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Specialist - Electron Microscopy Expert

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $90,000 - $188,200

Application Window

Open date: July 8, 2024

Next review date: Thursday, Aug 8, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Aug 12, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description


The University of California, Irvine is currently accepting applications for a specialist position to manage the day-to-day operations of the biological side of the electron microscopy facilities and services to users at the UC Irvine Materials Research Institute (IMRI) see It offers many services including the examination of biological specimens such as cells and tissues using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with a particular emphasis on the structure determination of macromolecules.

The TEM specialist will operate, maintain, and improve the transmission electron microscopes (TEMs) including the TFS Glacios cryo-TEM and Jeol JEM 2100FS TEM; train, supervise, and work directly with users to carry out single particle macromolecule analysis and biological research; co-manage all aspects of day-to-day IMRI operations; participate in teaching and outreach activities; work with the IMRI leadership to identify and obtain accessories and additional equipment for a phased build-out of the biological side of the TEM facility. Publications in peer-reviewed journals is preferred but not required. Although this position is primarily to support biological TEM, the specialist may also support other TEM instrumentation and users for general TEM characterization of materials as a team.

To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting materials should be received by the close date. This position will remain open until filled. Inquiries should be addressed to Prof. Xiaoqing Pan


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree in the areas of biology, chemistry, materials science, physics, or a closely related discipline, and be a biological cryo-TEM expert with at least five years of in-depth, hands-on experience in cryo-TEM data acquisition, sample preparation, and data analysis. A successful applicant must also have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, a talent for collaborative research, good organizational skills, an ability to train or teach effectively, a capacity to be self-motivated and work independently, and sufficient knowledge of the operation of electron modern microscopes.

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About UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC anti-discrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA