Columbia University in the City of New York (CU)

Staff Associate in the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute

New York, New York, NY, United States

Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute (the Zuckerman Institute) brings together researchers to explore aspects of mind and brain, through the exchange of ideas and active collaboration. The Zuckerman Institute’s home is the Jerome L. Greene Science Center on Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus. Situated in the heart of Manhattan, at full capacity the Zuckerman Institute will house approximately 55+ laboratories employing a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to transform our understanding of the mind and brain. In this highly collaborative environment, labs work together to gain critical insights into human health by exploring how the brain develops, performs, endures and recovers from trauma or disease.

The Zuckerman Institute is currently seeking a Staff Associate (Microscopy Facility Manager) that will be responsible for the systems supported by Cellular Imaging and will work at the interface of cutting edge technology and high-impact research, driving innovative solutions for neuroscience imaging applications.

Responsibilities included but not limited to:

• Operates state-of-the-art microscopy system while implementing cutting edge microscopy-based approaches; processes and analyzes software tools in support of the scientific research activities of the Institute. 

• Provides individualized training and technical support, including assistance with experimental design and advice on sample preparation, in using confocal, super-resolution, widefield, and lightsheet microscopes. 

• Develops software tools for image processing and analysis in support of scientific research activities. 

• Under the guidance of the Director, creates and outlines guidelines and protocols for system usage; oversees microscopy systems reservation in iLab and compliance for system usage. 

• Administers monthly billing and invoicing per lab usage; assist in yearly budget planning.

• Performs regular and ongoing system maintenance and troubleshooting; other duties as assigned by the Director of Cellular Imaging.


Bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred. 

A minimum of four (4) years of prior experience in configuration, calibration and troubleshooting of microscopy and imaging instruments, and operational experience in a shared resource, cost-recovery environment is required.

The ideal candidate must possess in-depth understanding and extensive hands-on experience in advanced optical microscopy and imaging instruments, including a broad knowledge of imaging techniques. A strong background in quantitative imaging and analysis, related to applications in life sciences is required.

Work experience is expected to complement and enhance the candidate’s qualifications for the role, however the educational requirements outlined in the position scope are required.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.