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Academic Professional Associate for Biological and Cryo Electron Microscopy Imaging

Company: University of Georgia
Location: Athens
Posted on: July 6, 2024

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Academic Professional Associate for Biological and Cryo Electron Microscopy Imaging

VPR-GA Electron Microscopy

About the University of Georgia
Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time
Full Time

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Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Open until filled

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Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include a letter of intent expressing your interest in this position.

Location of Vacancy
Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

USG Core Values Statement
The University System of Georgia is comprised of our 26 institutions of higher education and learning, as well as the System Office. Our USG Statement of Core Values are Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Respect. These values serve as the foundation for all that we do as an organization, and each USG community member is responsible for demonstrating and upholding these standards. More details on the USG Statement of Core Values and Code of Conduct are available in USG Board Policy and can be found online at .

Additionally, USG supports Freedom of Expression as stated in Board Policy 6.5 Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom found online at .

Position Information

Classification Title
Laboratory Professional AD



Minimum Qualifications
Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. In a biological science or related field
  • Research experience involving cryoTEM
  • Hands-on experience with cryoTEM sample preparation
  • Hands-on experience with cryoTEM data collection and data processing
  • Hands-on experience with operating cryoTEM and conventional (RT) TEM
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member to accomplish goals
  • Experience handling chemical and biologically hazardous materials
  • Basic knowledge of standard ultramicrotomy
  • Good organizational skills

    Position Summary
    The successful candidate in this position will work independently, as well as with students, staff, and faculty of UGA, to advance the cryogenic electron microscopy of biological samples, as well as assist with conventional imaging.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

    • Hands-on experience with biological sample preparation for both cryoTEM and conventional TEM
    • Detail oriented and able to maintain accurate lab records and handle data efficiently
    • Experience with training or assisting others
    • Well organized and dependable
    • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
    • Ability to learn new laboratory procedures rapidly
    • Willing to maintain annual training of compliance laboratory policies and procedures
    • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate projects
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues and clients
    • Desire to learn advanced techniques and new methodologies
    • Self-motivated, positive individual

      Physical Demands
      Some light lifting and moving of equipment may be needed.

      Is driving a responsibility of this position?

      Is this a Position of Trust?

      Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?

      Does this position require a P-Card?

      Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?

      Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?

      Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)

      Credit and P-Card policy
      Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the .

      Background Investigation Policy
      Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the .


      • Operations and maintenance of two cryo-transmission electron microscopes (TFS Tundra and JEOL 2100) and data collection with these microscopes, including cryo-sample preparation.

        Percentage of time

        • Preparing biological samples for conventional transmission and scanning electron microscopy (e.g. fixation, dehydration, embedding in resin, critical point drying, sputter coating, histochemical labeling of proteins, ultramicrotomy, negative staining etc.)

          Percentage of time

          • Assisting with data collection and sample preparation using cryo-scanning electron microscopy and conventional transmission electron microscopy.

            Percentage of time

            • Training of facility users on individual microscopes and equipment.

              Percentage of time

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