Electron Microscopist (Full time – San Diego, CA)
NanoImaging Services, Inc. (NIS) is the global leader in CryoEM services, designed to meet the specific imaging, analysis and documentation requirements of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and nanotechnology industries.
NIS is unique in its capability of providing high resolution protein structure determination services using advanced in-house microscopes. Our growing fleet of instruments includes the Titan Krios and Glacios microscopes equipped with direct electron detectors. We work with a broad client base through access modes that include fee-for-service, PRT microscope access and training-centered partnership programs to deliver best-in-class results for drug discovery and development.
In joining NIS, you will become a key member of a highly talented, dedicated team of scientists pushing boundaries in structural biology to:
· deliver exceptional value to our clients
· drive CryoEM adoption
NIS is a seeking an energetic, innovative, and detail-oriented individual to join our talented team in this exciting and rapidly expanding field of research at our facility located in San Diego.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
· Preparing samples for imaging in an electron microscope
· Troubleshooting and optimization of problematic samples for EM
· Receiving and intaking client samples
· Collecting data on an electron microscope using a highly automated data acquisition pipeline
· Evaluating data/digital electron micrographs as they are collected to ensure high quality and that client specifications are met
· Analyzing and solving problems with the microscopes efficiently and quickly to ensure minimal down time
· Closely collaborating with other team members to ensure that projects are completed within demanding deadlines and to the highest quality possible
· Maintaining accurate records and performing data entry of experiments, projects, and other sample related information.
· Organizing, monitoring and maintaining lab spaces and equipment, including client samples, general lab supplies, and microscopy specific lab supplies
· Occasional remote monitoring of data collection during off hours
· Assisting in onboarding of new team members
A successful candidate must have the following qualifications:
· A Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering or a related area in life sciences
· At least one year of laboratory experience
· An interest in imaging and structural characterization of biological nanoparticles
· Be comfortable handling technically advanced and sensitive equipment
· Be comfortable carrying out complicated assignments and working with delicate materials
· Basic computer skills and willingness to learn new operating systems and advanced software
· Willingness and ability to learn quickly and adapt to changes
· Be self-motivated and have excellent oral and written English communication skills
· Be able to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
· Be able to follow verbal and written instructions with careful attention to detail
The following qualifications would be considered a plus:
· Previous experience in investigating biological specimens, particularly small particle analysis
· Previous experience in operating highly technical scientific instruments, such as advanced microscopes
· Previous experience in the preparation of negatively stained and/or vitrified specimen grids for TEM
· Experience in transmission electron microscopy or light microscopy
· Experience with FEI Tecnai, Glacios, or Titan Krios electron microscopes
Interested individuals are encouraged to send a resume, with a cover letter, containing information on their education, employment history, a minimum of three references, and any other relevant achievements related to the above skills to: email@example.com.