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Biology: Interim Director of Microscopy and Imaging - 000080B

University of Richmond
Richmond, VA

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Biology: Interim Director of Microscopy and Imaging - 000080B

The Department of Biology at the University of Richmond invites applications for a full-time position as Interim Director of Microscopy and Imaging to begin in January of 2022. This is a 12-month term appointment, annually renewable for up to three years. The University is committed to supporting the essential role of microscopy and imaging across the curriculum and the establishment of a permanent Director of Microscopy & Imaging position is under review. As scientific imaging is continually evolving and it is important for the Director to stay current on the state of the field, the position also includes some funding for the Director to attend approved professional meetings and/or enroll in microscopy-training courses. Applicants for the Interim Director position should have a PhD or MS degree and a demonstrated record of professional experience with light and electron microscopy (including sample preparation and quantitative analyses), demonstrated experience in professional collaboration and partnerships, and a keen interest in aiding, training, and developing undergraduate students into accomplished microscopists. As such, strong interpersonal skills, a desire and ability to contribute to a collaborative environment, and a dedication to carrying out their work to enhance the institutional goal of inclusive excellence are essential components of a successful application.

Although housed within the Biology Department the Microscopy Facility also serves faculty and students in Chemistry, Physics, and other departments within the School of Arts & Sciences, where the emphasis is on undergraduate education. The research-active faculty excel at student-centered undergraduate teaching and involving undergraduate students in authentic research and scholarly work. The Interim Director will join a collegial and collaborative community of faculty and student users and will provide expert advice in appropriate experimental design for the available instruments. The Interim Director will provide training and support in specimen preparation, instrument use, and quantitative analysis of imaging data for both light- and electron-microscopy approaches. They will work with faculty to support appropriate incorporation of both classroom-grade and research-grade microscopy into their courses. Duties also include operation, routine maintenance, and overseeing repair of the microscopes and their associated equipment. As the mission of the facility is to support the education and research goals of the community, the University funds the facility on behalf of the community, and users are not charged individually for instrument use or consultation.

The microscopy facility has an impressive array of advanced microscopes used by both faculty and students in their research and courses that include a field-emission SEM, TEM, inverted laser-scanning confocal microscope, and five wide-field fluorescence microscopes with digital image capture—two with time-lapse ability. Additionally, classroom-grade compound microscopes and dissecting microscopes (a fleet of ~100 of each type of microscope) are used in courses across all levels of the curriculum.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With nearly 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students "for lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a diverse world."

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote thriving in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see

Applicants should apply online at and submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter. In no more than three pages, the cover letter should contextualize:

  • How the candidate’s previous experiences have prepared them well to support the teaching and research responsibilities of the Director of Microscopy as described
  • How the candidate’s experience, training, and aspirations will support & enrich the University’s goals of inclusive excellence with respect to participation science through microscopy & imaging
  • How the candidate’s work in this term position could enhance the research and teaching at the University, as well as enhance the candidate’s own professional development

Review of applications will commence October 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide the names and contact information for three professional references. Those references will be asked to submit letters of recommendation addressing the candidate’s interest and preparation for this position. Inquiries about the position may be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. Omar Quintero-Carmona ([email protected]).


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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