Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital have joined to create a new cryo-EM center for structural biologyin the Harvard community. The facility housing two FEI Titan Krios electron microscopes and one FEI Talos Arctica electron microscope, will open in the fall of 2018. We seek personnel who will train users, operate the microscopes and interface with a vibrant scientific user community. This position is ideal for scientists keen to use their skills to contribute to multiple projects from many research areas, and to take on science management responsibilities.
Job description. (1) Serve as the technical interface between the user and the microscopes: check microscope alignment, insert grids, set up user to record images. (2) Train users in cryo-grid preparation, in operation of software that runs the microscope and records the images. (3) Advise users on experimental strategy or (when appropriate) collaborate with them to assist in data recording, analysis, and structure determination. (4) Assist director in managing the facility.
This position will have a high degree of independence, opportunities to present at regional and national scientific symposia and workshops, and opportunities to develop collaborative relationships with Harvard investigators.
Requirements. (1) Ph.D. in a field related to structural biology such as cell biology or biochemistry. Experience in structural biology -- either x-ray crystallography or electron microscopy (or both) -- preferably at the postdoctoral level. Moderate or extensive EM experience preferred. (2) Expertise in operating complex instrumentation and experience with sophisticated software systems. (3) Good communication and interpersonal skills. (4) Interest in becoming cryoEM expert and learning how to align and operate high-end microscopes at a very sophisticated level. (Potential career track as EM facility director, for example.)
To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Subject line of your email, please write: Cryo-EM Specialist.