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Research Assistant

Apply now Job no: 493368
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Laboratory Support, Research


 Keith Porter Imaging Facility, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences


The microscopy research assistant provides technical support for the imaging core facilities in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS). 

Reporting to the manager, the microscopy research assistant provides technical support for the core imaging facilities at UMBC. Duties include quality control of major instruments (confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM)), as well as specimen preparation, user training and assistance, image processing and analysis, and data management. This position requires previous experience with at least one type microscopy and the ability to learn a variety of new microscopy techniques. This incumbent will ensure that the imaging facilities are able to maintain their high standard of research support.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Perform microscopy equipment maintenance such as instrument alignment and troubleshooting technical issues.
  • Provide user training and guidance on image acquisition and data analysis, and develop standard operating procedures and usage manuals.

  • Develop and execute specimen preparation protocols for experiments.
  • Perform computer related duties such data backups and troubleshooting technical issues, and other duties as assigned.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, engineering or field of study related to the research of the laboratory. Previous experience with at least one type of microscopy, such as confocal microscopy, TEM, SEM or AFM.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Extensive experience in more than one type of microscopy, and/or experience in specimen preparation and image analysis is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload a cover letter and resume.  

Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration, submit application materials by July 01, 2021. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time
Type: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
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Benefits: UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities. Contingent II positions may include some benefits. To learn more about our benefits click here.
 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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