The Nikon Imaging Center at Harvard Medical School (NIC@HMS) is seeking candidates for a 2-3 year (renewable annually) post-doctoral training fellowship in advanced optical microscopy techniques and core facility management.
Optical microscopy has become central to progress in many areas of science. At the same time, the complexity of instruments and quantitative imaging experiments has dramatically increased, with many requiring extensive expertise to operate. Microscopy facilities managed by PhD-level scientists who advise and train researchers on imaging experimental design, the best instruments to use for their experiments, and proper use of instruments have become essential sources of expertise in many research institutions, and core facility management has become a stimulating career path for scientists with experience in advanced quantitative microscopy techniques and an interest in facilitating science broadly.
The NIC@HMS Fellow will learn advanced quantitative microscopy techniques including confocal, TIRF, FRET, FRAP, photo-activation, single-molecule imaging, light sheet and super-resolution microscopy, and key skills needed to manage a large, heavily-used core facility. The Fellow will learn to train core facility users to select and apply the appropriate techniques, using a wide range of biological specimens and experimental approaches. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to identify additional responsibilities that match their interests, such as: organizing and teaching microscopy courses in the NIC@HMS Educational Program; organizing microscopy discussion groups/journal clubs; troubleshooting equipment problems; developing protocols for testing equipment performance; designing and/or implementing novel or custom imaging techniques.
We are seeking candidates with optical microscopy experience, a PhD in biology, physics, or a related discipline, and interest in a career in optical microscopy. Start date is flexible. For more information and to apply, please visit microfellows.hms.harvard.edu. Applications will be considered as they are received.
Jennifer C. Waters, PhD
Director of the Nikon Imaging Center & Lecturer in Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Imaging Scientist