Posted: Jan 13, 2022

Electron Microscopy Laboratory Specialist

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
Application Deadline: Feb 3, 2022
Staff Scientist

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


The Microscopy Laboratory, as part of the Medical School's Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) within the Office of Research, provides centralized access & expertise and major imaging instrumentation to investigators at the University of Michigan. The facility is currently comprised of three locations and houses major light microscopes, SEM, TEM and infrastructure for light and electron microscopy sample preparation.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


Manage all aspects of user projects including experimental design, sample preparation, imaging, and data presentation and analysis.  Consult with and train facility users to perform SEM and TEM experiments.

Perform conventional TEM and SEM sample processing of fixed biological samples (cells and tissues) with standard protocols or at times less standardized methods.  Perform London resin white immuno TEM sample preparation and immunogold labeling of fixed biological samples.

Cut semi-thin and ultra-thin resin sections

Train users to acquire TEM and SEM images using the JEOL JEM 1400 Plus TEM and the Zeiss EVO 15 Lab6 SEM housed in the facility

Required Qualifications*

BS or MS in life or physical sciences.
4 or more years of relevant post degree experience.
Experience with conventional TEM and SEM sample preparation.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with ability to work in a diverse customer-based fee-for-service environment. 
Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and solve problems.
Detail-oriented, willingness to learn new skills, and ability work both independently and as a member of a team. 
Ability to work safely with chemical & biological agents.

Additional Information

Michigan Medicine values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here at the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF), our dedication to customer service is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. It is central to our mission as an institutional resource to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.