Welcome to UMBC Jobs

Jobs at UMBC

UMBC is currently monitoring COVID-19 and the impacts to our campus community and operations. The latest information is available at: https://covid19.umbc.edu/

Research Specialist

Apply now Job no: 493595
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Laboratory Support, Research


Keith Porter Imaging Facility


The Research Specialist provides technical support for the core imaging facilities in the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (CNMS). Accomplishes responsibilities by applying specialized and theoretical knowledge, principles, and concepts of a professional discipline normally acquired through advanced education or specialized training. Duties include providing research expertise and training for instrument users on a range of optical and electron microscopes as well as the development and execution of fee-for-service imaging projects. The Research Specialist also assists with facilities operation, which includes resolving technical issues, administrative tasks such as record keeping and billing, the development of facility policies and procedures, and supervision of junior staff and undergraduate and graduate students.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide consultation and support for instrument users, including basic and advanced training in microscopy operation, and guidance in microscopy-related experimental design, specimen preparation and data analysis.
  • Perform microscopy and laboratory equipment maintenance including instrument alignments and troubleshooting complex technical issues of mechanical and software related components
  • Independent execution of fee-for-service image acquisition for UMBC and off-campus clients, which may involve experimental design, sample preparation, and/or data analysis
  • Assist in the training of facility staff and student workers, and provide direction and motivation to facility staff and student workers on various projects.
  • Administrative duties including but not limited to monitoring equipment reservations and usage, record keeping, ordering and maintaining supplies, billing, and assistance in the development of standard operating procedures and facility policy
  • Other duties as assigned by the manager    

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with two years of general research experience in the life or materials sciences.  Consideration may be given to a unique combination of education and experience such as a bachelor’s degree with four years of general research experience.
  • At least two years of advance microscopy experience operating one type of microscope such as confocal, TEM, SEM, or AFM. 
  • Ability to perform essential duties independently with attention to detail.
  • Possess effective time management skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks or projects.
  • Must also possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and a commitment to exemplary customer service.  

Preferred Qualifications: 

Supervisory or training experience 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  

Screening of Applications Begins:

For best consideration, submit application materials by February 7, 2022. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.





FLSA Status:


COVID-19 Vaccination:

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMBC, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMBC, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required at the start of employment. Further information is available at: https://covid19.umbc.edu/vaccine/


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.

Title IX:

As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


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.


Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Share this:

| More