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Rockefeller University Research Support Specialist | Electron Microscopy Resource Center in New York, New York

Organization Overview

The Electron Microscopy Resource Center (EMRC) is one of the University's scientific core facilities,providing expert electron microscopy services and training to researchers at The Rockefeller University and neighboring institutions. The EMRC provides state of the art electron microscopy support for analysis of a wide variety of biological samples,including virus,bacteria,insects,animal tissue as well as cultured cell and isolated cellular components for structural analyses or immuno-electron microscopy. The EMRC has two transmission electron microscopes (JEM1400 Plus,ThermoFisher FEI TECNAI G2) and a scanning electron microscope (Zeiss Leo1550). The JEM1400 Plus and TECNAI G2 have cryo-EM,tomography,and montage capability. In addition,the JEM1400 plus has scanning function (STEM) and Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) capabilities. The LEO 1550 has a backscatter detector in addition to In-lens and SE2 detectors. The Merlin is equipped with a field-emission electron gun equipped with Gatan 3View and STEM. The EMRC also offers cryo-EM preparation using cryo-plungers or High Pressure Freezing and Freeze Substitution units.


We seek a meticulous and detail-oriented Research Specialist to join our Electron Microscopy Resource Center (EMRC), who enjoys working in an intellectually rich and multi-disciplinary environment.


Reporting to the Director of the EMRC, the Research Support Specialist will:

  • Perform specimen preparation, including fixation, resin embedding, negative staining, ultrathin sectioning, and immunolabeling

  • Operate the microscopes and associated equipment

  • Train users

  • Consult with scientists on the design of experiments, data processing/analysis, interpretation of results

  • Inform users about the latest methodologies through familiarity with relevant literature

  • Participate in all of EMRC daily operations, including:

  • Maintenance and upkeep of the electron microscopes, associated equipment, and laboratory space

  • Ordering supplies

  • Administrative tasks, such as center billing



  • Master's degree required, Ph.D. degree preferred

  • Educational emphasis in biology, bioengineering or a related field

  • A minimum of five years of hands-on experience in electron microscopy, including biological sample preparation, ultramicrotomy, immuno-electron microscopy, image analysis, andinterpretation

  • Ability to produce high-quality EM samples and images

  • Affinity for tasks requiring fine motor skills

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team as well as independently on a wide variety of research projects

  • Ability to manage time efficiently, complete tasks on time, and to adapt to unscheduled requests

  • Detail-oriented, focused, and highly motivated

  • A strong background in computation and image acquisition/analysis programs (SerialEM, Image J) would be a plus

Please include a cover letter when applying

The Rockefeller University does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the characteristics listed above.

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on various factors, including but not limited to organizational budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The hiring range provided represents The Rockefeller University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Compensation Range: Min

USD $70,000.00/Yr.

Compensation Range: Max

USD $90,000.00/Yr.

Job Locations US-NY-New York

Category Science

Position Type Regular Full-Time