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University of Rochester Staff Scientist, SMD - 232450 in Rochester, New York

Staff Scientist, SMD Job ID 232450

Location School of Medicine & Dentistry Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 055 Ctr for Advanced Research Tech


8:30 AM-5 PM



The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Center for Advanced Light Microscopy and Nanoscopy (CALMN) seeks an experienced multi-photon microscopist to join our team. The CALMN is a core facility that provides advanced light microscopy support and training to UR researchers as part of the Center for Advanced Research Technologies(CART). The successful candidate would be expected provide training to new and advanced multi-photon microscope users, maintain and extend the technical capabilities of the instrument and develop collaborations with UR researchers. The MP Scientist will offer expertise in experimental design and protocol development for quantitative studies, including experience with intravital imaging studies. This role would report to the Director of CALMN as part of the CALMN team, supporting additional instrumentation and contributing to the overall success of the facility. The successful candidate would be encouraged to present at local group meetings and poster sessions (as invited), and will receive support to attend national meetings to promote the CALMN while advancing their own knowledge of advanced light microscopy and image analysis. The MP Scientist would be expected to remain actively aware of field standards and advances including the advantages and disadvantages of various systems for specific applications, and keep abreast of technological advances and new analytic software analyses.

Major Responsibilities

The Multiphoton Specialist will focus on supporting URMC researchers utilizing multiphoton microscopy in their research. This includes the design, execution and interpretation of their experiments.

40% Oversight of multiphoton microscope

  • Write protocols for the conduct of research in the use of the multiphoton microscope, which may include design of experiments, materials and methods to be used and the schedule of imaging sessions

  • Develop and install operating procedures for the laboratory, and independently operates complex equipment

  • Develop and modify test methods; selects procedures for data collection and handling; and analyzes data

  • Coordinates service support: repair of equipment, requisitioning of supplies and maintenance materials as needed

  • Maintain equipment in optimal working order ;tracks and performs of quality control measurements; troubleshoot problems as necessary

  • Monitor user compliance with CALMN policies including data storage practices; proper use; standard and specialized techniques

40% Researcher support

  • Provide direct research and research training support at the professional level by advising on the proper use of multiphoton microscopy

  • Consult on the design of multiphoton experiments

  • Evaluate and review intravital procedures with URMC best practices

  • Cross-train with other CALMN staff to assist with routine questions and issues

  • Collaborate on research projects or sub-projects if desired as time permits

  • Contribute to writing of research proposals, and prepare regulatory documentation required for performance of research

15% Continuing education and resource allocation

  • Participate in CALMN outreach efforts to UR researchers

  • Participate in appropriate meetings and conferences

  • Maintain expertise in multiphoton microscopy and intravital imaging

  • Recommend expenditures for major laboratory equipment and construction

  • Authorize expenditure for expendable supplies and maintenance

5% Administrative

  • Monitor and oversee multiphoton scheduling system

  • Provide extensive guidance to technicians, graduate students, undergraduate students, postdoctoral appointees and professional staff

  • Support the Director to interview, train, manage, and evaluate staff

  • Direct the initial training as well as continuous skill development of staff/trainees in laboratory techniques and instrumentation procedures

  • Counsel staff/trainees on technical problems; advises and assists staff/trainees with special research projects

  • Address scheduling questions with Staff and users

Other projects and job duties as assigned.

This describes the typical duties of the position, but is subject to change based on the needs of the facility.


  • Doctoral degree with a minimum of two years post-doctoral experience in multiphoton microscopy and intravital imaging as a central part of research projects.

  • Demonstrated experience in designing and executing multiphoton microscopy experiments.

  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills, including written communication.

  • Experience in other microscopy techniques and imaging analysis is desirable.

  • Enthusiasm for teaching and learning across multiple disciplines and imaging/image analysis technologies.


Primary : Multiphoton Microscope (Olympus Fluoroview MPE-RS Twin-Laser Gantry System) and other standard laboratory and office equipment. Intravital research experience essential. Experience with image analysis and/or 3D-rendering software is desired. Other: CALMN also currently offers laser scanning microscopes, a Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscope, wide field imaging microscopes, a laser capture microdissection microscope and image analysis work stations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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