[3dem] Microscopy facility job opening

Driks, Adam adriks at luc.edu
Tue Jun 14 15:02:11 PDT 2016

Hi Everyone:
Loyola University Chicago (Stritch School of Medicine) is looking for an experienced person to run our microscopy imaging core. I'd be grateful if you could bring this to the attention of any colleagues who might be interested. Please feel free to contact Ed Campbell (708-216-3385, ecampbell at luc.edu<mailto:ecampbell at luc.edu>), our Facility Director, with any questions.
Thanks very much!
Adam Driks

Job Title

Research Assistant III, HSD

Job Type:


Duties and Responsibilities

The applicant must be able to submit and track equipment usage for billing, order lab supplies and equipment, perform routine maintenance on instruments and schedule service calls for engineers to resolve equipment issues. The ideal candidate with have familiarity with confocal microscopy, so as to train and assist users with diverse background on the use of all imaging core facility instruments and troubleshoot problems as they occur.

Other responsibilities include:

-Performs Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)in accordance with standard operating procedures and accreditation guidelines. Utilizes the ultra microtome, photography of cell/tissue ultra structure, dark room techniques and antibody-antigen reaction staining.
-Conducts established quality control procedures; evaluates the results of quality control testing and implements corrective action according to established protocols to ensure the accuracy and quality of patient testing.
-Participates in the validation of new laboratory methods and procedures.
Collaborates with medical director on the development of policies and
procedures, which enhances EM quality.Performs other duties as assigned by the manager to support the department mission of service to patients and to provide quality diagnostic information.
-Participates in the laboratory's proficiency testing program ensuring that these samples are tested in t he same manner as patient specimens.
-Performs routine maintenance functions to ensure the proper operation of
laboratory equipment. Adjusts parameters to maintain the Electron Microscope in satisfactory working condition. Troubleshoots and corrects minor problems.
-Recognizes and documents problems that may adversely affect test performance or the reporting of results. Identifies, implements and documents corrective action or notifies the shift supervisor, director or manager.
-Evaluates the appropriateness of the sample received; performing critical
processing of specimens to ensure the quality of embedding, sectioning, and
-Utilizes the laboratory information system (LIS) appropriately to enter, evaluate, and verify patient information and or/results. Maintains EM and Immunoflourence database and creates year-end reports and statistics.
-May be assigned Mohs Technician responsibilities as follows: Performing frozen sections on specimens collected by the Mohs surgeons. Prepare Mohs mapping cards, receives, accessions, diagrams, dissects, inks and cryoembeds specimens. Prepares slides for review by the surgeon and stores/archives slides per policy. Performs histology processing including embedding, microtomy and manual/automated staining in accordance with standard operating procedures and accreditation requirements.
-Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Education and/or Work Experience:

Minimum Education:
Required: Bachelors Degree
Strongly Preferred: Masters Degree
Specify Degree(s): Molecular Biology, Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry. Bachelor's prepared candidates must have experience equivalent to a master's program.

Minimum Experience:
Required: 6-10 years of previous job-related experience

List any certificates, credentials or licenses required to perform the duties of this position.

Computer Skills:

Basic Keyboarding Skills


Operational knowledge of transmission electron microscopy (Phillips CM-120 or equivalent) and ultrathin sectioning of tissue preparation for EM TEM analysis. MS or bachelors level degree with certifications in EM (EMSA) and histology (ASCP) necessary for consideration.

-Ability to analyze and interpret data
-Ability to communicate verbally
-Ability to deal calmly and courteously with people
-Ability to deal with stressful situations
-Ability to finish tasks in a timely manner
-Ability to follow oral and written instructions and established procedures
-Ability to function independently and manage own time and work tasks
-Ability to maintain accuracy and consistency
-Ability to maintain confidentiality
-Ability to organize workflow
-Ability to work as an effective team member
-Other: Available to work weekends, holidays, or rotating shifts.

Laboratory ? Certified Electron Microscopy Technologist

Laboratory ? Registered Histotechnologist (ASCP)

Physical Demands and Working Conditions


Maywood-Health Science Division

Department Information



Position Supervisor

Ed Campbell

(Format: xxx-xxx-xxxx)



ecampbell at luc.edu<mailto:ecampbell at luc.edu>

Documents that MUST be attached by the applicant (Required Documents)


Special Instructions to Applicants

Loyola University Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our staff. As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seek candidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver a Transformative Education in the Jesuit tradition.

Information on Loyola as an employer/educator can be found at http://www.luc.edu

For more information on our mission and the university's focus on transformative education in the Jesuit tradition, please visit http://www.luc.edu/mission/mission_vision.shtml

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