Current Vacancy

Director, Electron Microscopy Core

The Organization

With nation-wide responsibility for improving the health and wellbeing of all Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services oversees the biomedical research programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and those of NIH’s research Institutes.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Division of Intramural Research (DIR) consists of over 60 research groups investigating clinical, translational, and basic research topics in support of the NHLBI mission. More detailed information about the NHLBI DIR may be found at

The NHLBI Electron Microscopy (EM) Core is a major component of the NHLBI DIR and provides advice, technical services, training, and use of facilities to the division investigators requiring electron microscopy to answer specific research questions. The EM Core facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM), transmission electron microscopes (TEM), a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and all the preparative equipment for most biological EM applications, and will move into a newly renovated and expanded EM Core suite in 2023. 

The Role

The NHLBI is recruiting for an Electron Microscopy Core Director. The successful candidate will serve as the director of the EM Core. The incumbent will be responsible for supervising all activities of the Core, which is currently staffed by several experienced electron microscopists. The EM Core works with DIR Principal Investigators for high-resolution imaging of cells, organelles, and molecules using a variety of techniques including negative staining, rotary shadowing, embedding, sectioning, tomography, metal replica EM, and imaging tissue. The Director will oversee a dynamic research program focused on the development and application of both classical and cutting-edge electron microscopy methods for cellular and structural biology research.

In addition, the Director will manage the Core’s budget, oversee training of Core users, and be responsible for the technical maintenance of all Core equipment. The Core Director will be responsible for quadrennial reviews of their laboratory research program and Core, interact extensively with NHLBI staff in planning and executing experiments involving EM, and seek to maintain expertise in both traditional and state-of-the-art EM methods. Of note, the NHLBI also provides staff access to world-class light microscopy, cryo-EM, and advanced image processing capabilities, and encourages synergistic collaborations to be initiated by the new EM Core Director.

This is a government full-time equivalent (FTE) position with salary and appointment commensurate with qualifications and experience.

About You

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent), significant experience in many aspects of electron microscopy, and a record of scientific productivity as evidenced by citable publications.  Experience with correlative light/EM imaging, novel methods development, digital image processing and analysis including AI-based approaches, cryo-EM, 3D EM, and clinical studies are highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal skills are a requirement.


This EM Core Director recruitment will occur concurrently with a search for an EM Core Staff Scientist. Prospective candidates are encouraged to apply for one or both positions as desired.

Applicants should submit the following: cover letter highlighting key qualifications, curriculum vitae with complete bibliography, names and contact information of three references, a one-page summary of their philosophy regarding core facility operation, a one or two page research statement, and PDFs of three publications that best epitomize their relevant skills. Applicants may be US citizens or non-citizens with or eligible for a valid employment visa.

To apply, please email your CV and supporting documentation to:
Kat Miller, Chief, General Administration Branch, DIR, NHLBI