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Associate Director, Neuroscience Microscopy Service Center

Istock, Stanford Neurosciences Instiute

Associate Director, Neuroscience Microscopy Service Center

Research – 4947- Grade J


The Cell Sciences Imaging Facility (CSIF) seeks an Associate Director of Advanced Neuroscience Imaging for its Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Microscopy Service.


The CSIF is a university-wide imaging center that provides high resolution, state-of-the-art imaging technologies and visualization-analysis software for multidimensional analysis of cells and tissue. The facility operates 3 interdependent microscopy facilities on Stanford University’s campus: the Beckman Center CSIF, The Shriram Center CSIF, and the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Microscopy Service.


The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Microscopy Service (NMS) Associate Director will be responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the NMS’s long-range objectives as well as providing day-to-day operations.  This is a fast paced, multi-faceted position for an accomplished microscopist-neuroscientist who seeks to operate and develop an advanced neuro-focused microscopy user facility.  Primary users will be researchers from the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.


The Associate Director will oversee operation and management of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Microscopy Services service center covering the following components:

(1) User training and support - training facility users in the correct and safe use of facility instrumentation and application of imaging methods as required by experiment.

 (2) Advanced imaging - training and supporting users in advanced imaging techniques and technologies, including light sheet microscopy of cleared tissues, deep tissue multi-photon microscopy, deconvolution, electrophysiology coupled imaging, and live cell and animal imaging.

(3) Research Design and Participation - consultation with users in the design of experiments involving advanced, quantitative light microscopy methods as listed above.  Research, develop and implement advanced microscopy techniques that are useful to the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute’s research community.

(4) Image processing and quantitative data analysis support.

(5) Facility Maintenance - maintain the functionality and calibration of facility microscopes and ancillary equipment. Arrange for and oversee routine maintenance and repair of facility instrumentation.

(6) Data Collection and Presentation - collecting and managing data collected on facility instrumentation, helping to prepare data for publication and presentation.

(7) Training and educational components - develop short talks, web pages, etc. as well as organize seminars and workshops.

(8) Teaching - Biological Light Microscopy course (8 weeks) with CSIF director and faculty.

(9) Facility management - basic business accounting and reporting, monthly billing routines.  Create strategic plans for future facilities needs in consultation with faculty and Wu Tsai leadership. Work with IT group to manage workstations and server.

(10) Write shared instrumentation grant proposals to fund replacements and upgrades of NMS instrumentation.


* - Other duties may also be assigned.



  • Advanced degree MS or PhD degree in neuroscience, biology or biomedical research with at least 2 years relevant experience supporting advanced imaging technologies, preferably in a user facility.
  • Fluorescence light microscopy experience in a core/facility environment.
  • Live animal handling and intravital imaging.
  • Tissue preparation and histology experience.
  • Tissue cell culture experience and sterile culture techniques.
  • BSL2 imaging experience.



  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience including expert knowledge in both the theory and practice of advanced biological light microscopy imaging including but not limited to confocal, light sheet, deconvolution, multiphoton, and live cell imaging. This requires an advanced understanding of light microscope function and design and a wide-ranging knowledge of molecular, cellular, and whole organism anatomy and function, especially those related to the common model organisms used by the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute research community.



  • Understanding of academic research facility needs.
  • General background in a discipline related to the work of specific lab(s).

Including -  advanced, quantitative light microscopy (e.g. confocal, light sheet, multi-photon, and super resolution).

Image analysis and processing software experience (> 2years) (e.g. PE Volocity, Bitplane Imaris, SVI Huygens, Matlab, FIJI - but not necessarily all).

Fluorescence based immunohistochemistry labeling.

In vivo imaging.


  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple large budgets.
  • Knowledge and experience in managing facilities, operations, maintenance, space, and equipment administration in a research or teaching setting.
  • Excellent communication and customer services skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects in a complex and technical environment.
  • Familiarity with health and safety compliance regulations.



  • Frequently stand, walk, twist, bend, stoop, squat, grasp lightly, use fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, write by hand, lift, carry, push and pull objects weighing over 40 pounds.
  • Occasionally sit, kneel, crawl, reach and work above shoulders, sort and file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely climb, scrub, sweep, mop, chop and mix or operate hand and foot controls.
  • Must have correctible vision to perform duties of the job.
  • Ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surfaces for up to eight hours.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work in a dusty, dirty, and odorous environment.


* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.



  • Position requires constant seeing, adjusting focus, touching/feeling, keying, grasping, talking, hearing, handling, reading, writing, reasoning, communicating, and working inside.



  • May at times be required to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present. Specific hazards include, but are not limited to, chemicals, pesticides, and solvents, allergens, blood bourn pathogens.
  • May require work in an environment where animals are used for teaching and research.
  • May be exposed to radiation or electromagnetic fields.
  • Must perform tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses and shoes, protective clothing and gloves, etc.
  • May work extended or unusual work hours due to research or project requirements and peak work cycles. After hours on-call availability required.



  • Candidate must be able to work a flexible schedule based on research needs & deadlines. Must be able to work independently, must be customer oriented and be able to interact with multiple researchers (RAs, undergrads, postdocs, PIs , MDs) daily. 



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.