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Biological Imaging Development Center Imaging Specialist

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 11th, 2017
Last review date: March 8th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: June 11th, 2019
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.


The Biological Imaging Development Center at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is a collaborative core facility that focuses technology development and implementing emerging light microscopy techniques. The BIDC is equipped with state of the art imaging systems, including Nikon and Zeiss multiphoton and confocal microscopes and several homebuilt multiphoton systems designed for live-animal imaging.

We seek an imaging specialist at the Junior, Assistant, Associate or Full rank to support daily operations and continue to advance current technologies. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicants experience and training. The specialist will work with the director to develop image acquisition, automation, and analysis software, as well as assist in the maintenance, repair, and operation of microscopes. This position requires direct interaction with researchers including training, assisting, and troubleshooting as needed. This individual will work under the direct supervision of the director and will also receive mentoring and direct guidance from the principal investigator in order to advance their career in academic research. Additional responsibilities include bookkeeping, ordering, maintaining stocks of necessary supplies, and performing other duties as assigned.

Specialists appointed at the junior rank must have a bachelor degree in biological or computer sciences, engineering or a related field or at least four years of research experience. Specialists appointed at the Assistant or Associate rank at minimum must have a master’s degree or at least five years of research experience. A doctorate degree or at least 10 years of research experience is required at the Full rank. Experience in programming (MATLAB, Java, C++), as well as the ability and willingness to learn to use and teach others to use complex scientific equipment is required. Software development experience with an emphasis on system automation and image analysis is preferred. Experience in fluorescence microscopy, sample preparation, as well as training in optics and biology are beneficial but training will be provided.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue as needed throughout the recruitment period. Please apply online at

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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San Francisco, CA




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