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Nikon Imaging Center - Imaging Specialist

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The Nikon Imaging Center at the University of California, San Francisco seeks an imaging specialist to work with the director of the center in maintaining the day to day operations of the center. The Nikon Imaging Center at UCSF (NIC@UCSF) is a partnership between Nikon Instruments, UCSF, and a number of other vendors that provides eight state-of-the-art microscopes for use by the UCSF community. These microscopes are used by approximately 300 scientists a year and contribute data to approximately 40 publications a year. To learn more, see our website:

The successful candidate will be the initial point of contact for users seeking to use the NIC and will be responsible for advising them on the choice of microscope for their experiment and will provide training on the microscopes. The candidate should be sufficiently knowledgeable about microscopy and biology to advise newcomers to microscopy about the appropriate microscopes to use, given their experimental requirements and constraints. 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 NIC users.


A PhD degree in biology, physics, optics, or a related field is required (at the time of hire) as is previous experience with light microscopy. Previous experience with equipment maintenance and training in a core facility environment is desirable. We are particularly looking for candidates with experience in biophysics, programming, or development of microscopy hardware.

Appointees in the Specialist series will be expected to engage in specialized research, professional activities and do not have teaching responsibilities. Specialists are expected to use their professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions, and may participate in University and Public Service. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Salary will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training.

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.

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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)