Cryo-electron Microscopy Scientist x 2

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Job Title Cryo-electron Microscopy Scientist x 2
Job Reference 0079/16/CH
Post Type Full time / 3 year fixed term contract
Division Life Science
Salary information £32,480 to £38,211 (Discretionary range to £43,943)
Application deadline 20/11/2016

Job Description

eBIC (electron Bio-Imaging Centre) at Diamond Light Source provides scientists with state-of-the-art experimental equipment and expertise in the field of cryo-electron microscopy, for single particle analysis and cryo-tomography. Funded by the Wellcome Trust with the UK Medical Research and Biotechnology and Biology Research Councils, eBIC provides a cutting edge National Centre for cryo-electron microscopy in the life sciences. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in South Oxfordshire and integrated within Diamond Light source the centre provides a unique platform to exploit electron, light and synchrotron imaging capabilities through an integrated approach in the life sciences.

Two new Cryo-EM scientists’ posts are now available at eBIC providing exciting opportunities to join our growing eBIC team. The successful candidates will work on the development and provision of high-end cryo-electron microscopy for our user community. They will form part of our outstanding electron microscopy team and contribute their in depth experience to our In-house research programme and running of a 3D cryo EM facility. In particular they will provide expert guidance, training and advice in areas covering sample preparation and the methods and application of single particle EM, tomography and image processing, as well as analysis and interpretation of EM maps. As part of the eBIC team you will also contribute to our developing In-house structural biology and methods development research programmes.


The primary role of the cryo-EM scientist at eBIC is twofold: contribute to the research and development program and to support the day-to-day operation of our Titan Krios 300 keV microscopes.

Responsibilities / duties:

  • Contribute to and participate in research projects on-going at eBIC
  • Contribute to operation and maintenance of eBIC microscopes
  • Assist in the operation of eBIC for users including carrying out a user support role via the local contact system
  • Assist in instrumentation upgrades to eBIC as required
  • Promote the facility to the science community through presentations at conferences, workshops etc. 

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Appropriate PhD and relevant experience;
  • Extensive experience in the operation of transmission electron microscopes;
  • Experience in biological sample preparation cryo-electron microscopy experiments;
  • Good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills and the ability to interact with staff and facility users at all levels;
  • Good organisational and planning skills;
  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional weekend and out-of hours working both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • Experience in supporting scientists in the conduct of research at large scale facilities;
  • Experience in scanning electron microscopy;
  • Experience in the use of focused ion beam/Scanning electron microscopes for high-resolution structural analysis;
  • Experience in cryo-electron tomography microscopy.

Further Information

Available to travel occasionally in UK and overseas including overnight absences.

Diamond is one of the UK's leading research institutions, enabling scientific breakthroughs in many disciplines. Being a part of the Diamond team allows our staff to shape some of the most important and exciting scientific projects being undertaken anywhere in the UK. Diamond is a family friendly employer, with a competitive pension scheme and benefits packages including relocation where appropriate. We provide continuous learning for our staff, with training and development opportunities available across the organisation. The Diamond site is located in the beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. We share a site with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the Research Complex at Harwell, the pulsed neutron and muon source, ISIS and the European Space Agency, amongst others. Diamond has an active PhD fellowship program and participates in a number of doctoral training centres funded by the BBSRC, MRC and the Wellcome trust in partnership with universities throughout the UK. This diverse and vibrant campus brings together some of the leading research facilities in the UK on one site with good access to local towns and cities, and excellent schools.

Applying for employment

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