Job: Microscope Specialist

Department: BSE – Biosphere Sciences & Engineering

Salary: 70,000.00

Location: Pasadena, CA

The Division of Biosphere Sciences and Engineering (BSE) at the Carnegie Institution for Science, a non-profit world-class research institution, is seeking candidates for a Microscope Specialist position in the McFall-Ngai and Ruby labs, currently residing at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. This is a full-time position


The labs study the association between a marine animal and its bacterial symbiont, a system whose study requires quality microscopy. The labs are seeking an individual with expertise to manage and maintain a Zeiss 900 confocal microscope, as well as other microscopy facilities in the labs. The responsibilities would include the maintenance of the equipment and the training of users of a Zeiss 900 confocal microscope, as well as the other microscopes.

Essential Requirements:

  • Deep knowledge of confocal microscopy for the imaging of biological structures
  • Hands-on experimental skills and experience with the acquisition of complex confocal images and with optical microscopy and other microscopy methods for the study of biological systems (e.g., bright-field, dark-field, fluorescence)
  • Practical expertise in image processing with commercial software, such as Imaris and ImageJ. Expertise in advanced image analytics
  • Excellent communication and writing skills; ability to work seamlessly with a multidisciplinary and diverse team; evidence of inventive work and innovative problem solving; excellent attention to detailĀ  and ability to maintain accurate records
  • Minimum education requirements: MS degree or equivalent in biological sciences

Preferred Experience:

  • At least 1-2 publications where confocal microscopy was a central component
  • Experience in scanning and transmission electron microscopy
  • Experience in confocal immunocytochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridization

To Apply:

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, and CV by clicking on the “Apply Now” button below.

Carnegie Science offers competitive benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, and provides flexible work schedule options along with a collegial research atmosphere in a collaborative organization.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.

The Carnegie Institution is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other protected group status.