Location: Salt Lake City, USA

External link: https://employment.utah.edu/salt-lake-city-ut/associate-director/BC2B414D374F4B44AA0BD4F2B9FB2056/job/

Type: Professor/Group leader

Work Schedule Summary

8-5 M-F

VP Area U of U Health – Academics

Department 00943 – HSC Core Resrch Facility Oper

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 60000 to 85000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Research Associate/Co-director will work with our other core co-director and faculty oversight committee to manage and expand shared light-microscopy Cell Imaging facilities on the University of Utah Campus. He/she will develop strategies and policies, oversee resources, and function with a high degree of both autonomy and collaboration. He/she will establish schedules for equipment service, help develop standard usage protocols, and carry out training for users. This will involve frequent communication with leadership, faculty, and trainees. The position requires expertise in multiple image acquisition and analysis software packages. The position may also involve developing relationships with biotechnology companies working with local researchers to advance their imaging products. The Research Associate will assist in developing an organizational and record keeping strategy to ensure the basic management of equipment, supplies, and user training, access, and billing at the core and satellite core facilities. In partnership with faculty, the Associate will develop and submit original research proposals for new instrumentation to government and corporate agencies. He/she will also host and participate in teaching microscopy courses and workshops for the University of Utah imaging community. Managerial skills and an ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written form with users, core staff, faculty, and leadership are essential. He/she will report to the University of UtahHSCCores Director.

Fluorescence Microscopy Core Facility: The University of Utah is the flagship university for the state of Utah, educating nearly 33,000 students and carrying out a $500 million+ world-renown research enterprise. The Cell Imaging Core is part of the Health Sciences Center (HSC) cores based at the University of Utah School of Medicine. This core provides high resolution, state-of-the-art light microscopy technologies for imaging and analyzing cells and tissues, and is integral to the success of the UofU’s research community. The Cell Imaging core, located in the Cores building in the heart ofHSC, is expanding to include three satellite locations across campus located at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Department of Biochemistry, and Department of Biology. Each location includes confocal and additional light microscopes and supports users from the entire campus: approximately 200 different primary investigators and 300+ individual users each year in materials sciences, engineering, biology, biochemistry, genetics, and preclinical applications. We seek to recruit a highly motivated, technologically capable professional ready to co-lead this resource in our dynamic research environment. This position supplements an existing Ph.D.-level director, a Ph.D.-level research associate, and a technician that carries out routine cleanings.


•Become knowledgeable about all core equipment and software: Axioscan slide scanner, automated widefield microscopes (Nikon,EVOS), spinning disk confocals, multi-photon confocals, scanning confocals (Zeiss, Leica, Nikon, Olympus),TIRFimaging (Nikon), and LeicaLAS, Nikon Elements, ZeissZEN, Metamorph, Imaris, and other software.

•Visit and communicate with leadership at satellite facilities to assist in satellite facility organization and provide support.

•Work with core staff to ensure core adherence to schedules for cleaning, maintaining, and calibrating instruments at all core locations.

•Work with core staff to ensure core organization and management of supplies, computers, and portable equipment.

•Work with core staff to ensure accurate record keeping of trainings, user access permissions, billings, equipment agreements, and core budget management.

•Be responsible for and maintain BSL2 laboratory conditions in all the imaging facilities.

•Establish Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for core staff and users for each instrument, in order to maintain consistent training and usage.

•Consult with users in the choice of imaging equipment that best fulfills the needs of their experimental question. Refer users to resources to assist in troubleshooting.

•Instruct users and other core staff in the use of more sophisticated imaging equipment (confocal,TIRF, and/or 2-photon, beam-splitters and patterned illumination) at all site locations.

•Work with core staff to arrange instrument repairs, including remote troubleshooting and support via web or phone links, shipping parts out for repair, and arranging for service.

•Develop and submit original research proposals to government and corporate agencies to obtain funds for new instrumentation.

•Attend national director and cell imaging meetings to obtain expertise in new technologies.

•Provide recommendations to the faculty oversight committee on new technical areas and that might synergize with existing areas to promote collaboration and expansion of services.

Minimum Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

•Ph.D in biological sciences or engineering and 4+ years advanced imaging experience.

•Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of basic and advanced imaging techniques (brightfield, phase-contrast,DIC, Hoffman, fluorescence, multi-photon, spinning disk confocal, light-sheet, point-scanning confocal, super-resolution,TIRF, and others).

•Ability to train others in these techniques to high proficiency.

•Theoretical and practical knowledge of basic and advanced image acquisition and analysis tools (e.g. Nikon Elements, LeicaLAS, ZeissZEN, ImageJ, Metamorph, Imaris, Micromanager).

•Successful publication of candidate’s own cell imaging research in peer-reviewed journals.

•Excellent writing skills and demonstrated success in writing and receiving grants.

•Effective organizational and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience in working in a biological imaging facility or directing/managing a multi-department/college shared core facility with more than 200 users annually.

•Experience in designing, implementing and maintaining laboratory space dedicated for advanced microscopy; including multi-photon, super-resolution, etc.

Practical experience (2+ years) in providing new, leading edge microscopy technologies to others.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: employment@utah.edu or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: oeo@umail.utah.edu .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.