Research Specialist

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The Reseach Specialist role will be centered around cutting-edge quantitative microscopy, supporting data acquisition on our 3i Lattice Light Sheet Microscope (LLSM) and Abberior Facility Line 3D STED & TCSPC systems, coupled with the subsequent data analyses. Emory’s Integrated Cellular Imaging (ICI) core facility is one of the largest microscopy core facilities in the south eastern region with 19 microscopes and 4 analysis workstations across 4 locations on Emory’s main campus ( We have multiple standard options such as widefield, confocal, and live cell spinning disk, together with advanced techniques including multiphoton, super-res, and light sheet microscopy. We are looking for a dedicated person passionate about imaging and helping life sciences researchers get the most out of today’s cutting-edge microscopes and the ever-complicated data sets.


  • Under general supervision, performs a variety of defined research and laboratory tests and experiments according to prescribed protocols and assigned schedules.
  • Sets up experiments as prescribed by a principal investigator.
  • May be required to participate in laboratory maintenance activities such as sterilization and cleaning of equipment, ordering of supplies, inventory and media preparation.
  • Maintains records, files and logs of work performed in laboratory notebooks and computer databases
  • Compiles data and records results of studies for publications, grants and seminar presentations.
  • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required by principal investigator.
  • General microscopy training, maintenance and user support
  • Train and assist researchers on lattice light sheet and super resolution microscopes
  • Consult and assist researchers with quantitative data analysis aspects of their projects
  • Data analysis and interpretation (design, development, and programming of custom/personalized analyses)
  • Monitor current life sciences literature for new directions in quantitative analysis
  • Assist in design and build of custom microscope systems (entire systems and add ons to current systems)
  • Efficiently managing multiple schedules, communications and administration for continuous fusion of above tasks


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


  • Ideal candidates should have experience with (bio-)image analysis, STED/light-sheet microscopy experience, and a background that overlaps in one or more of the following subject areas: physics, optics, engineering, programming, or computer science.
  • While experience with fluorescence microscopy and biology is preferred, it’s not explicitly required, just an interest in learning the underlying principles of modern microscopy data.
  • Sufficient physics/engineering background to understand underlying principles of super resolution and light sheet based microscopy techniques
  • Computer science skills

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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