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    Technician – Light Microscopy and Image Analysis Specialist

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    23 februari 2021
    26 maart 2021

    The Faculty of Science, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is looking for a

    Technician – Light Microscopy and Image Analysis Specialist

    Project description
    The Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is part of the Faculty of Science. The LACDR is a leading institute that conducts fundamental and strategic scientific research in the field of innovative drug research.

    The Cell Observatory houses cutting-edge bio-imaging technology aimed at visualizing the dynamic structures of life - from molecule to cell to organism. It is located in the new Gorlaeus building and serves as a meeting place and shared facility for scientists from different institutes of the Faculty of Science, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. The goal of research at the Cell Observatory is to visualize and comprehend the dynamics of the living cell down to the molecular level, because understanding of these fundamental mechanisms of life is essential for progress in tackling disease. Over the past 15 years the Division of Drug Discovery and Safety of the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) has established a high-throughput microscopy screening facility within the Cell Observatory, which includes 4 confocals, 1 spinning disk and dedicated robotics to perform phenotypic screens. The Cell Observatory is also on its way to become one of the first Dutch FAIR imaging core facilities.

    Key responsibilities
    As a Light Microscopy and Image Analysis Specialist you will be part of the Division of Drug Discovery and Safety and ensure the operation and regular maintenance of all light microscopes of the high-throughput microscopy facility. You will use your expertise and knowledge of experimental set-ups to create tailored imaging protocols to resolve complex imaging problems. You will be expected to respond to the demands of the users of the facility patiently and inventively. You will train, assist and supervise researchers with different levels of experience (from Bachelor's degree students to highly experienced scientists) and you will give them instructions where necessary and appropriate. Upon request, you will guide these users in sample preparation, assist with their image acquisition settings, and instruct them how to manage, analyse and organize their acquired data using the available software and data-management systems at the facility. You will also support the overall laboratory management of the Division of Drug Discovery and Safety.

    Selection criteria

    • A University or Higher Professional Education+ (HBO+) degree in Science;
    • Ample experience in the application of advanced light microscopy techniques (Confocal, Widefield, LightSheet, spinning disk, fluorescence, DIC);
    • Experience with image and data analysis support and knowledge of software suites (ImageJ/Fiji, CellProfiller);
    • Experience with systems administration (Windows Server) and data management (Omero) will be considered a plus;
    • The ability to disseminate your knowledge to others in an effective way but also to supervise and guide newcomers from various backgrounds;
    • A service mentality, and basic knowledge of simple quality control routines;
    • A willingness to learn new techniques;
    • The ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team;
    • The ability to set priorities and directives;
    • The ability to write technical manuals and make contributions to funding applications and research articles;
    • The ability to communicate in English (fluently) and preferably also in Dutch (or the willingness to learn Dutch).

    Our organisation
    The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. For more information, see the website of the Faculty of Science.

    The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and fifteen master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

    Terms and conditions
    A position with room for personal input, a pleasant working atmosphere in a creative environment with the possibility to work with the most modern equipment.

    In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, initially we offer a one year term position with the possibility of renewal to a permanent position. The salary range is from € 2,329.- to € 4,012.- gross per month (fulltime, scale 7, 8 or 9, depending on education and experience).

    In addition, Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package. For example, there is an end-of-year bonus (8.3%), holiday allowance (8%), excellent training facilities, paid parental leave, sabbatical leave and the option of our individual choices model to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For more information, see the website.

    Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

    For any questions, you are welcome to contact Sylvia Le Dévédec. Telephone: +31 715274285 or email to

    Applications quoting the vacancy number, including a motivation letter and curriculum vitae, can be sent by e-mail to attention of Marjolijn Lugthart 26 March 2021 at the latest.

    Acquisition is not appreciated.

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