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Job Opportunity - Associate Director, Quantitative Bioelement Imaging Center, Northwestern University

Associate Director, Quantitative Bioelement Imaging Center, Northwestern University

The Northwestern University Quantitative Bioelement Imaging Center (QBIC) invites applications for a senior scientist position to lead the center into its next phase of growth and development as a national resource for bio-element imaging and analysis. PhD level and other applicants with experience and expertise in ICP-MS and managing core facilities are encouraged to apply. Appointment will be commensurate with education, training, and experience. A research faculty appointment is available for PhD level candidates.

The QBIC core facility is located in Silverman Hall on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. QBIC focuses on the development and application of novel tools, methods, and instrumentation for the analysis and mapping of inorganic elements in biological samples. The Center operates under the direction of Dr. Thomas O’Halloran, Morrison Professor of Chemistry, and it is the only facility in the greater Chicago area with multiple ICP systems (quadrupole ICP-MS, ICP-OES, and high resolution ICP-MS) dedicated to the analysis of biological and materials samples.

In addition, this core facility offers the only laser ablation system dedicated to mapping biological samples in the Chicago area. QBIC partners with NUAnce (Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center), to provide access to STEM-EDS measurements of elements at the ultrastructural level. The core facility is one of eight cores overseen by Northwestern’s Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP), and it is supported by CLP’s experienced business and marketing staff.

This position requires strong organizational and technical skills, an ability to work with a diverse range of scientists, and a keen interest in collaboration. The responsibilities of the Associate Director include operation and routine maintenance of facility instruments, training and supervising student users, supervision of technical staff, grant writing, and advising faculty on experimental design and data analyses.

Applicants should submit the following to Dr. Sheila Judge (, Senior Director for Research, Education and Administration, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute:

  • Letter of application,
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of reference 
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.