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Cryo-Electron Microscopy Training Scientist

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This role will be essential in supporting eBIC’s user programme by providing both training, workshops and operational support, as well as contributing to in-house research and development projects.

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Training Scientist

Harwell, Oxfordshire

Salary £33,963 - £51,517 dependent upon skills and experience

Full time / Flexible hours considered

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for both academic and industrial research, across a wide range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

The Electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC) at Diamond 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.

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for a CryoEM Training Scientist to join the growing eBIC team and contribute to the continued success of our world-leading scientific facility.

This role will be essential in supporting eBIC’s user programme by providing both training, workshops and operational support, as well as contributing to in-house research and development projects.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing training to external and in-house users, including sample preparation, microscope operation and data analysis.
  • Organize regular training workshops in eBIC, and in collaboration with CCP-EM and other cryoEM facilities.
  • Contributing to day-to-day operations of eBIC by assisting with external user experiments as a local contact.
  • Developing your own research, in an area relevant to eBIC and disseminating the results.
  • Giving advice to users on proposal submissions and helping to develop the user community.
  • Actively participating in eBIC reviews including preparation of documentation, contributing to identify areas for improvement.

You will also coordinate, develop, implement and run a training programmes in cryoEM to suit the variable and evolving needs of eBIC’s user base.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to the management and funding of the eBIC training programme, working with senior eBIC staff to attract external funding through writing of grant proposals.
  • Contributing to the management of the eBIC training budget.
  • Collaborating and coordinating with other CryoEM centres and facilities to leverage training resources and aid in the establishment of a UK wide training programme.

Successful applicants will be appointed at either Grade 5 or 4, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

About You

You will have a PhD in science, ideally in the biological/biophysical sciences, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will demonstrate significant experience in working within a scientific or academic environment, with experience in CryoEM essential, including a track record in CryoEM related research, experience with handling of biological samples, high-resolution data collection and data processing/analysis.  

You will also have experience in the operation of transmission electron microscopes especially for structural biology applications, as well as experience with Windows/Linux/Unix.

You should also be able to demonstrate experience of designing and delivering training.

You will display the ability to design, plan, organise and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe, as well as the ability to lead your own research project including budget and resource management.

You will demonstrate exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, with the ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with staff and facility users at all levels


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent 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

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 39 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.

The closing date for applications is 30th November 2020.


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