The Rockefeller University seeks an Optical Engineer to join Bio-Imaging Resource Center. Funded initially by a five-year Beckman Foundation grant to the Rockefeller University, the Optical Engineer will contribute to the development of a new, integrated platform for the acquisition and analysis of data from pre-commercial light-sheet instruments for microscopy on living organisms and cells. The Optical Engineer will work in close collaboration with optical microscopy and image analysis staff, biologists, physicists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, and precision instrumentation fabrication experts in an international and interdisciplinary environment. Responsibilities include maintaining and modifying pre-commercial light sheet microscopes as required and training researchers in their use. As a staff member in the Bio-Imaging Resource Center (BIRC), will liaise between the research scientists, the existing microscopy and image analysis staff, and a new advanced image analyst who will implement deep learning-based approaches to analyze the light-sheet data. The instruments will be built in a dedicated new laboratory space housed on bedrock underneath the existing BIRC laboratory. Light sheet systems to be established will be pre-commercial systems such as the Lattice Light Sheet and MOSAIC systems, using designs kindly provided by the Janelia Research Campus. Additional responsibilities include implementing other pre-commercial systems in due course, as well as executing custom modifications of other BIRC microscopes as required.
Ph.D. or equivalent in optical engineering, physics, biophysics, or related field required. Experience in programming scientific instrumentation, teaching, and training a must. Must have a broad understanding of optical imaging techniques and the ability to build bespoke microscopes or other instruments from scratch. Must have a working knowledge of image and data acquisition, preferably with imaging biological samples. Must be enthusiastic, rigorous, motivated, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Must work well with a team in a service-oriented environment. Must be a self-starter with a proven ability to initiate collaborative projects and to introduce biologists to complex equipment. Must have the ability to establish close networks with colleagues nationwide involved in similar projects as this senior position will involve a significant degree of autonomy.
We offer an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement and a competitive salary. The Rockefeller University is located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, on a 15-acre campus, along the East River (www.rockefeller.edu/views.php).
The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans.
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