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Research Assistant III

Michigan State University
East Lansing
Closing date
Jul 27, 2021

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Job Details

Job no: 718935
Work type: Support Staff
Pay Grade: 13
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Institute For Quantitative Health 40001013
Sub Area: AP- Professionals
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union
Position Summary

The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering (IQ) at Michigan State University is seeking a Research Assistant III. The successful candidate will manage the operations of the microscopy core at IQ, train new users, and work closely with the faculty and lab staff in IQ.

Job duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Operate and maintain the instruments in the IQ microscopy core including a Leica SP8 single photon confocal microscope, a Leica SP8 confocal + multiphoton microscope, Leica Thunder microscope, an Olympus super-resolution microscope, a Delta-vision microscope, custom built light sheet and other microscopes that are added to the core over time.
  • Provide guidance on appropriate microscopes and approaches for users and their experiments.
  • Work with Leica personnel and IQ faculty to ensure the aims of the Leica Center of Excellence are met.
  • Produce white papers on novel systems and approaches to be provided to Leica for distribution.
  • Contribute to grant applications for IQ faculty who incorporate microscopy into their proposals.
  • Work with Leica, and other vendors, to set up beta tests of tests of new instruments, coordinate user seminars and guide instrument selection.
  • Train new users on the instruments.
  • Organize and coordinate hourly use and working with finance on billing rate, procedures and payments.
  • Work with vendors on scheduling maintenance.
  • Advise IQ faculty on new instrument purchases to meet the needs of the core.

    To this end, knowledge of fluorescence microscopy instruments including laser scanning confocal microscopes, spinning disk confocal microscopes, and multiphoton microscopes imaging systems is a must. Image analysis expertise is preferred. Experience imaging living systems (cells, tissues, and animals) is preferred.

  • Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

    Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through completion of one or two years of post-bachelor degree work, such as a Master's in the specific field of research employment; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in research methodologies, writing reports, supervision, software, data interpretation and handling in area related to research being performed; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and may require special licensing or certification in the field related to the area of employment.

    Desired Qualifications

    Desired qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, or a related field; at least one to two years of hands-on experience in microscopy; previous experience of managing and operating microscopes independently; broad understanding of light microscopy, electron microscopy and relevant equipment and technologies used for Biomedical Research; cooperative, enthusiastic and team-oriented individual with good organizational and troubleshooting skills, attention to detail and thoroughness in record keeping; ability to take initiative in maintaining, and improving microscopy operations; excellent oral and written communication skills; minimum 2 year commitment; knowledge of light microscopy instruments including laser scanning confocal microscopes, spinning disk confocal microscopes, two-photon microscopes and IVIS spectrum imaging systems is a must; Experience in microscopy and image analysis is a must.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Application Materials

    Please submit cover letter, CV, names and contact information of five professional references

    Special Instructions

    Please visit for more information about IQ.

    Work Hours

    STANDARD 8-5

    Description of End Date

    This is an off-dated position funded for two years from date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.

    Summary of Health Risks

    Risks that have been identified by Environmental Health and Safety such as working with lasers.

    Bidding and Eligibility Ends on 7/20/2021 at 11:55 PM

    Advertised: Jul 14, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Jul 27, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


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