the direction of the Core Director and Center, the Imaging Specialist will be required to operate and maintain high-end microscopy imaging systems within a core laboratory environment, including the Leica SP8 confocal equipped with Lightning, the Scientifica two-photon, Thunder 3D-tissue and Model Organism microscopes with computational clearing technologies, as well as other molecular and cellular imaging systems within the core. The Imaging Specialist will be responsible for training and assistance of investigators using the microscopy systems within the core facility. Key duties of the Imaging Specialist include, but are not limited to:

Experimental Assistance and Technical Support:

  • Work with users including faculty and students to provide assistance on core equipment including advanced microscopy platforms and software support for their research projects
  • Perform cleaning and maintenance of core equipment including microscope platforms, and quality controls to ensure optimal performance of core equipment
  • Help to troubleshoot and solve, and optimize hardware and software for specific research projects
  • Provide technical consultation to users on choosing the right equipment for investigator research needs and application.



Equipment Operation and Maintenance:

  • Manage ongoing operations, maintenance, and use of core equipment
  • Maintain computer hardware and software infrastructure in the core
  • In consultation with researchers identify and implement appropriate upgrades or modifications to the core facility in support of research projects
  • Act as a liaison between the core and vendors for purchases and service


  • Provide specialized training and orientation specific to individual users and projects on core equipment including image acquisition and processing, and analysis techniques
  • Provide regular workshops on the use and applications of different imaging technologies and core equipment for image and data analysis

Operations Management:

  • Monitor compliance issues and safety protocols related to the core
  • Maintain records and databases generated by the core
  • Provide support and documentation for grants or submissions utilizing the core
  • Maintain billing, scheduling and management software, usage logs and core manuals
  • Provide general core upkeep and order supplies as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences or related field, with two years of related research work, or a Master’s degree with one year of related research work. Related research experience include:

  • Advanced microscopy experience and knowledge, image analysis and processing and computer operation
  • Experience in molecular and cellular techniques
  • Experience in basic laboratory and scientific methods.

Work experience in a core facility of universities or institutes of science is not required but preferred. The individual selected for this position should have ability to communicate and work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and outside users. This includes participation in the research and training of those users. This position is contingent upon funding.

Applicants should submit as part of their package a:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Brief statement (not to exceed two pages) that addresses your qualifications and vision for the position
  • Brief statement (one page maximum) of how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment for which you are applying.

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EEO/AA. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.