Keck Facility for Biological Imaging at Whitehead is excited to recruit a new
member of our light microscopy team. The
Technical Assistant will serve a critical role by maintaining equipment and
providing training, usage and image analysis support to researchers using the Keck
Facility. This is a great opportunity
for someone interested in light microscopes, teaching and core facility
work. We invite applications with junior
or mid-level experience.
Facility is a light microscopy core facility that provides state-of-the-art
light microscopy equipment and expertise to enable the diverse and dynamic
research at the Whitehead Institute, MIT and the surrounding biomedical
research institutions. We house a range of turn-key instruments to assist with
imaging a broad range of samples--from bacteria to brains, biochemistry to
organoids and organs. In addition, we
provide microscopy education opportunities for our research community.
Reports To: Microscopy Facility Manager
Assistant assists the Keck Facility manager in core facility operations
including training of users (grad students, post docs, faculty and research
staff), maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment and affiliated software
and peripherals, creating accounts, inventory and ordering of supplies, and
basic image analysis assistance. The Technical
Assistant will perform all duties in accordance with Whitehead Institute's
behavioral standards, mission, values, and vision.
- Provide weekly and regular
maintenance of equipment.
- Provide thorough training to users
(grad students, post docs, faculty research staff) in basic microscopy theory,
practical operation of equipment, fundamentals of image analysis and facility
- Provide as-needed assistance to
- Maintain records of use, training
and equipment maintenance.
- Ensure timely backup of essential
- Maintain proper inventory and order
- Work with Keck manager to perform
as-needed equipment troubleshooting and maintenance and facilitate service and
- Assist in demos and facility tours
- Help prepare, review and revise
written training materials, policies and protocols.
- Remain current with trends,
equipment and software in the field through reading, attending seminars, trade
shows and visits to other core facilities. May attend and participate in one
related national professional conference on an annual basis.
- Other duties, as assigned
- Bachelors or Masters, or equivalent
experience, in biological, chemical or physical sciences, engineering or a
- Have worked on at least one project
using light microscopy
- At least 2 years working within a
biomedical- or microscopy-related research laboratory.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and
the desire to work in a service-orientated environment.
- Strong computer and record keeping
- Strong written and verbal
- Comfortable with troubleshooting and
- Interest in teaching and
- Ability to exercise judgment within
defined practices and techniques.
- Flexibility and willingness to learn
- Ability to work independently under
deadlines with minimal guidance while also working as a team member.
- Ability to be on-time for scheduled
appointments and adapt to unscheduled requests.
- 2-7 years laboratory research
experience with at least 2 of those years working with light microscopy.
- Image analysis and programing
experience highly desired.
- Experience in multiple lab
techniques (>1) and principles of cell biology.
- Experience with training people on
equipment or in a technique.
- Experience with Metamorph, Zeiss ZEN
and Fiji/ImageJ software programs.
Cover letter required.