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QD is expanding its electron microscopy team. We are developing a brand-new product - the Quantum C100 detector - aimed at revolutionising the way cryo-EM is carried out by providing high quality data at 100 keV. We are building on our strong reputation as the leading supplier of 4D STEM direct electron counting detectors in the world with our MerlinEM product range. The CryoEM Application Scientist will shape how we develop, launch and scale this product. As an Application Scientist, your time will be split between working in support of the Sales and Marketing Department and the R&D Department. It is your job to bridge the gap between sales and engineering, to help drive product development and be the in-house expert in scientific techniques using Quantum C100.

Quantum Detectors is a spinout from STFC and Diamond Light Source, based at Harwell Campus. Quantum Detectors develops technology and provides a route to market for instrumentation developed by Diamond, STFC and other internationally renowned facilities. Our products are well respected and installed in leading universities and national labs around the world.             

The successful candidate will join a vibrant team at the Harwell Campus who are passionate about increasing the rate of scientific discovery by delivering cutting edge technology to the world’s leading laboratories. Global travel is a part of this role, with up to 20% of their time being spent in locations commonly including Western Europe, North America and Japan.

Key skills and responsibilities:

  • Be our Cryo-EM applications specialist
  • Translate recent publications into effective information for the Sales team
  • Work on conference materials including posters and presentations
  • Represent Quantum Detectors at conferences
  • Deliver training in and demonstrations of our technology
  • Work with scientists on experiments and new applications using our technology
  • Conduct detector installation and acceptance testing at customer facilities
  • Determine requirements for improvements to our software and hardware products
  • Monitor emerging technology in the field
  • Implement and test existing data acquisition and analysis tools
  • Contribute to future requirements for technical developments

Essential qualifications and experience:

  • Excellent general written and verbal communications skills
  • Degree in Chemistry, Biology or related discipline with at least a 2:1 classification
  • Educated to doctoral level in structural biology or related discipline
  • 3+ years experience as a CryoEM specialist
  • Ability to operate transmission electron microscopes 
  • Experience in image and data processing techniques for biological electron microscopy
  • Familiarity with industry-standard cryoEM control and processing software

Desirable experience:

  • Familiarity with Linux systems
  • Experience with a programming language such as Python
  • Commercial or industry experience would be looked upon favourably

As part of a fast-growing company, you will be expected to have an all hands on deck attitude to work, your role and responsibilities will be dictated by the business needs and will, at times, be outside of those detailed above. 

The successful candidate will become part of a supportive team, benefit from excellent facilities at the world-class Harwell campus (sports facilities, cafes, social club, library, restaurant, etc). 

This permanent full-time position offers a 35-hour working week, 30 days holiday and a generous pension contribution. 

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