Current Vacancy

Staff Scientist, 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 Staff Scientist. The successful applicant will interact with Principal Investigators and other scientific staff within NHLBI’s DIR to provide advice, technical services, and training for all research requiring electron microscopy. The EM Core performs 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.

Salary and appointment are 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. Familiarity with cell and tissue ultrastructure, as well as 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, as the incumbent will be working with a large and diverse scientific community. Candidates with a desire to expand their technical repertoire and become familiar with the broad scope of biomedical research in the NHLBI DIR are especially encouraged to apply.


This EM Core Staff Scientist recruitment will occur concurrently with a search for an EM Core Director. 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, and the names and contact information of three references. 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