Easy label of live cells

How to easily label Golgi, cytoskeleton, endosomes, lysosomes… in live cells with CFP, GFP or RFP then be able to fix everything? It does sound like pure magic! Have a look here.

Time to show off! :)

Share your images at Sven-Harry’s museum of art

The Ragnar Söderberg Foundation has initiated an art project in order to present research in medicine. The project “The invisible body” aims to tell stories about research and what researchers do, and how they do it. Scientists are now invited to share their work for everyone to see. The foundation is looking for high-resolution pictures in very large sizes to present at an exhibition in November at Sven-Harry’s museum in Vasaparken, Stockholm.

Would you like to contribute? Contact: art(at)ragnarsoderbergsstiftelse.se

One more microscopy job, this time in Zurich :)

we have an open position at the Single Cell Facility ,  ETH, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE), Basel:

Microscopy Engineer / Microscopist (m/f)

Responsibilities are training and support of facility users. This includes microscopy instrument quality control and their maintenance. The microscopy engineer/microscopist will develop and implement customized configurations and the setup of the experimental workflows of experiments on the automated imaging systems.  The successful candidate will share responsibilities with our other microscopy expert and work closely together with our software engineer for image analysis and data management.

This position is available for 2 years and located in Basel.

Requirements are a degree from a technical college or a university with a proven experience in various advanced light microscopy and digital imaging technologies. She/he will have extensive technical experience with state-of-the-art light microscopy platforms such as confocal, live-cell imaging and/or SPIM. Strong knowledge of advanced quantitative imaging technologies as well as their underlying optical principles is required. Scripting experience is a plus. The candidate should have hands-on skills in microscopy component integration.

This position demands very good communication skills in English to interact with scientists and students, and the skill to adapt to the service character of the facility to successfully support scientific research and operations at the D-BSSE. Besides having excellent technical abilities in the field of light microscopy, the candidate must be an excellent team player and possess the ability to work in a variety of scientific areas.

The Single Cell Facility (SCF) is a central scientific core facility within the ETH Zurich, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE), located in Basel. The SCF serves the department by providing technology and support in advanced (light-sheet, automated wide field, confocal) microscopy and flow cytometry.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Thomas Horn, by email: thomas.horn@bsse.ethz.ch (no applications).

Applications are only accepted online, please use the “Apply now” button at the link below. Please address it to: ETH Zurich, Roland Munz, Human Resources, CH-8092 Zurich.


Further information on our facility:


Microscopy job in the UK

A Regional Sales Manager position (based in UK or Benelux) is immediately available at BioAxial, a young and fast growing life science instrument company based in central Paris (left bank), with an outstanding technological platform backed by solid intellectual property, allowing super resolution microscopy.

BioAxial’s CODIM platform (Conical Diffraction Microscopy), by combining proprietary hardware and software components, images biological samples far beyond the diffraction limit, illuminating them at very low photo-toxicity levels. Furthermore, CODIM imaging doesn’t require any specific sample preparation, unlike other super-resolution modalities.

The full job advertisement is available in the text below, to apply please contact Fabien Bonnaud (full details below.


Reports to: Sales Director

Location: Home-office based (UK or Benelux)


As a full member of the BioAxial sales team, focusing on sales and customer experience, the Regional Sales Manager will be responsible for executing the CODIM business plan in his/her territory and reaching or exceeding the annual sales target.

This individual will interact directly with customers and extensively within the organization.

This position has a strong focus on sales & business development, on consistent and meaningful field activities which support the development and execution of growth strategies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to top-line business growth by meeting and exceeding sales expectations
  • Identify business growth opportunities in the assigned territory, build strong customer relationships and expand KOL network.
  • Accurately complete and maintain sales forecast and other records in an orderly and timely fashion.
  • Work in compliance with the structured sales process developed by BioAxial, while contributing to continually improving the sales process.
  • Understand customer applications, assess customer needs, differentiating from competition based on BioAxial’s value proposition.
  • Handle customer inquiries in a professional and timely manner.
  • Acquire, maintain, and expand knowledge of BioAxial products, competitive landscape and the market in order to meet customer needs and improve win rate.
  • Provide feedback from current and potential customers to enhance products and services.
  • Work with team on sales and marketing campaigns to promote brand awareness and inbound lead generation.
  • Attend prioritized trade exhibitions, workshops, user group meetings, etc.
  • Maintain company’s contact management database with accurate, up-to-date contact and activity details.

Critical Success Factors 

Ø             Technical Skills:  Direct knowledge and understanding of high value microscopy equipment sales in a competitive environment. 5+ sales experience within the life sciences market, ideally microscopy, and with demonstrated success or equivalent.  Scientific/commercial multi-disciplinary education and background preferred. Master’s degree in Sciences.  Domain knowledge of confocal imaging and/or cellular image analysis highly desirable.

Ø             Communication Skills:  Excellent written and oral communication skills, in English plus one additional European language. Proven distinguished interpersonal skills & ability to work equally well with individuals and cross-functional teams. Effectively communicates with and engages all individuals involved in the sales process ; translates technical decisions, strategies and customer needs into a solution ; produces clear, understandable proposals.

Ø             Time & Resource Management: Proven analytical and problem solving skills. Strongly motivated and self-driven, ability to work independently, devise & implement solutions to problems, & make decisions on one’s own initiative. Allocates time and resources efficiently, focusing on ever-shifting priorities; continually seeks way to improve individual/team productivity.

Ø             Business & Organization Knowledge: Understands the microscopy market and BioAxial’s mission within this market. Direct knowledge of grant application, purchasing and tender procedures.

Ø             Change Management:  Exhibits an assertive personality with a strong bias for action with a results-based orientation; tackles tough problems with firm deadlines.  Demonstrates ability to be an effective team-player in a matrix-reporting environment.  Shows rapid and effective learning skills, adapting to new situations as they arise.

Fabien Bonnaud, Sales Director, BioAxial

29 rue du Faubourg St Jacques

75014  Paris – France

C : +33 789 836 378

E : fabien.bonnaud@bioaxial.com

W: www.bioaxial.com

The LCI newsletter goes socially medial! :)

On top of its shiny new MicroscopyKarolinska.se blog, the LCI facility now has an LCI Facility Facebook account with a Microscopy@KI group.

Microscopy@KI is a public group so anyone with a Fb account can participate. Please use it as a light microscopy forum and post any light microscopy related question/answer, suggestion, announcement…  The idea is for us all microscopy fans to share with each other loads of cool microscopy tips! B-)

And don’t forget to tell us at the LCI about the light microscope events you organize, cool new products for sample preparation you tried… so we can put them up on our blog and on Facebook!

LCI microscopy course 2017 is here!

The Live Cell Imaging facility will soon run its intensive microscopy course 17th Jan-9th Feb. Loads of fun workshops, informative lectures, intense discussions and our popular Student Imaging Challenge workshop where students get direct feedback on how to improve their own sample preparation/experimental design.

The full course (#2870) is full but the theory only course (#2871, 4.5 points) has unlimited space so you can still apply (mail me) until the 13th.

As usual, all lectures are public so you are welcome to just show up without registration. The full program is on our our course webpage and instructions on how to find the Green seminar room can be found here. The program will be kept updated in case of (unlikely) last minute changes.

Additionally this year, we will do our best to broadcast all the lectures so that you do not need to physically come to Flemingsberg to listen to your favourite topic. Instead, just follow check the schedule on our course webpage, find out which lecture you want to follow and follow the LCI webinar link. We welcome your feedback about the quality of the webinar and the content of the lectures.


Try your sample on the Leica light sheet microscope!

We are delighted to host the Leica light sheet system, 25-26th January!

Have a look at the cool videos they have on their website! Check here for details on how to:

  • Come and listen to the Leica Lightsheet seminar January 25th 11:00-12:00, Red seminar room (how to find)
  • Book a private demo to image your own sample with the Leica specialist (January 25th and 26th).

Print your own hardware at KTH :)

Are you desperately looking for a small replacement part for some machine? Or as we did, a custom-made stage insert for our microscopes to accommodate 4 slides?

KTH has a very good 3D printing machine and Peter Arfert peter.arfert-at-sth.kth.se will work it all out in a blink!

Primo is a cool micropatterning device by Alveole

Primo is a cool micropatterning device that allows you to print your favourite protein on a Petri dish or a multi well plate with the pattern you want (down to 1 um resolution!). Print up to 3 proteins either in distinct or overlapping patterns, make gradients or even print on the walls of the wells. All you need is a jpeg image of your pattern! Then you can study how your favourite cells interact with the printed protein. See here how to book a time on the 18th of January to see it action!

BioPen is a microfluidics device by FluiCell

One can pipette out a controlled concentration of a reagent onto one or a few cells inside a dish, without affecting the other cells. All this is done on the microscope so you can record the cell reaction and get quantitative data.The adjacent cells can serve as internal controls or can be used for repeats of the experiment. The device also has many channels, allowing you rinse the cell after exposure then expose it to other reagents and even mix the reagents in the different channels as you want. Check here to get to the webinar or see how to try BioPen with your own sample!

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