Job Openings - Microscopist

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Wed May 16 15:09:34 EST 2001


Fixed-Term (Life Sciences Department)


The Microscopist will provide technical expertise to a three-year 
project to develop a microscopic imaging facility for the public, 
including museum visitors, students, teachers and Internet users, 
to view a variety of living specimens via video and the Internet. The 
facility will utilize the highest quality optics and state-of-the-art 
microscopic techniques and provide a unique experience for the 
general public to interact with the technology and tools used by 
biomedical researchers. The project will require extensive inter-
organizational and external collaborations with research facilities, 
equipment and software companies, teachers and curriculum 
developers, and media technology developers. The Microscopist 
will work collaboratively with the Exploratorium's Life Sciences staff 
and report to the Life Sciences Area Manager.  


* Design and develop approaches for presentation of living 
specimens to the public in an accessible and comprehensible 

* Design and develop hardware and software interface systems to 
enable public to easily use laboratory grade microscopes  

* Work closely with technical experts at equipment and software 
companies to develop design and technical options that enhance 
the project's success  

* Oversee fabrication of all necessary technical hardware for visitor 
interfaces, and work collaboratively with software developers to 
implement software designs  

* Work collaboratively with the Visitor Research & Evaluation 
Department to incorporate visitor feedback in the development 

* Maintain and operate microscopes during the development phase  


* BS degree in biological sciences with a focus in microscopy, 
advanced degree highly desirable  

* Demonstrated experience with microscopic imaging techniques  

* Demonstrated experience in working with biological specimens of 
various sorts, particularly living tissue preparations  

* Familiarity with a variety of tissue culturing techniques

* Familiarity with device control and software interfaces for 

* Proven ability to solve technical design problems

* Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently


This is a three-year fixed-term, union, exempt position with an 
annual starting pay ranging from $43,310 to $45,923. The position 
starts as soon as possible and will end on or before September 30, 
2003. Please apply to:  

Dept. LS-3
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Fax: (415) 561-0370
E-Mail: resume at (attachments not accepted)

No phone calls, please

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