Advertising Salary:
£31,350 - £32,315 per annum
Location
AL5 2JQ, Herts, UK
Work Area
Science Capabilities
Closing Date
19 Sep 2022
Overview Of Role

Electron Microscopy specialist

Rothamsted Research's bioimaging facility (https://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/bioimaging) is looking for an enthusiastic and driven electron microscopy specialist to join the team.

Description

The Rothamsted Bioimaging facility provides world-class microscopy services to the researchers at Rothamsted Research, their collaborators, as well as external clients.

The facility harbours a variety of equipment for electron, light and fluorescence microscopy and sample preparation including a JEOL JEM-2100Plus, as well two SEMs, an LV SEM and a FEG SEM both fitted with new Quorum cryo systems. Jointly with the other team members, the electron microscopy expert is expected to give excellent assistance and training to all users of the facility, internal and external.

Tasks

The successful candidate will provide essential electron microscopy services to increase the impact of the research output of the institute and be responsible for assisting researchers in the delivery of a professional and comprehensive EM service. Therefore, the successful candidate should have proven experience in biological scientific research. The service provided will include EM sample preparation and imaging for users, training of new users and assisting users in their imaging experiments. The successful candidate will work closely with the members of the team in order to achieve the facility’s aims of providing access to advanced imaging capabilities through efficient cost recovery. They will also be expected to manage financial resources relevant to the laboratory, including monitoring and ordering consumables and to assist with the preparation of grant proposals and capital equipment bids. They will be responsible for routine microscope maintenance and liaising with engineers and manufacturers to ensure the smooth running of the equipment. An in-depth understanding of electron microscopy hardware, and troubleshooting simple issues is essential.

Your Profile

Required

  • Ph.D. degree in life science area (or equivalent strong research project skills) is required
  • Hands-on experience in diverse sample preparation methods and ultramicrotomy
  • Experienced in the operation of a TEM (advanced EM imaging will be a plus)
  • Highly service-oriented and collaborative mindset
  • Ability to solve technical problems related to equipment and preparation

Good technical skills are essential, as is a meticulous and organized approach. Candidates should have an understanding of cell biological techniques and familiarity with plant/crop/fungal and other biological samples. Further details of the skills required is detailed in the Job Description/Person specification. This is a full-time fixed term appointment in the first instance.  For informal enquiries, please contact [email protected].

About The Company

Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK's leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity as well as creating a positive work life balance, enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.  We have an attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities. Rothamsted Research values its commitment to equality and diversity in its workforce and we particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented within the organisation.

 

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