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Associate Scientist and Core Director, Integrated Cellular Imaging

Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
Salary + Benefits
Posted Date
Aug 8, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
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Full Time
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The Integrated Cellular Imaging (ICI) Core at Emory University is hiring a Core Director. The Core Director is a staff scientist who leads core operations, helps guide research strategy, manages a team of microscopists, and performs administrative tasks in support of the core facility. The ICI core has around 20 imaging technologies at 5 different sites on campus. The ICI Core Director will have extensive fluorescence imaging knowledge, including expertise in confocal imaging, live cell imaging, super-resolution imaging, and image analysis. Experience leading an imaging core facility as well as imaging technology development is strongly preferred. Managerial and grant writing experience is also preferred.

The ICI Core Director jointly reports to the Scientific Director, Executive Administrator of Research Administration (School of Medicine), Assistant Dean of Novel Technologies and Cores (School of Medicine), and Senior Director, Cancer Research Administration (Winship Cancer Institute).

Specific duties include:

  • Develop research strategy for the core in conjunction with the Scientific Director
  • Manage a team of microscopists within the core
  • Work with faculty to develop and implement projects
  • Mentors the Technical Director; provides annual performance review and goal setting.
  • Acquire new technologies for the core through grant writing and working with internal stakeholders
  • Reviews and approves SOP’s developed by Technical Director.
  • Participates in strategic planning related to the core operations, equipment, and services.
  • With the Scientific and Technical Director, leads the hiring of new core personnel.
  • Works with the Technical Director to develop educational and marketing initiatives
  • Oversees monthly billing in PPMS in coordination with the Technical Director.
  • Tracks core performance of projects using PPMS.


  • The Associate Academic Research Scientist performs a wide range of highly technical and complex research duties and has documented scientific achievements and increasing technical, management, leadership, and professional expertise necessary to advance basic and/or translational research programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research and experimental platforms for analyzing, design and interpreting results.
  • Investigates and recommends potential alternative approaches to improve the quality of results of basic and/or translational research.
  • Demonstrates increased responsibility through management of teams and leadership of scientific projects by applying advanced knowledge, skills, and input necessary for protocol development, as well as facilitating in some training aspects of other team members.
  • Aids in writing IACUC, IRB, Biosafety and other approval documents.
  • Oversees quality assurance of research conducted by other team members.
  • May assist in grant and other funding applications as necessary and appropriate, or with approval of the responsible faculty director, may have their own research projects and/or have full responsibilities for specific areas of instrumentation or methodology development and user support.
  • With the approval of the responsible faculty director, may be principal investigators on funded proposals.
  • Performs other responsibilities as required.


  • PhD or MD and five years of professional level experience OR Master's degree and ten years of professional level experience in a technical or research lab.
  • Laboratory experience will be based on area of assignment.
  • Internship experience or experience prior to attaining the qualifying degree is not considered eligible work experience for this job classification.
  • NOTE: Applicants applying with a M.D. or equivalent degree must be eligible for a Georgia medical license to meet the minimum qualifications.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

ICI History
ICI represents a shared resource partnership between the Emory School of Medicine and the Winship Cancer Institute. ICI was established in 2012 and represents one of the largest imaging cores in the southeast with over 19 microscopes in 5 locations on campus, including a planned 6th future location in a new building on campus. ICI supports over 100 Emory investigators each year and continually acquires the latest cutting-edge imaging technologies available.

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