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Imaging Specialist- Larsen Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 11th, 2019
Last review date: Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Friday, Dec 11, 2020 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.


Imaging Specialist- Larsen Lab

An imaging specialist position is available at the University of California, San Francisco. The specialist will join a team that provides support across 3 newly merged microscopy core facilities on the UCSF Mission Bay campus including the Nikon Imaging Center at UCSF, the Center for Advance Multiphoton Microscopy, and the Cardiovascular Research Institute Microscopy Core. These 3 facilities provide access to 14 state-of-the-art microscopes for use by the UCSF community and serve over 400 scientists a year.

The successful candidate will be one of the initial points of contact for users seeking to use the core facility and will be responsible for advising them on the choice of microscope for their experiment, provide training on the microscopes, and assist in troubleshooting. Strong technical knowledge, interpersonal skills, and a commitment to customer service is extremely important. This individual will also be responsible for routine cleaning and maintenance of microscopes, testing of microscope performance, and troubleshooting problems with the microscopes. Within these parameters, the successful candidate will have considerable freedom which could include collaborations with users.

Required Qualifications:
• Specialists appointed at the Associate rank must possess at minimum a master’s degree (or equivalent degree) or at least five years in a laboratory environment.
• Specialists appointed at the full rank must possess a terminal degree (or equivalent degree) or at least ten years in a laboratory environment.
• Previous experience with microscopy
• We are particularly looking for candidates with experience in multiphoton microscopy, programming, or development of microscopy hardware.
• Candidates should have strong organizational skills, be flexible and able to prioritize tasks, have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
• A PhD degree in biology, physics, optics, or a related field.
• Previous experience with equipment maintenance, image analysis and training in a core facility environment is desirable.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Please apply online at, with a CV, cover letter, and two references (contact information only).

Job location

San Francisco, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)