Microscopy Core, Operations Manager (Dorris Neuroscience Center)

Scripps Research



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POSITION TITLE:  Microscopy Core, Operations Manager (Dorris Neuroscience Center) 


A position is available to manage the Imaging Core in the Dorris Neuroscience Center at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.  The candidate will train, assist, and supervise users of high-end imaging equipment, including sample preparation, experimental design, and various imaging modalities (widefield, confocal, TIRF, super-resolution, dissection). The candidate will be responsible for software training, maintenance, and administration of the core, as well as creating macros for automated multi-dimensional acquisition. This person will maintain the Core imaging equipment in working condition, interfacing with vendor service personnel as needed. Computer administration skills are needed, but not necessarily programming skills. Knowledge of diverse image analysis software and appropriate ethical image manipulation strategies are required. The candidate will also support individual lab needs with their imaging equipment and maintain other core and lab equipment in working order, interfacing with service repair personnel as needed. Strong communication skills are necessary. 


Train users in confocal microscopy and other imaging modalities.
Create and optimize automated multi-parameter acquisition macros (JOBS).
Troubleshoot and maintain all microscopes in the Dorris Neuroscience Center.
Assist in imaging/experimental design/image analysis.
Maintain offline analysis computers and software.
Clean microscopes and microscopy facilities.
Coordinate with microscope service personnel for maintenance visits/training/service.
Coordinate with IT for computer installation and troubleshooting.
Miscellaneous support for the core and Dorris Neuroscience labs as needed.

Requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been attained.
Requires a minimum of 5 years’ experience.
Candidates possessing a master’s degree, 3+ years’ experience required.
Experience working with different types of microscopes and different imaging modalities. 
Experience training people in using microscopes and image analysis software. 
Must be highly organized, effective at multitasking, skilled at time management, and have excellent communication skills.  
COMPENSATION: The expected hiring range for this position is $77,200 to $96,500 per year, commensurate with experience. Consideration will be given to experience that exceeds the listed requirements.


Eligibility for retirement plans with employer contribution.
Full suite of Health and Welfare plans including three medical plan options (including an HSA available option), dental, vision, life insurance, disability, EAP and more.
Access to Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical/Dependent Care).
Remote/Hybrid/Flexible work schedules (Dependent on role).
Competitive vacation and sick leave policies.
Free, on-site Counseling Center which provides confidential counseling services to benefits-eligible employees and their family members.
Free, on-site parking. 
The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms.  The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice.   Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff. 

 EEO Statement:
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.




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