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Argonne National Laboratory Postdoctoral Appointee - Bioimaging applications of combined focused ion beam and x-ray nanoprobe in Lemont, Illinois

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The person hired for this role will play a key role in pushing the boundaries of multiple imaging technologies to enhance the biological research capabilities at the Advanced Photon Source facility.

The main responsibility is to advance the applications of plasma focused ion beam technology for biological specimen preparation and subsequent imaging and chemical analysis with synchrotron-based X-ray microscopy. Examples of applications include structural and chemical analysis of single bacterial cells, bacterial colonies, subcellular organelles of mammalian cells, 3D cellular aggregates, and tissue sections, among others. The candidate will also actively contribute to the operation and further development of multiple instruments for biological applications, including synchrotron-based microscopy instruments, a dual-beam SEM, and a confocal light microscope with a cryogenic stage

Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. degree with the focus on biology, biochemistry, bioimaging or related disciplines within the last three years.

  • Considerable experience in at least two of the following fields: electron microscopy of soft materials, focused ion beam, x-ray imaging of soft materials, cryogenic microscopy

  • Considerable experience with basic biological sample preparation (e.g. culture, fixation, dehydration, coating, histochemical labeling, etc)

  • Experience with instrument infrastructure and automation is a plus

  • Experience with cryogenic microscopy and cryogenic biological sample preparation is a plus

  • Demonstrated experience working successfully as part of a team in a collaborative and multidisciplinary scientific environment

  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external collaborators and ability to work in a team environment

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Postdoctoral Family

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Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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