Director of Microscopy Operations

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (St. Jude)


We are looking for an expert scientist in microscopy to assist faculty, postdoctoral researchers, staff, and collaborators in advance microscopy techniques and methodologies, as well as routine maintenance of the instrumentation infrastructure. The Director of Microscopy Operations will consult on the development, evaluation, and performance of studies that support the goals and objectives of the Cell and Molecular Biology department. This person may manage quality control, competency assessment, proficiency testing, regulatory requirements, and instrument maintenance and will serve as a resource to others in advance microscopy techniques and methodologies, including tissue analysis and live cell imaging, FRET, FLIM, FRAP, FCS and TIRF, as well as routine maintenance of the instrumentation infrastructure. Other activities include assessing diverse situations, considering alternatives, and choosing or recommending appropriate courses of action, such as the introduction of new approaches and technologies for new instrumentation to the department. Preparation of manuscripts and grant applications, and presentation of the research at in-house and national meetings.

Scientist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital know what they can achieve brightest scientific ideas. That’s why we provide world-class facilities, state-of-the-art technologies, extraordinary support and a collaborative, bench-to-bedside environment where everyone can see, firsthand, how the science translates into survival for the children we serve. Quite simply, at St. Jude, we encourage you to dream big, and we give scientists and researchers everything needed to be the force behind our cures.


The Director of Microscopy Operations will be involved in the following activities:

  • Responsible for working with all principal investigators in designing, directing and executing scientific research strategies and projects.
  • Displays theoretical and practical knowledge of instruments and technology used in the department.
  • Responsible for development of new techniques and approaches in biophysics using cutting edge imaging and other technology, including applications for super-resolution imaging and 3-dimensional reconstruction and single
    molecule fluorescence.
  • Keeps abreast of developing and emerging technology and makes recommendations for future purchase.
  • Trains others in the department regarding use of equipment, technologies, preparation of specimens and other
    similar needs.
  • Develops and evaluates the operating procedures for the imaging facility.
  • Provides guidance for faculty and staff in developing protocols using imaging techniques. 
  • Aligns work and objectives to ensure the successful management of assigned technology.
  • Assumes personal responsibility for ongoing continuing education and professional development.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned in order to meet the goals and objectives of the department and the institution.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant scientific are is required.
  • PhD. is highly prefered. 
  • Relevant and productive experience in biophysics or imaging technology is ideal.

Minimum Experience

  • Ten (10) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required
  • Eight (8) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a Master’s degree
  • Six (6) years of relevant post-degree work experience is required with a PhD.
  • Management experience is required.

COVID-19 vaccine:

As of September 10, 2021, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious accommodation, as a condition of employment.

EEO Statement:  St. Jude is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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