Assistant Research Scientist (Job # 14004)

The Department of Physics at Arizona State University seeks applicants for an Assistant Research Scientist to work in the field of optical and computational biophysics. This is a full-time, fiscal year (12 months), benefits-eligible appointment.

The successful applicant will design and lead research on multiple optical and computational biophysics projects as well as train lab members in the Shepherd laboratory within the Center for Biological Physics ( For example, she/he will be a member of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Seed Network for the Human Lung Cell Atlas v1.0, an international consortium of twelve campuses devoted to application and development of high-throughput methods to characterize cell types and sub-types in human lung tissue. She/he will work under the supervision of Prof D. Shepherd and collaborate with other local and remote faculty, while also conducting original research. This may involve the development, improvement, and/or use of tissue clearing, multiplexed RNA and protein labeling, light sheet microscopy, structured illumination microscopy, adaptive optics, computer vision, and statistical image analysis to identify cell types from multiplexed imaging data within intact tissue. Minimum qualifications:  Doctorate or equivalent degree in a relevant field of science, such as physics, physical chemistry, electrical engineering, or closely related field by the time of appointment. Experience building and using custom optical microscopes. Proficient in programming. Desired qualifications: Experience with adaptive optics, structured illumination microscopy, and light sheet fluorescence microscopy. Proficient in Phython and CUDA programming, experience with optical quantification and multiplexed RNA and protein within cells and tissue. Applicants are responsible for having three references sent to the address below by the relevant deadline, and for providing the names of these referees and a CV. More details can be obtained from

ASU is situated near Phoenix, Arizona, and is one of the largest universities in the United States. Recently ranked as one of the top 100 research universities in the world, its 40 Physics department faculty work mainly in Biophysics, Nano and Materials Science, Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, and hold many honors (

To apply, please send the following materials:  a cover letter, a CV, a publication list, and a detailed summary of research experience and interests, and 3 reference letters. Applications should be submitted in one complete attachment. For more information about the position, contact Douglas Shepherd,

The initial review of applications will begin September 3, 2019 if not filled; applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until the search is closed.

A background check is required for employment.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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