Microscopy Technician

Pasadena, California (US)
23 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Sep 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Summary

The Beckman Institute Biological Imaging Facility (BIF) is seeking a Microscopy Technician. The BIF is the only core facility on the Caltech campus for light microscopy. The BIF has nine microscopes: six are confocal, the seventh is a wide field deconvolution microscope and the last two are Light Sheet Fluorescence microscopes. Most of the microscopes are Zeiss instruments. In addition to microscopes, the BIF also provides software resources for processing the data collected by researchers at Caltech.

Job Duties

– Assist the Director with application support as well as maintenance, calibration, and repair of the instruments and/or computes in the Imaging Facility.
– Among the more advanced applications, the technician will help with time lapse imaging, imaging with non-descanned detectors, two photon confocal microscopy, deconvolution fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, super resolution microscopy, and spectral unmixing.
– Train new users.
– Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

– Bachelor's degree.
– Experience in light microscopy, especially laser scanning confocal microscopy.
– Ability to work independently as well as with Caltech researchers.
– Open to learning new techniques.

Preferred Qualifications

– Experience on the newest Zeiss laser scanning confocal microscopes and Zen software.
– Previous experience working in a microscopy core.
– Familiarity with microscopes from either Leica, La Vision Biotech, or Perkin Elmer.
– Experience with MATLAB, the Imaris 3D imaging software and the Huygens deconvolution software.

Required Documents 

– Resume