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Principal Electron Microscopy Scientist - job post

Diamond Light Source
3.7 out of 5
Didcot
£56,199 - £66,177 a year - Permanent, Full-time
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  • £56,199 - £66,177 a year

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Didcot

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Based onsite - Diamond Light Source


About Us

The electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC) at Diamond Light Source is the UK National Centre for cryo-electron microscopy in the life sciences. eBIC provides scientists with state-of-the-art equipment and expertise in the field of cryo-electron microscopy (CryoEM), for single particle analysis, cryo-electron tomography and electron crystallography. Together with eBIC for Industry, our site hosts eight TEM microscopes for the life sciences (5 Titan Krios's, 1 Talos Arctica, 2 Glacios's), 2 Dual Beam SEM’s capable of lamella milling (Scios and Aquilos 2 with cryo lift out) and a Leica cryoCLEM.


Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron facility and as such, eBIC benefits from the synchrotron’s extensive user and data management resources for CryoEM and opportunities to collaborate with state-of-the-art beamlines at Diamond. Furthermore, eBIC and Diamond’s location at Harwell provides a unique environment to accelerate the development of the technique with partnerships in place with the Rosalind Franklin Institute (additional cutting-edge cryoEM instruments), the Research Complex at Harwell and CCP-EM).


About the Role

We now have an opportunity at group-leader level for a Principal EM Scientist to underpin and further develop eBIC as a leading centre for cryoEM. eBIC together with B24, which provides a full-field cryo X-ray transmission microscope and a bespoke 3D super resolution fluorescence cryo-imaging microscope, makeup the Biological Cryo-Imaging group at Diamond. We work closely with the Imaging and Microscopy group at Diamond, in particular ePSIC, the physical sciences electron imaging centre. We provide an extraordinarily strong imaging platform for using electrons, X-rays and visible light to image a diverse range of samples across a range of length and time scales.


As a Principal EM Scientist at eBIC you will lead a small team of scientists to establish a competitive research programme which exploits the capabilities of eBIC and Diamond in general and to take part in the management of the operation, maintenance, and development of eBIC. We are particularly keen to attract applicants with an interest in cryo-ET and correlative imaging.


To facilitate establishing your research programme, funding for a post-doctoral research fellow is available, subject to a suitable case being made, as well as the opportunity for PhD studentships within Diamond’s PhD programme. Diamond’s scientific software, controls and computation department provides support and development in data acquisition and analysis across all instruments and the applicant will have the opportunity to work closely with these groups to deliver software projects. On the wetlab side, eBIC has state-of-the-art laboratories for structural and cellular biology including specialised platforms for integral membrane proteins. Instrumentation and software development is facilitated by dedicated support from Diamond’s computing, engineering, and scientific software groups as well as partnerships with CCP-EM and the recently established Rosalind Franklin Institute amongst others.


We also expect candidates to apply for external grant funding through national and international funding agencies to take full advantage of the stimulating and exciting research environment at Diamond.


About You

You will hold an appropriate first degree and higher (PhD, MSc) degree or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.


Suitable candidates will have expertise and a track-record in cryoEM methods. A strong background in cryoEM and/or cryoET instrumentation and software development and user service and communication are desirable.


You will demonstrate the ability to lead your own research project, to manage a small team and to manage budgets and resources for beamline operations and upgrade projects.


Benefits

Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 26 days annual leave plus Christmas closure, public holidays, 2 annual volunteering days and flexible working hours. We also offer an excellent defined benefit pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.


To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role and should include a summary of current and future research plans (max 3 pages).


The initial closing date for applications is 12th May 2024, however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.


Other information
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  • Life at Diamond
  • Nuvos Pension Scheme

Diamond is open to different ways of working and we are committed to supporting our employees to have more flexibility and autonomy over where, when and how long they work.

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements, secondment and job share opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 44 different nationalities. Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level Two.

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