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Microscopy Link Scientist

Microscopy Link Scientist Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire £39,748 - £44,166 per annum Full time Permanent Excellent opportunity for a dedicated Researcher to work in a leading science environment offering exceptional employee benefits.

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations, and some of the world’s most dedicated staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology / engineering. STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) provides scientists with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology to carry out a broad range of experiments in physics, chemistry and biology.


STFC is one of nine partner organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); an organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.


About The Role

We now have an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled microscopy scientist with relevant experience to develop a long term career at the CLF’s Octopus Microscopy Facility. Octopus is a national imaging facility developing and offering expert access to leading optical microscopy techniques.


You will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists, who are responsible for supporting an interdisciplinary user program of the facility, working closely with the rest of the Octopus team and with external scientists.


An important part of the link scientist role is to enhance the capabilities of the facility by developing new microscopy techniques and methodologies, working with other members of the Octopus team. Link scientists are also encouraged to develop and lead their own collaborative research programmes.


This is an excellent opportunity for an emerging scientist to develop further: the successful candidate will have a stimulating work environment with exposure to pioneering technology and fantastic prospects to do collaborative research with some of the world-leading groups in the field.


About You

You will have completed a PhD in a relevant area and experience in Light Sheet Microscopy and/or Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy (STED) would be advantageous. However we will also consider applicants with significant experience of using one or more of the other microscopy techniques offered by Octopus ( Experience in microscope technique development would also be valuable.

You must be capable of delivering high quality scientific and experimental work, and demonstrate scope for creativity and adaptive thinking in applying existing methods and techniques, and developing new ones.


With a professional and practical approach and an analytical, logical and quick-learning mind, you will also be able to communicate effectively with the operational team and facility users.


Excellent organisational and planning skills also are required for this role.


There will be opportunity to represent the facility at scientific conferences and other national and international forums.


Employee Benefits:

We are offering a permanent position that provides a whole host of family friendly benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), an excellent pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance.


UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.


To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2021.