Washington University of St. Louis Ophthalmology & Visual Science in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


The Morgan laboratory creates multi-terabyte high resolution digital reconstructions of brain tissue to understand how neurons organize their synaptic connections to one another. This position helps with the acquisition and annotation of these large electron microscopy image volumes. Position also assists with the technical aspects of studies and experiments including the development and implementation of software that automatically acquires images, builds the images into a 3D volume, and maps the cellular organization of the image volume.


  1. Assists with research studies, experiments and assays including management of an image analysis pipeline, collection of data, and maintenance of equipment.
  2. Assists with the acquisition of electron microscopy images using semi-automated acquisition software.
  3. Performs data entry and maintains data files on research. Annotates and analyzes neural circuitry image volumes.
  4. Assists with the implementation and/or development of algorithms for automated image alignment and segmentation.
  5. Complies with established safety procedures and maintains required documentation on laboratory and specimen conditions.
  6. Ensures lab conditions and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained in accordance with established procedures.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and up to 1 year of experience in a laboratory setting or equivalent combination of education and experience equaling 4 years required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • High degree of computer literacy.
  • Ability to execute, modify and develop Matlab code.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and communicate with laboratory staff and investigators.
  • Ability to maintain complete and organized records/reports.
  • Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $14.07 - $18.99 per hour.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

Applicant Special Instructions

Primary responsibilities will be computer work. The extended laboratory environment includes the biological, chemical and radioactive hazards associated with electron microscopy. Must be physically able to wear protective equipment.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Research Technician II - Ophthalmology & Visual Science - 42173

Job ID: 42173

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular