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Head of Transmission Electron Microscopy Core

The National Eye Institute is seeking a skilled electron microscopist familiar with ocular anatomy to lead a TEM facility serving the NEI’s intramural research program on the NIH campus in Bethesda Maryland. We are seeking applicants with exceptional skills in transmission electron microscopy, excellent interpersonal skills and the desire to advance their career by providing ultrastructural data for an array of cutting-edge projects in vision research.  

Applicants should be proficient in tissue dissection, fixation and embedding methods for ultrastructural studies and preparation of semi-thin (light microscopy) and ultrathin-sections (transmission electron microscopy). They should have proficiency in processing a variety of samples including ocular tissue samples (animal and human), cultured cells and organoids. Successful candidates will have expertise in the day-to-day operation of a transmission electron microscope, collection of TEM images, and ability to trouble shoot problems related to sample preparation and scope operation. They should be comfortable with the management of all aspects of TEM lab operation including, preparation of buffers, fixatives, solvents, resins, meticulous record keeping skills and proficiency with sample tracking methods. This position requires rigorous attention to safety regulations and the maintenance of a safe laboratory environment. Applicants should have the ability to maintain high throughput (6-8 samples / week) without sacrificing quality and the ability to work unsupervised and willingness to work collaboratively in a team to improve the design and execution of ultrastructural studies. They should also have enthusiasm for supervising and training scientific staff and trainees in “best practices” for TEM sample preparation and ultrastructural interpretation. Successful candidates will have familiarity with normal and pathological ultrastructural characteristics and interpretation and analysis of TEM data and a commitment to identify and promote innovations in the field of electron microscopy (FIB-SEM, serial block face) to enhance NEI research capabilities.    

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The position provides generous scientific resources and health benefits. U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

Interested candidates should submit their CV and the names and contact information of three references to: Robert Fariss Ph.D., Chief, NEI Biological Imaging Core, at

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Last updated: March 31, 2023