Microscopy Society of America Placement Office

Research Associate, Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
14 days ago


Research Associate, Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory (Full-Time)

The Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is seeking a highly motivated and organized individual to fill a full-time position as a Research Associate. Responsibilities will include direction and execution of collaborations and fee-for-service microscopy projects. For more information about the Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory please visit our webpage.


  • Sample preparation and imaging for electron and light microscopy, as well as downstream visualization, quantification and analysis
  • Troubleshooting instrumentation
  • Routine lab maintenance
  • Training materials and training of junior staff and facility users
  • Basic chemical/biochemical laboratory tasks
  • Other duties as assigned


Required knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Hands-on experience with contemporary electron microscopy instrumentation, sample preparation and associated image acquisition and analysis software
  • Outstanding collaborative and leadership abilities, able to work independently and show initiative and creative problem-solving skills
  • Extensive laboratory experience and excellent organization and communication skills
  • Able to train and manage other laboratory personnel, manage multiple tasks, contribute substantially to publications and grants
  • Troubleshoot and optimize laboratory protocols and instrumentation
  • Lives the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship


  • PhD in Biology, Plant Science or related Life Science field or a BS with 2-5 years experience in Electron Microscopy or related field
  • Experience with cryo (high-pressure freezing, freeze-substitution, single particle, tomography), electron tomography, serial sectioning, immunolocalization, volume electron microscopy, array tomography and/or correlative microscopy a plus


  • Cover letter clearly describing background, experience, and career goals
  • CV
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references

About the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center:

Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Our focus is scientific research at the nexus of food, energy, and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and develop unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work. We then convert that knowledge into useful crops and products, and partner with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and from charitable contributions from individuals, companies, and foundations.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is proudly an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions at the Danforth Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy that the Danforth Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin and status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities. As a federal contractor, the Danforth Center is required to comply with the 2021 Executive Order mandating full vaccination status of employees by December 8, 2021 unless the employee is legally entitled to an accommodation due to physical disability or sincerely held religious belief. If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this web site, please contact Human Resources, at 314-587-1033 for further assistance.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60076770
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Position Title: Research Associate, Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory
  • Company Name: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Job Function: Research Associate
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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