STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
£30,782 – £42,576 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) provides scientists from the UK and Europe with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology, used in areas ranging from fundamental physics to biomedical science.
About the role
This is a “link scientist” role within the CLF’s Octopus facility, which develops and operates advanced optical microscopes for the academic and industrial user community. The facility offers state-of-the-art techniques including super-resolution methods (e.g. STED, STORM), single-molecule localization and tracking, FLIM/PLIM, light-sheet microscopy, and optical trapping. Developments ongoing or planned include super-resolution microscopy under cryogenic conditions, 3D 4Pi microscopy, iPALM, and correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM). Octopus scientists are world leaders in advanced optical microscopy instrumentation and techniques, working closely with facility users to ensure the delivery of a high quality collaborative science programme.
Main responsibilities are:
- supporting facility users with advanced microscopy techniques and data acquisition. You will be supported by the Octopus team who provide assistance in other areas, e.g. sample preparation and data analysis
- developing new microscopy techniques and instrumentation, particularly focused on 3D super-resolution microscopy, correlative methods, and complex workflows.
You will disseminate your work through journal publications and conference presentations.
There is a requirement for travel to conferences and meetings, including internationally.
You will hold a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline.
You will have significant experience in the exploitation or development of advanced optical microscopy techniques and instrumentation, and a track record of experience with at least one of the techniques available, under development or planned in Octopus (e.g. STED or 4Pi microscopy).
It is desirable for you to have experience in one or more of the following:
- working in a team developing and delivering advanced microscopy/optical methods
- working in a multidisciplinary environment,
- microscopy data analysis
- correlative light and electron microscopy.
What we offer
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences.
How to Apply
Applicants should include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.
Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.
The closing date for applications is 9th May 2019. We will be interviewing applicants on an ongoing basis and the position may be offered before the closing date.