Center Manager
University of Copenhagen Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Center Manager at the Center for Advanced Bioimaging, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Faculty of Science, the University of Copenhagen, is looking for an Academic officer / Senior Consultant as Center Manager with effect from 1 august 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

About us

The core facility Center for Advanced Bioimaging (CAB) Denmark ( was funded by the programme for National Research Infrastructure, based on a proposal which gathered more than 50 research groups with a strong focus on imaging of living and fixed biological samples.

The center was inaugurated in June 2011 at the University of Copenhagen (Frederiksberg and North Campus) and offers an instrument park that is unique in Denmark. It permits high-resolution imaging in seven dimensions and includes a Super resolution microscope for 3D-SIM, TIRF and SMLM, confocal microscopes with freely tunable excitation and emission, including FLIM detectors and multiphoton excitation; a spinning disk microscope with EMCCD, a robot microscope as well as TEM and SEM.

The Center offers access and training for all relevant microscopical methods, a biosafety level 2 cell culture lab and a histological lab for specimen preparation. The CAB received support from the National Research Infrastructure Program and is linked to the Danish Bioimaging and the European ESFRI project Euro-BioImaging.

Your Responsibilities:

You will be stationed at the Frederiksberg Campus site of CAB and work closely together with a lab technician and the center manager at the North Campus site as well as the scientific steering committee of the core facility. Your time will be devoted to equipment set-up and operation, equipment maintenance and development on one side, and to user-training, user assistance and method development on the other side:

  • responsible for the day-to-day running and maintenance of the microscopes
  • manage and operate the instruments including first-fault diagnosis, and maintenance work
  • assist in improving preparation methods and specific user set-ups for the different instruments
  • establish and implement schedules for microscope hardware and software maintenance, and support alignments and performance checks, to ensure that the facility is operating at peak performance
  • advise the CAB coordinators regarding instrument modernisation and platform development  
  • coordinate repairs and yearly services with microscope supplier’s service engineers
  • work with in-house workshop and IT to ensure a seamless interface between data collection and data processing
  • provide instructions, assistance and consultation to faculty, students, and staff members regarding the equipment and optimal processes
  • perform other related duties incidental to the work described above, such as maintaining the user database and collecting user time-fee data for accounting
  • individual training of users
  • participation and preparation of Ph.D. and M.Sc. training courses on imaging


A university degree in Life Science (MSc.), especially biology, biotechnology or any associated field preferably with a Ph.D.

Required skills and personal qualities:

  • strong experience in advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques such as confocal and super resolution microscopy
  • experience in microscope control and acquisition software
  • good English language skills (both written and oral)
  • demonstrated record keeping and organization skills
  • ability to proactively plan maintenance work and increase microscope uptime and performance
  • attention to detail
  • a desire to learn, and a willingness to share knowledge
  • self-driven and organized
  • interested in a good collaborate with the partner center manager at North Campus
  • basic levels of image processing and analysis and experience with software such as ImageJ and Imaris

Desired additional skills:

  • experience in acquisition software for 3D and super resolution microscopy and FLIM analysis
  • experience in TEM and SEM preparation techniques (fixation, embedding, ultrathin sectioning)
  • experience in TEM and SEM imaging and TEM tomography
  • understanding the basics of electron optics and vacuum systems
  • Advanced levels of image processing and analysis
  • experience in teaching demos of small groups

 What we offer:

  • a state-of-the art microscopy facility and flexible work environment
  • a positive team culture
  • to actively take part in ongoing research and method development projects of users
  • to attend key microscopy conferences and workshops
  • appropriate training on microscopes and other hardware where necessary

Terms of salary and employment

The employment and salary is made in accordance with the Circular on the Collective Agreement concerning academics in the state sector concluded between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations). Dependent on your qualification and experience, you will be employed as an Academic officer or Senior Consultant. The salary for an Academic Officer is based on seniority and currently between DKK 26.223 and DKK 31.954 per month. The salary for a Senior Consultant is DKK 41.454 per month. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. The working time are 37 hours per week on average. The working hours are flexible.

Your application

If you find the job interesting, please send an electronic application with attachment via Jobportalen (click on the link "Apply Now" at the bottom of the post) no later than 7 June 2020, 23:59 GMT+2.

Interviews will take place in June 2020.

The University of Copenhagen seeks to reflect society and encourages applications irrespective of personal background.

Further questions

Any questions about the position may be directed to Prof. Alexander Schulz,; +45 35323350.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen – or SCIENCE – is Denmark's largest science research and education institution with 4,000 employees and 9,700 Bachelor and Master's students in 12 departments. The Faculty has an annual budget of DKK 3 billion.

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Alexander Schulz


Application deadline: 07-06-2020
Employment start: 01-08-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab

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