Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Research Associate-EM Core Supervisor in Boston, Massachusetts

Research Associate-EM Core Supervisor

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Job LocationBoston, Massachusetts

Req ID 16857BR

Department Description: This position reports to the Director, Microscopy and Histology

Core Facilities. The EM Core Supervisor will work with

independence, within the guidelines set by the Director, to run

daily operations of the EM Core Facility at BIDMC. The EM Core

Supervisor will use and oversee the electron microscope,

microtomes, vacuum evaporator, high pressure freezer, and

other related microscopy equipment. Training independent users

is an added responsibility as is oversight of instrument use and

fairness, intervening in usage disputes, and organizing and

implementing instrument repairs. The EM Core Supervisor, with

help from the Director, will be responsible for developing new

core services, including cryo­ultramicrotomy and high pressure

freezing, digital EM acquisition and processing, and EM

tomography. They will also participate in the writing and

submission of shared instrument grant applications for new core

equipment. The EM core supervisor will be a resource in electron

microscopy instrumentation and techniques within the BIDMC

and Harvard/Longwood community and participate extensively in

support for EM projects in the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center

(HDDC). Additional responsibilities include the training and direct

supervision of support staff, preparing billing invoices, and


Duties include but are not limited to:

  1. Responsible for consultation with customers concerning the

preparation of tissues/cells for EM analysis.

  1. Responsible for processing or overseeing the processing,

embedding, and sectioning of tissues for EM analysis.

  1. Responsible for oversight and maintenance of the Ultracut E

Ultramicrotome and Ultracut S cryo­ultramicrotome, glass knife

breaker, and Baltec MED 020 vacuum coating system.

  1. Responsible for oversight, customer service, training, and

maintenance of the JEOL 1400 electron microscope.

  1. Responsible for helping to build new core services, such as EM

immunocytochemistry, high pressure freezing/freeze

substitution, and EM tomography by working on the technical

end to develop the needed procedures, protocols, and

preliminary data to ensure success.

  1. Responsible for helping with collecting preliminary data,

editing, assembling, and organizing the submission of shared

instrument grant applications for new core equipment.

  1. Administrative duties include cleaning personal work spaces,

ordering and tracking supplies for the EM core, preparing billings

each month for BIDMC and HDDC core usage, preparing

performance reviews for reporting employees, preparing and

distributing advertising literature for the EM core, and assisting

with the core pricing analysis.Job Location: Boston, MAReq ID: 16857BRJob Summary: Under direction of the principal investigator, works independently performing a wide range of routine and specialized laboratory tests using molecular, cell biology and/or biochemistry techniques. Develops modifications of existing techniques, as appropriate. With advanced knowledge, responsible for a sophisticated level of problem solving, trouble shooting and analysis.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Functions as a principal technical specialist for a research laboratory or for a specific research project. Functions as an internal consultant and as a resource to other labs both internally and externally. Performs and devises specialized tests and research procedures, troubleshooting problems of own and other researchers' results.

  • Conducts broad range of experiments involving advanced technology. Participates in the design of experimental protocols to achieve the objective of the research project.

  • May prioritize work and assign work to lower-level technical personnel. May instruct laboratory techniques and methodology to students and other research personnel. May be involved in complex data analysis and interpretation of results.

  • Collaborates with supervisor in writing and editing materials for publication. May assist in preparing manuscripts and writing abstracts. May write portion(s) of grant application, e.g.: Materials and Methods, or Experimental Design.

  • May present papers at society meetings. Attends conferences and courses, consults with other researchers and participates in professional activities to keep abreast of the latest technological developments as they relate to the research. Evaluates the applicability of these new developments and implements their use in collaboration with the principal collaborator.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required in Life Sciences or related field. Master's degree preferred.

  • 3-5 years related work experience required.

  • Bachelor's degree and four years experience. Or, a Master's degree and two years experience.

  • Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.


  • Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

  • Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  • Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.