TEM Scientist

Tucson, AZ
Feb 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



AZ Rsch Labs-Interdisciplinary

Department Website Link:



Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

Research, Innovation & Impact (RII) at the University of Arizona invites applications for a Researcher/Scientist IV (TEM Scientist) to manage the campus’ central biological transmission electron microscope (TEM) laboratory. The TEM laboratory is part of RII Imaging Cores at the University of Arizona that are dedicated to research, instructional, industrial, and clinical applications. The Imaging Cores: Life Sciences North facility is located at the University of Arizona Health Sciences campus. The biological TEM facility provides investigators access to transmission electron microscopy (Thermo Fisher Tecnai Spirit Twin) equipment, ultramicrotomes and expertise in sample preparation and interpretation - in an atmosphere of stimulating advanced research training, scientific inquiry, collaboration, and outreach. Services in the electron microscopy facility include sample preparation for biological TEM, TEM imaging, and immuno-EM. The Scientist will be responsible the day-to-day operations of a full service biological TEM facility including: user training, sample preparation, imaging, instrument maintenance, calibration, experimental design, and advanced image/data analysis for the TEM laboratory. This person provides the technical services needed to design and implement experiments using a variety of routine biological EM techniques, but can also apply non-routine if needed. This person will split their time between user training services and assisted use/sample preparation for facility investigators. Users of this facility include UArizona faculty, postdocs, students, and external clients.

*RII Imaging Cores is also recruiting for a Researcher/Scientist III (req4235). Please note the education minimum requirements when applying.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and visioninsurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sickleave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee andqualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UArecreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

·Leads, manages, operates and maintains a 100 keV Thermo-Fisher Tecnai Spirit Twin transmission electron microscope
·Prepares samples or assists users in TEM sample preparation techniques including resin embedding, ultramicrotomy, and immuno-EM
·Organizes individual or group training sessions and certifies new users for safe and proper instrument use. Organizes and helps teach user workshops.
·Collaborates with users on new experimental protocol/method development and data interpretation. Collaborates with users on publications when appropriate
·Communicates (oral/written) results to facility users and scientific community when appropriate
·Responsible for equipment troubleshooting and performing or coordinating instrument maintenance, service, and repair.
·Oversees the local operation of the TEM lab including instrument scheduling, maintaining lab records (including data archiving), submitting monthly billing, and ordering routine operational supplies
·Responsible for establishing and monitoring compliance with safe operating procedures within the lab as per University regulations
·Keeps abreast of new developments in the field, updates skills, seeks/recommends supplemental training to advance knowledge and facility capabilities. Recommends purchase of equipment and upgrades (hardware and software)
·Actively collaborates with faculty in seeking funding opportunities
·Work with other core facility staff to serve as back-up support on the other facility instruments
·Participates in University committees and leadership opportunities
·Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, skills & abilities:
·Fundamental knowledge on the operating characteristics of electron microscopes, vacuum systems, and data storage
·Knowledge of proper and ethical imaging practices and protocols
·Excellent oral/written communication and skills
· Desire to expand skills to cyro-EM projects
·Familiarity with cell morphology/cell culture

Minimum Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy degree or equivalent in Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, or related field and 8 years of experience in biological TEM imaging, data analysis and standard sample prep techniques

Preferred Qualifications:

·Experience in imaging a broad range of biological sample types using TEM
·Experience in standard sample preparation techniques including resin embedding, ultramicrotomy, and immuno-EM
·Experience teaching workshops, short-courses, or courses for credit



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$70,000 - $86,000 DOE

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Researchers & Scientists

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Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


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Contact Information for Candidates:

Brooke Beam Massani
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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