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Imaging specialist, Microverse Imaging Center, Jena, Germany

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The Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse” (microverse-cluster.de) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena combines expertise in life, material, optical and computational sciences to study the interactions and functions in microbial communities in diverse habitats ranging from oceans and groundwater to plant and human hosts. Work in the Cluster will be supported by an integrative
research data management leveraging and extending state of the art computer science methods.
The Microverse Imaging Center offers support in biomedical imaging to the members of the Cluster of Excellence “Balance of the Microverse” and other researchers in Jena. On top of hosting state-of-theart turnkey microscopes, the Microverse Imaging Center also supports technological development and exchange between physicists and biologists. The new imaging facility offers currently two fluorescence microscopes. At least two to three additional instruments are planned for the coming couple of years. We are looking for an imaging specialist to work as the assistant imaging facility
manager and assist us in this exciting phase of starting up the facility.
The successful candidate will focus on supporting the users in training and assisting microscope usage and helping to run the facility. Duties will include testing, maintenance and trouble-shooting of the microscopes as well as contributing to all aspects of the day-to-day running of the facility. The position will be jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Christian Eggeling (www.biophysical-imaging.com) and Dr. Aurélie Jost. The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues from different disciplines in order to discuss their research projects, advice the facility users in their choice of imaging modality and preparation protocol, teach and train them, as well as assist them through the whole workflow,
from experimental design to data analysis.
We expect:

  • A Doctorate or Master’s Degree with working experience in (bio-)physics, biochemistry, computational sciences or closely related fields. Candidates in the final stages of obtaining their degree are eligible to apply.
  • Extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of optical fluorescence microscopy and its various implementations/techniques, for instance high-end and super-resolution applications.
  • Experience with cell-biological work and fluorescence labeling, especially experience in sample preparation for optical microscopy is a strong advantage, as well as the ability to set up and adapt protocols and apply new laboratories techniques
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an open-minded, service-oriented and problem-solving mindset
  • Excellent attention to detail and record keeping skills
  • Knowledge regarding data evaluation, statistics, image processing, programming, as well as expertise in developing optical technologies are beneficial
  • The willingness to always broaden one’s expertise and keep up-to-date with latest development in optical microscopy and its application to the biosciences
  • Previous experience in an imaging facility environment is an advantage but not required
  • Highly motivated individuals with an interest in joining our interdisciplinary and international research consortium

For additional information please check the job offer.
Closing date 25 June 2020

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