First research engineer within correlative light- and electron-microscopy 37 views

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Umeå Core Facility for Electron Microscopy (UCEM) and Biochemical Imaging Centre Umeå (BICU) are two research infrastructures at Umeå University providing state-of-the-art microscopes and equipment including STORM, Cryo-EM, Spinning disk and Dual Beam-SEM. Together, the facilities form one of the nodes in the VR-funded National Microscopy Infrastructure (NMI). The node in Umeå is specialized in combinations of light- and electron microscopy, so-called correlative microscopy.
The NMI node in Umeå now seeks a first research engineer to be recruited for a technical service function responsible for correlative microscope methods, to guide the facility’s users and to be responsible for the daily operation of microscopes and preparation equipment.

The employment is limited to 3 months. Start date September 1st 2019, or by agreement.




Work tasks

The position means that you will provide researchers with expert advice in the planning and implementation of correlative microscope experiments, preparation of samples, mainly in medical and biological research areas.
The tasks include responsibility for the maintenance of the instruments and the development of methods, independent planning and implementation of analyzes, evaluation of data and summary in reports.
You will maintain and monitor the daily use of fluorescence and electron microscopes, as well as serve as a contact between the users, the facility and the instrument vendor’s service technician.
You must be able to take responsibility for technical development, as well as user training and service within the platform.


You have a PhD in engineering, science or medicine.
You have extensive interest, theoretical knowledge and practical experience of a combination of fluorescence and electron microscopy as well as fluorescence and atomic force microscopy.
The work requires experience from both fluorescence and electron microscopic methodology, e.g. sample preparation for TEM, analysis and 3D image processing. Excellent computer skills, software experience of 3D reconstruction and tomography are particularly meritorious.
You are well-organized, a good team player, and appreciate working in a group.
Good ability to communicate in English both in speech and in writing is required.
You take your own initiative and can independently take responsibility for experimental work and presentation of results.

Other desired qualifications

We are looking for a person who is efficient, educational and service minded. Great emphasis is placed on technical skills and experience with correlative microscopic work in cell biology, as well as laboratory work with various molecular biology methods. Experience with other microscopic techniques is meriting, especially FIB-SEM and cryo-EM, AFM or super-resolution fluorescence microscopy.

Instructions for the application

The application should contain; a personal letter with motivation, CV, publication list and other support that reinforce your suitability for the position, in particular documented experience of correlative microscopy.
Also include the names and contact details of two reference persons.

Further information is provided by Dr. Richard Lundmark, BICU Director, + 46- (0) 70-620 2464, mailto:richard. or Dr. Linda Sandblad, UCEM Director, +46 (0) 70 9324936, mailto:

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