Summary of Duties: The position of Research Operations Scientist is directly responsible for managing parts of the College of Arts and Sciences' Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center (FMIC) at Washington State University and to provide access to confocal laser scanning microscopy and electron and light microscopy instrumentation. Instrumentation includes transmission and scanning electron microscopes; confocal scanning laser microscopes and all ancillary equipment. The current staff positions include: one (1) Clinical Assistant Professor, one (1) Electron Microscope Technician level 3; one (1) graduate teaching assistant; one (1) undergraduate teaching assistant one ( 1) fiscal specialist II and 1 or 2 undergraduate work-study students when funding permits. Duties would include monitoring for the safe and efficient daily operation of the facility; training and supporting the staff and users of the facility in current and advanced confocal microscopy procedures and in analyzing specialized protocols for difficult projects such as fluorescent fingerprinting, fluorescence lifetime imaging, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching, splitting overlapping spectra by time gating etc. The Research Operations Scientist will teach investigators operation of these techniques on a one on one basis in the FMIC and its satellite locations like the confocal located in the Institute of Biological Chemistry building, across campus. Primary duty is to increase usage of sophisticated and complex confocal based technologies.
In addition the position includes to be trained and to become the principle operator of high end electron microscopes at the Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL). This includes operation of a liquid helium cryo transmission electron microscope, a dynamic transmission electron microscope, and an environmental transmission electron microscope. These instruments will be part of an advanced access system called PREMIER Network (Pooled Resources for Electron Microscopy Informatics Education and Research Network). Due to the complexity of these instruments, investigators can usually not operate them on their own without extended training sessions. In order to accelerate access and to increase interaction with PNNL, the Research Operations Scientists' duties will include to occasionally travel with researchers to PNNL to operate the instruments while the investigator helps to identify areas on the sample to be studied.
The position would provide technical consultation for faculty and investigators with experimental research projects involving confocal and electron microscopy equipment. The FMIC is a recharge facility and duties will include service work in the areas of both electron and light microscopy to be performed as needed on a per sample basis. Maintenance, troubleshooting and communication with service representatives of confocal and electron microscopes makers will be an integral of the position.
Functioning directly under the authority of the FMIC Director the duties of Research Operations Scientist may also include supporting the academic courses with special attention given to the laboratory portion. Teach lecture and laboratory sessions in Microscopy as necessary with the supervision of the director. Assisting with the facilities billing, inventory, and financial records will also be required.
Required Qualifications: A Masters degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and four (4) years of progressively responsible related professional research experience. A PhD in a scientific or engineering field may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required work experience.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.
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