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Associate – MicRoN core
Harvard Medical School
Department of Microbiology
About MicRoN:

The MicRoN core at Harvard Medical School is a light microscopy core supporting a wide range of advanced imaging modalities. Our mission is to improve reproducibility and rigor in image-based science emphasizing education and support. We are thrilled to invite applications for a Microscopy Research Specialist position. In this position, you will be part of a diverse and enthusiastic team of microscopists to support and train our researchers in their imaging needs, ranging from bacterial cell biology, neurobiology, immune cell function, cancer immunotherapy, and the development of new tools and genetic models to investigate human disease, aging, and tissue architecture. MicRoN offers a collaborative and educational environment that fosters interactions and collaborations not only with the staff but with the members of the scientific community we support, strengthening personal and professional growth.

Position Description: The MicRoN core at Harvard Medical School is seeking a Microscopy Research Specialist. The main duties for this position are to 1) Assist with and perform the general maintenance of the core and its instruments (including supporting and assisting the core facility staff with research projects, instrument maintenance, quality assessments and troubleshooting. 2) Actively interact with microscopy vendors to demo, update and repair the core microscopy systems, providing networking opportunities 3) Interact, communicate with and train research scientists to use our microscopes, and collaborate with them to facilitate and guide their imaging needs, providing expertise in image optimization and sample preparation. Additionally, participate in experiments/data collection for projects lead by the core or our collaborators 4) Assist the core staff with the preparation of training manuals including standard operating procedures, specific acquisition workflows and related documents to support and educate the core trainees 5) Perform administrative duties as needed (ordering, inventory, organization, website management…) 6) Assist the Director and core facility staff in organizing and teaching light microscopy courses and other core events.



• The successful candidate will have a Master’s in Biological Sciences or equivalent education and experience.
• Strong interest in learning about microscopy and image-based science.
• Experience using light microscopes or working on a core facility is a bonus but not required.
• Candidate must be self-motivated, able to work independently as well as part of a team, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, pay attention to detail, and be highly organized.
• Candidate must have excellent problem-solving abilities and a creative mind.


Application Instructions:

If you are interested in this exciting career opportunity to work with the vibrant community at Harvard Medical School, please email Paula Montero Llopis the director of MicRoN core at, with a cover letter and CV including the names and contact information for three references, adding “Application for Microscopy Research Specialist” as a subject line. Please include the earliest or latest start dates in your cover letter. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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The Harvard Medical School Curriculum Fellows Program is accepting applications for a microbiology CF to serve the Harvard Graduate Program in Bacteriology


This is a 3-year, full time postdoctoral fellowship focused on curriculum development, teaching, inclusion, educational programming, and professional development in the context of Harvard life science PhD programs. Fellows have gone on to careers as teaching faculty, graduate and undergraduate directors of education, leaders within centers for teaching and learning, science outreach specialists, DBER faculty, and higher education administrators. Applicants should be recent PhDs or postdocs with a passion for teaching and training in the biomedical sciences. 


The Curriculum Fellow in Microbiology will focus on designing, managing, and evaluating aspects of the graduate microbiology curriculum at Harvard, with a primary focus on the Harvard Graduate Program in Bacteriology (GPiB). The GPiB is an interdisciplinary graduate training program and close-knit community that brings together students and faculty from across Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. GPiB students participate in bacteriology-focused courses in their first and second years and continue to engage with the program through science, social, and professional/career development activities across all years of their graduate training. The Curriculum Fellow will work closely with the GPiB Faculty Directors and Director of Education, administrative staff, and a student steering committee to plan and implement GPiB curricular and para-curricular programming.


Complete details can be found on the CFP website or HigherEd jobs. Questions should be directed to or