Nationwide Children's Hospital

Microscopy Specialist - RI Microscopy Core Vetter

Posted Date 2 months ago(11/28/2022 10:19 AM)
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The Microscopy Specialist will play a central role in the growth and success of the Microscopy Core by providing routine training and support to Abigail Wexner Research Institute (AWRI) investigators and staff who use the Core. Major equipment in the Microscopy Core includes two confocal microscopes, two motorized widefield fluorescence microscopes, a scanning electron microscope, an atomic force microscope, and a laser capture microscope, along with four image analysis workstations. In addition to instruments, the core provides support in study and method development, design of advanced and unbiased image analysis approaches, and high-quality data reporting. The core does not offer sample preparation services or house wet lab activities. The Microscopy Specialist’s responsibilities may include training and assisting users with instruments and software, participating in development of image analysis algorithms, troubleshooting support, and routine instrument maintenance tasks. Prior experience with these responsibilities is desired but not necessary. The right candidate should have significant prior experience with using microscopy instruments and image analysis tools, a genuine interest in further developing their microscopy expertise, and good communication and problem-solving skills. This position will offer opportunities to learn about and assist with a wide range of interesting projects and experiments, and to make significant intellectual contributions with the appropriate skillset.

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  • Provide routine instrument training and hands-on assistance to Microscopy Core users
  • Provide basic or advanced support with image processing and analysis
  • Perform routine maintenance and upkeep tasks related to Microscopy Core equipment
  • Contribute to troubleshooting and problem-solving efforts when users encounter issues
  • Additional responsibilities may include managing reservations in iLab, maintaining records, ordering and maintaining supplies, and other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:


  • A Bachelor’s degree in a biological, chemical, or physical science is required, and a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • 1-2+ years of work in a biomedical research laboratory with a significant emphasis on microscopy work, either in the context of a staff position or an advanced degree program.
  • Strong familiarity with and aptitude for microscopy, and a sincere desire to develop further expertise.
  • Understanding of and experience with simple image analysis tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to work with others.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with an emphasis on communicating technical information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability and eagerness to learn and teach others about methods and concepts related to microscopy instruments and image analysis.
  • Comfort with troubleshooting and problem-solving on the spot.
  • Ability to work in an independent, flexible, and organized fashion while handling changing needs and priorities.
  • A strong sense of scientific integrity and professional responsibility.



  • Ability to stand for more than 1 hour at a time, sit for more than 1 hour at a time.
  • Good visual and auditory acuity.
  • Full use of hands and arms.
  • Ability to speak clearly.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds occasionally.
  • Exposure to biohazard and chemical agents
  • Must be able to tolerate personal protective equipment


Percent of time spent on:

  • 75% Serving as a technical resource for Core users
  • 15% Instrument maintenance and calibration
  • 5% Purchasing and maintaining supplies
  • 5% Billing and Reports


The above list of duties is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties performed by the individual so classified, nor is it intended to limit or modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his/her supervision.


EOE M/F/Disability/Vet


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