Program Manager - SCOPE

Job Description



The Sanderson Center for Optical Experimentation (SCOPE), light microscopy core facility at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, seeks a full-time trained scientist with expertise in scientific communications to take on an exciting new position as Program Manager. Under the direction of Christina Baer, PhD (the Director of the SCOPE) the Program Manager will: 1.) develop and implement educational and training materials for widefield, confocal, super resolution, 2-photon and STED microscopy, and spatial transcriptomics centered on the instrumentation and services available through the SCOPE, 2.) augment visibility of the SCOPE through social media strategies and marketing campaigns by drafting scientific communications that showcase the instrumentation and services available in the facility and participating in the organization of local conferences and networking events, 3.) contribute to the development of grant proposals, and 4.) extend educational initiatives within the ScienceLIVE STEM outreach program for UMass Chan and the surrounding community.

The SCOPE is a vibrant research hub where researchers have access to innovative approaches combining the power of advanced light microscopy with cutting-edge molecular biology that hold the potential to unlock the answers to fundamental questions underlying human health and disease. Since the founding of SCOPE in 2018, successful fundraising has brought 12 new imaging systems into the facility. The UMass Chan community now has access to microscopes equipped for STED super resolution, fluorescence lifetime imaging, in-cell FCS microscopy, and spatial transcriptomics for the first time. SCOPE users span more than 20 departments at the university and engage in groundbreaking research across a wide variety of fields including neurobiology, microbiology, infectious disease, RNA therapeutics, and systems biology. As a center for collaboration with over 140 active users, SCOPE fosters and support diversity and collegiality in the thriving UMass Chan research communities. SCOPE mission is to enable outstanding research by providing access, training, and support for advanced light microscopes, to accelerate and facilitate the adoption of cutting-edge experimental approaches grounded in light microscopy, and to educate the research and local communities about the microscopy and image analysis techniques.



-Work with the Director to develop primarily video educational and training content for multiple microscopy techniques that will be published on the SCOPE website.

-Research and develop effective and efficient outreach to external academic and industry users regarding SCOPE technologies, communications, and fundraising plans in collaboration with the Director.

-Research, organize, and prepare grant proposal applications in support of SCOPE research projects and outreach activities.

-Prepare internal and external communications for the SCOPE in collaboration with the ScienceLIVE STEM outreach program to disseminate key advances towards our research, education, service, and diversity goals.

-Use multimedia tools and cutting-edge technology to create content that helps explain our instrumentation and research to a broad audience.

-Enhance traffic and engagement with the SCOPE website through new content development, including efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

-Develop and implement marketing campaigns targeted to a wide variety of audiences, including planning, and executing a social media strategy.

-Interface with the Office of Communications and Advancement to ensure best practices and maintain high professional standards.

-Perform other job duties as required.



-Master’s degree from a science, health care, or communications program with 3+ years of science / health care communications experience or a Bachelor’s degree from a science, health care, or communications program with 5+ years of science / health care communications experience.

-Broad knowledge of social media platforms and professional communications.

-Experience writing grants and/or other scientific communications with publication.

-Experience using software tools for content creation and website maintenance (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, content management systems, etc.).

-Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills.

-Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate with leaders, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and units.

-Innovative thinker with the ability to solve problems creatively.

-Ability to work in a collaborative environment including frequent interaction with faculty, staff, and students engaged in life science research.

-Demonstrated ability in applying practices that foster a community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.


-Ph.D. in a life science discipline preferred.

-Demonstrated experience with fundraising and development.

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