Microscopy Specialist
80-100 %

The research group “Stomatal Biology” is welcoming applications for a Microscopy Specialist (80-100%). Our research group investigates how grasses and succulents form “breathing pores” or stomata on leaves and how different forms contribute to gas exchange physiology. For more information regarding our research, please visit https://raissiglab.org/.

We look for a motivated microscopist with an eye for aesthetics and patience to establish imaging protocols. Extensive experience in confocal laser scanning microscopy and a solid background in image analysis on open-source software (Fiji, MorphoGraphX, Napari, etc.) is required. Experience in electron microscopy is a plus but not required.
Your tasks will include (but are not limited to): (1) Developing time-lapse imaging approaches from the (sub-)cellular to the whole organ/leaf scale for the model grass Brachypodium distachyon and the succulent Kalanchoë laxiflora; (2) establish protocols to image the cytoskeleton, the vacuole and different cell wall components in grass stomata; (3) establish serial-block face electron microscopy approaches for grass stomata.
We offer a vibrant and inclusive research environment that strives to answer fundamental questions in plant development and physiology of grasses and succulents. We offer a state-of-the-art confocal microscope (Leica Stellaris 5) and have full access to the microscope imaging center (https://www.mic.unibe.ch/). This position can be filled at the technical assistant level or at the postdoc level, is initially limited to 2 years and the salary is in accordance with the Canton of Bern.
To apply, please send a single pdf including a motivation letter, a CV, two of your best microscopic images, and the names of at least two referees to
. We will start reviewing applications on October 5th until the position is filled. The position is available immediately.
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