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Imaging Facility Assistant

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute
Salary: £25,728-£29,799
Reference: PS16315
Category: Assistant staff
Closing date: 2 September 2018

The Wellcome Trust - MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre for stem cell research with a mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem and progenitor cell biology (

We are seeking an Imaging Facility Assistant to join the Advanced Microscopy Facility. This is an exciting opportunity for a light microscopist to apply and develop their skills supporting advanced light microscopy at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (CSCI). The Imaging core facility provides comprehensive bio-imaging facilities to researchers throughout the CSCI and beyond. We cover a broad range of imaging techniques including confocal, 2-photon, spinning disc and live cell microscopy. The core responsibilities of the role will be to ensure that microscopes within the facility are well-maintained and to train users to set up and use the microscopes correctly. The role holder will also be responsible for instrument QC and effective image data management within the facility, as well as being involved in providing researchers with experimental design and image analysis support.

The ideal candidate will be organised with a flexible and cooperative approach to working. Applicants will be able to demonstrate a range of practical skills in imaging, and the ability to troubleshoot microscope problems and effectively liaise with vendors. Experience with either commercial or open-access image analysis software (e.g. Fiji, Imaris, Volocity) is highly desirable.

Applicants will ideally have a degree in biological sciences and experience of working in a research laboratory. Experience in teaching or training users and a background in working in a core facility/service lab would be highly desirable. Knowledge in cell and molecular biology is not essential but beneficial.

Enthusiasm for microscopy and good communication skills are essential.

For informal enquiries relating to this vacancy, please contact

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

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Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 2 September 2018, with interview details to be confirmed.

Please quote reference PS16315 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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