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Cryo-EM Senior Research Associate

In 2018, CEMAS will install a Thermo Fisher Scientific Glacios cryo-TEM with a direct electron detector as well as a Titan Krios fitted with a K3 Bioquantum phase plates, and a spherical aberration corrector. At CEMAS, we are invested in the convergence of physical and life sciences and are seeking enthusiastic scientists to join our team.

Position Description

CEMAS has an opening for a Cryo-EM Senior Research Associate to initiate and lead Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) research and development efforts in the area of cryo-electron microscopy. This position will coordinate, design, and conduct experiments for various research projects and CEMAS microscopy users and services. This position will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of faculty and scientists within CEMAS, at The Ohio State University, and within external research institutions to meet objectives and reporting requirements.

This person will function as a subject matter expert or technical consultant on one or more phases of related project(s) including but not limited to sample preparation, data collection, and data analysis. This position will interact with users to ensure the setup of data collection is according to project needs, evaluates quality of data obtained by users, prepares TEM specimens, operates transmission electron microscopes of cryo-specimens, and screens cryo-ETM specimens for suitability in structure research. This position will conduct assessment prior to data collections, including but not limited to performing preliminary image data quality, loading samples, and tuning microscopes.

In addition, this position will oversee and maintain cryo-transmission electron microscopes and ancillary related equipment at highest performance levels, which requires interfacing with Engineering Technology Services (ETS) for support to ensure optimal data collection, storage and data processing as needed. This position will develop workflows for efficient and high end data collection, as well as perform research in single particle and tomography studies, in particular contributing to technique developments using advanced technologies including phase plates and image aberration correction. This position will supervise research support staff. This position will provide guidance on new scientific directions that could have an impact on improving services provided by the facility, as well as contribute to technique developments using advanced technologies including phase plates and image aberration correction. In addition, this position will contribute to increasing the structural biology scientific expertise of the Center by publishing high-impact research papers and establishing academic collaborations, including writing or editing and approving progress reports, technical reports and/or journal articles.

Required Qualifications

PhD in a relevant field of science or engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience; extensive experience in cryo-TEM including sample preparation, single particle cryo-EM workflow and/or cryo electron tomography; extensive experience in an engineering research capacity; experience in a progressively responsible administrative capacity; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to work dynamically in a diverse team environment; experience supervising technical support personnel.

Desired Qualifications

Hands on experience operating FEI Titan Krios microscope and FEI Glacios microscope (or equivalent); experience with computational image processing and analysis of cryo-EM images.

How To Apply

For more information, including application instructions, please visit The Ohio State University Job Site.


Cryo-EM Research Associate 2

Position Description

researcher performing sample preparationCEMAS has an opening for a Cryo-EM Research Associate 2 – Engineer to perform multidisciplinary research in Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). This position will perform basic functions and activities involved in defined functions related to cryo-transmission electron microscopes and users. This position will prepare TEM specimens, operate electron microscopes of cryo-specimens, and screen cryo-TEM specimens for suitability in structure research. This position will conduct assessments prior to data collections, including but not limited to performing preliminary image data quality, loading samples, and tuning microscopes. This position will also assist with oversight and maintenance of cryo-transmission electron microscopes and ancillary related equipment. This position will participate and support research in single particle and tomography studies utilizing cryo-transmission electron microscopes and specimens, as well as write or edit/approve progress reports, technical reports and/or journal articles. 

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in engineering or a relevant field of science or an equivalent combination of education and experience; considerable experience in cryo-TEM; ability to translate, adapt and apply academic and/or practical knowledge to the conduct of engineering research; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to work dynamically in a diverse team environment.

Desired Qualifications

A doctoral degree in a relevant field of science or engineering or an equivalent combination of education and experience; experience in an engineering research capacity; ability to independently meet research goals, solve problems, and develop scientific ideas; experience in single particle cryo-EM workflow and cryo electron tomography; hands on experience operating FEI Titan Krios microscope and FEI Glacios microscope (or equivalent).

How To Apply

For more information, including application instructions, please visit The Ohio State University Job Site.


Post Doctoral Researcher

CEMAS is embarking on an exciting venture with the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RX) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, Ohio to establish a platform for long-term research collaboration in electron microscopy.  The objective is to catalyze innovation in materials research by driving the connection between the future “needs” of AFRL/RX and the future “possibilities” as CEMAS pushes the boundaries of advanced electron microscopy. To accomplish this, CEMAS is seeking three outstanding Post Doctoral Researchers (PDRs) who are U.S. Citizens and experts in electron microscopy for advanced materials characterization.  The PDRs will be embedded in the research groups at AFRL/RX and will have a faculty advisor at CEMAS.  The PDRs will act as the conduit to bring the “state-of-the-art” in materials characterization to address the challenges identified in the research groups at AFRL/RX.  The PDRs will have a CEMAS faculty advisor who will play a key role in mentoring the PDRs to develop new and innovative approaches to tackle these problems fully utilizing the instruments available at AFRL, in the Materials Characterization Facility (MCF), as well as the world-leading facilities at CEMAS. 

To read more about the program, please click here.

Position Description

researcher loading sample into microscopeThe Post Doctoral Researchers (PDRs) will participate in planning, design, and execution of research projects in a broad set of activities across several scientific disciplines. They will perform complex experiments and perform research in an area of considerable scope and complexity, ranging from soft to hard materials, in which existing theory or methods may be limited or lacking. These positions will perform High-Resolution Electron Microscopy, High-Resolution Chemical Mapping, Focused Ion Beam Microscopy, Optical Microscopy, and/or Electron/X-ray Tomography. The PDRs will perform sample preparation, as well as collect, analyze, and interpret research data. In addition, these positions will assist in preparing progress and final research reports, and present data findings at scientific meetings. 

Additional Information: The PDRs will spend majority (60-70%) of time working in research teams at WPAFB and the remaining time at CEMAS; therefore this position requires frequent travel between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio.

Required Qualifications

Doctoral Degree in materials science or relevant field of science or engineering; ability to comply with export control regulations and handle confidential information and data; advanced knowledge and experience with electron microscopes; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to work dynamically in a diverse team environment; ability to translate, adapt, and apply academic and/or practical knowledge. Please note that pursuant to a government contract, this specific position requires U.S. citizenship status.

Desired Qualifications

A broad background and interest in interdisciplinary science; ability to apply fundamental concepts and techniques developed in one discipline to a variety of (and perhaps incompletely defined) problems traditionally associated with other disciplines.

How To Apply

For more information, including application instructions, please visit The Ohio State University Job Site.