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Requisition ID:  11362

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Instrumentation Specialist

Job Summary

*Updated 9/15/2020*: At this time, this position is actively recruiting and accepting applications.


The Purdue Cryo-EM Facility is seeking to hire a Senior Cryo-Electron Microscopist/Instrumentation Specialist to help with the operation of a second newly purchased Titan Krios equipped with a K3 direct electron detector. The facility currently houses a Titan Krios and a Talos F200C, both equipped with direct detectors.


The new Titan Krios will be run as part of a consortium that includes Purdue and multiple partner institutions in Indiana and Illinois. The microscopist will be responsible for the daily operation of the microscope, collecting data for partners, training users, scheduling sessions for all partner institutions, and billing through Purdue’s shared facility management system.


  • PhD degree in science  with a focus on structural biology
  • At least three years of experience in Cryo-Electron Microscopy
  • Skills and experience in operating an electron microscope  
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) in order to communicate with users and other team members in an effective and professional way



  • Extensive experience in operating and maintaining an electron microscope that enables the training of new users, as well as ability to troubleshoot imaging issues 
  • Experience with cryo-EM reconstructions and model building in EM density maps using established software
  • Knowledge of Linux operating systems and basic knowledge of programming languages such as Python 
  • Proven time management and organizational skills that show proficiency in meeting deadlines, setting goals and identifying deficiencies

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions immediately  
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply