Location: Chicago, USA

Type: Professor/Group leader

The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University is seeking a Director of the Center for Advanced Microscopy (CAM) and the Nikon Imaging Center (NIC). The CAM is a core imaging facility housing the latest in imaging instruments including super-resolution, confocal, TIRF, light sheet and multiphoton microscopes. The NIC is one of only three such advanced facilities in the country. The Center is supported by the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Department of Cell & Molecular Biology, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Nikon Instruments, Inc.


The mission of the CAM is to provide access to state-of-the-art imaging equipment to researchers at Northwestern University and neighbouring institutions and to serve as an educational hub for the mid-west region by providing training courses and symposia in basic and advanced microscopy.


The Director will oversee 6 staff members that together are responsible for the upkeep of current instrumentation and for providing training and support to users. The Director will also be expected to develop and teach courses in basic and advanced light microscopy techniques and their applications to cutting-edge biomedical research. In addition, the Director with the input of the Faculty Advisory Committee will organize symposia on the latest microscopy techniques and their applications. He/she will also establish and maintain close communications with Nikon Instruments and other NIC directors worldwide to operate the Center at the highest level of excellence. Other activities include the evaluation and provision of feedback on new/prototype Nikon equipment to Nikon Instruments and generating monthly status reports. The Director will be expected to write grants to help the institute with equipment purchases and to stay knowledgeable regarding the latest developments in imaging technologies and applications.


Applicants must have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline. Candidates should have extensive personal experience optimizing and using cutting-edge imaging modalities in biomedical research. Preference will be given to candidates with graduate and postdoctoral experience in microscopy, image analysis and/or designing optical systems. Experience with grant writing, teaching and using Nikon instruments and software are desirable. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience.


To apply, please send your application package including a cover letter addressed to the NIC Search Committee, curriculum vitae, and the names of three individuals qualified to provide references in one PDF file to CAM-director@northwestern.edu


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.