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Job Summary

As part of the vital and growing research program at the University of Michigan’s Medical School Office of Research, the Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF) is looking for a motivated and skilled microscopist to lead the BRCF Microscopy Core.

The University of Michigan seeks to become a world leader in microscopy and image analysis—providing centralized access and educational resources to major imaging instrumentation. This role, specifically, will lead the core in providing technology and expertise to researchers in basic and translational science, giving them the ability to visualize structures within cells, tissues, and organs at a higher resolution than ever before. For an overview of the Microscopy Core, please visit:

We have identified three areas of critical investment that are essential to achieve our vision of providing researchers across campus with access to advanced imaging instrumentation, training, and data analysis that will speed the progress of scientific discovery.


This position will be responsible for:


  • Directing the day-to-day operations of the Microscopy Core
  • Assessing and planning for the future growth and direction of imaging needs across areas of service, by evaluating, introducing, and implementing new technology such as super-resolution and light-sheet microscopy
  • Consulting with investigators about experimental design, image analysis and the execution of projects using advanced imaging technology and resources
  • Managing the life cycle of service offerings for the core
  • Working with vendors to negotiate equipment purchases and maintenance contracts
  • Working with BRCF Microscopy Core Faculty Director to enhance service offerings and conduct scientific advisory committee meetings
  • Developing and maintaining standard operating procedures
  • Preparing proposals for equipment grants, which can include both internal and external opportunities (e.g., NIH S10)
  • Representing the core at internal and external seminars and conferences
  • Overseeing and developing a data analysis resource for investigators generating imaging data in the Core
  • Collaborating with other BRCF cores to further promote team science
  • Providing educational seminars and opportunities that enhance the knowledge of MIL to the research community

Human Resources

  • Sourcing, interviewing, and selecting employees, on-boarding and on-going training opportunities, planning and directing core staff schedules, and regularly evaluate productivity and efficiency
  • Working with the BRCF Administration Office to identify and provide  professional development opportunities for staff
  • Creating/sustaining a diverse and inclusive work environment that is effective for team building and morale 

Fiscal Responsibilities

  • Working with the BRCF Administration Office to prepare recharge rates for the core and set annual budgets; monitor metrics to support rates and budgets; take corrective action when required
  • Interfacing with CrossLabs (MiCores) software and University IT to enhance usability, troubleshoot issues, ensure timely & accurate billing and reporting

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in biological sciences with experience in advanced imaging techniques, such-as live-cell imaging, super-resolution microscopy, fluorescence (including 2-Photon), and light-sheet microscopy.

The ideal candidate should also possess excellent communication and organizational skills with the ability to work in a diverse, customer-based, well-supported fee-for-service environment.

Previous managerial experience and ongoing interest in the latest developments in the microscopy field are also desired.

Desired Qualifications*

Additional expertise in transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy is desired.

Additional Information

Michigan Medicine values a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here at 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.