Job title: Senior Microfluidics Engineer
Location: The Francis Crick Institute, Midland Road, London
Salary: Competitive with benefits, subject to skills and experience
Vacancy ID: 9725
A unique opportunity to be part of a pioneering biomedical research environment, dedicated to innovation and science. We are looking for a highly organised, proactive, experienced and adaptable scientist to join our team and lead the development of a novel method for time-resolved structural analysis of biological processes. To be able to take on this position, you will need to have proven expertise and a strong track record in microfluidics engineering. Expertise in cryo-electron microscopy and/or molecular biology are highly desirable but not essential. Most importantly you should be able and willing to take on new challenges and acquire and apply new expertise in the above areas and make a difference to a dynamic and competitive field.
The successful candidate will develop, improve and implement structural analysis by time-resolved cryo-electron microscopy of biochemical processes. This will primarily involve improvements to the microfluidic- and cryo-EM-based method already in operation, as well as adapting it to the specific biological questions. A full project would encompass the biophysical characterization of the time-scale of a biochemical reaction, the novel design of microfluidics devices capable of mixing and incubating the reactants on this time-scale, the time-resolved preparation of cryo-electron microscopy samples by such microfluidic devices and structural determination by cryo-EM. The successful candidate will actively participate in a number of such ongoing projects, initially focusing on microfluidics aspects but building expertise to eventually lead entire new projects. In parallel the postholder will support and teach members of staff and collaborators.
The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.
An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.
The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe.
The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.
- If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
- For informal inquiries, please contact Dr. Radoslav Enchev directly via email.
- The closing date for applications is 24/02/2019 at 23:00.
- All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.