Senior research technologist (Light Microscopy), Office of the Provost



Job title:

Senior research technologist (Light Microscopy)


Key functional tasks

1.   Serves as a team leader for research technologists and supervises their research and service activities;

2.   Conducts, organizes and supervises research users on the confocal microscopes and flow cytometers/cell sorter;

3.   Organizes technical assistance for researchers, students and third party organizations;

4.   Participates in the selection and hiring of Research Technologists;

5.   Leads in performance evaluation of supervised employees and ensures their professional development by organizing advanced trainings;

6.   Analyzes laboratory’s demand for in confocal microscopic/cell sorting facility equipment, consumables, and reagents, based on consumption;

7.   Plans and executes a roadmap for the equipment maintenance, upgrade, and addition, as well as overall development of facility;

8.   Provides training and consultation for new users of the equipment;

9.   Plans, organizes and performs corrective and preventive maintenance on facility equipment;

10. Supervises diagnostics, provides and organizes repairing of the equipment hardware;

11. Facilitates and participates in collaboration with the University faculty and staff;

12. Coordinates emergency response in emergency situations involving the safety of people and equipment;

13. Oversees preparation of technical documents, reports, and other documents related to the equipment use and maintenance;


Business trips:




Masters or Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in natural science (biology, biotechnology, biomedical disciplines).


Desired professional experience (duration, sphere, and other)

–   Experience of scientific and organizational work for at least 1 year in the confocal/cell imaging laboratory;

–   3 year experience working with automated and confocal microscopic software;

–   1 year experience working with fluorescent activated cell sorter;

–   Co-authorship of not less than 3 Scopus-indexed publications in the peer-reviewed journals containing results with life-cell/confocal imaging, and flow cytometry/cell sorting and its descriptions.    


Professional knowledge and personal qualities

–   Knowledge of scientific challenges, features and abilities of high-throughput automated, confocal and super-resolution microscopy and directions of its development;

–   Willingness and ability to learn new information and updates related to the equipment functioning;

–   Knowledge of conditions of image recording  on a microscope under different modes and for different types of specimens;

–   Ability to understand and interpret results of microscopic imaging and analyzes;

–   Ability to perform and maintain confocal microscopes alignment;

–   Knowledge of the sample preparation and requirements for different types of specimens (live cell imaging, analysis of fixed specimens) for confocal microscopy;

–   Knowledge of flow cytometry and cell sorting technology;

–   Ability to perform and maintain flow cytometer/cell sorter (Influx) primary alignment and run cell sorting;

–   Be familiar with the consumables for microscopy and flow cytometry equipment procurement procedures;

–   Knowledge on the fundamental safety regulations on confocal microscopes and flow cytometers/cell sorters;

–   Analytical skills and ability to resolve technical problems;

–   Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills;

–   Ability to work independently and as team member;

–   Ability to effectively mentor and train junior team members;

–   Demonstrated competence in research techniques and methodologies

–   Ability to identify problems and develop solutions

–   Strong leadership skills.


Proficiency in languages, including state language, (list of languages)

Proficiency in English (with good understanding of technical literature) and mandatory – knowledge of light (confocal) microscopy and fluorescent activated cell sorting terminology.


Computer skills:

High degree of computer literacy including its maintenance and repairing

Advanced user of ImageJ/Fiji software


Final date of CV submission:

Until filled