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Associate Director: Quantitative Bioelement Imaging Center, Northwestern University

Northwestern University Quantitative Bioelement Imaging Center
Evanston, Illinois
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 12, 2020

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Field of specialization
Biological, Inorganic
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
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Associate Director: Quantitative Bioelement Imaging Center, Northwestern University

The Northwestern University Quantitative Bioelement Imaging Center (QBIC) invites applications for a senior scientist position who will lead the center into its next phase of growth and development as a national resource for bio-element imaging and analysis. Ph.D. level and other applicants with an experience and expertise in ICP-MS and managing core facilities are encouraged to apply. Experience with one or more of: laser ablation, elemental imaging, and metallomics is desirable. Appointment will be commensurate with education and training and experience. A research faculty appointment is available for Ph.D. level candidates.

The QBIC core facility is located in Silverman Hall on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. QBIC focused on the application of novel tools and instrumentation to the analysis and mapping of inorganic elements in biological samples. QBIC is under the direction of Dr. Thomas O’Halloran, Morrison Professor of Chemistry. QBIC currently operates a quadrupole ICP-MS, high-resolution magnetic sector ICP-MS, ICP-OES, and ion chromatography systems and is the only facility in the greater Chicago area with multiple ICP systems dedicated to the analysis of biological and materials samples. The core facility also possesses a laser ablation system dedicated to mapping biological samples. QBIC is one of eight cores overseen by Northwestern’s Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP), and is supported by CLP’s experienced business and marketing staff.

This position requires strong organizational and technical skills, an ability to work with a diverse body of scientists and a keen interest in collaborating in wide-ranging research projects. The responsibilities of the Managing Director include operation and routine maintenance of facility instruments, training and supervising student users, supervision of technical staff, grant writing and advising faculty on experimental design and data analyses.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, and three letters of reference to Dr. Sheila Judge (, Senior Director for Research, Education and Administration, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute; Women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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