Columbia University in the City of New York

Associate Research Scientist – ZI Cryo-EM Facility

The Zuckerman Institute seeks an experienced Electron Microscopist as an Associate Research Scientist to support our Cryo-EM facility, equipped with a Titan Krios microscope and Gatan K3 electron detector.

Position Summary

Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (the Zuckerman Institute) brings together world-class researchers from varied scientific disciplines to explore aspects of the mind and brain, through the exchange of diverse ideas and active collaboration. The Zuckerman Institute’s home, the Jerome L. Greene Science Center is a state-of-the-art facility on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus. Situated in the heart of Manhattan in New York City, the Zuckerman Institute houses over 50 laboratories employing a broad range of interdisciplinary and diverse approaches to transform our understanding of the mind and brain. In this highly collaborative and inclusive environment, experimental, computational, and theoretical labs work together to gain critical insights into how the brain develops, performs, endures and recovers.

 

The Zuckerman Institute seeks an experienced Electron Microscopist as an Associate Research Scientist to support our Cryo-EM facility, equipped with a Titan Krios microscope and Gatan K3 electron detector.

 

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining the in-house microscope in excellent working order as well as assisting with the collection of high-quality images. The candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate with users on Cryo-EM focused research projects. 

 

This position provides a highly competitive salary (commensurate with experience and qualifications) and benefits package sponsored by Columbia University.

At the Zuckerman Institute, we are committed to creating a sustainable structure to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Columbia University welcomes and strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented minorities in STEM (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Americans or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, veterans, individuals with disabilities and women (particularly from the above categories).

 

Minimum Qualification

M.D., Ph.D. or doctorate in Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Neuroscience or related STEM field
2+ years of experience in Cryo-EM
Demonstrated proficiency with hands-on Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
Expertise in Cryo-EM data acquisition software
Must be responsible, organized and possess a strong attention to detail
Ability to work independently and also in a team environment
Ability to clearly document issues for service personnel to maintain instruments
Strong communication and interpersonal skills

 

Preferred Qualifications

4+ years of experience in cryo-EM
Firm understanding of the principles of Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
Experience identifying and diagnosing issues with microscopy performance
Experience of calibration, performance testing, electron microscope maintenance
Experience in data collection using Serial EM

 

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

 

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