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ELMI was created in 2001 to establish a unique communication network between European scientists working in the field of light microscopy and the manufacturers of their equipment.

Microscopy Specialist (two roles available), university of Cambridge, UK

Applications are invited for two newly created Microscopy Specialist positions working across the Departments of the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) to underpin these world-class microscopy facilities. The aim of these roles is to maximise the efficient and effective delivery of research projects by providing high level microscopy support, advice, training and maintenance, and to increase access to specialist facilities and equipment.

The role holders will be responsible for delivering vital microscopy training and support for a diverse group of scientists spanning disciplines across SBS. Initially this will be focussed on 8 departments on the Downing and Old Addenbrooke’s sites in central Cambridge, however the number of departments/institutes supported may increase over time. The roles’ remit will range from supporting and advising first-time users to those with substantial previous experience of microscopy, as well as performing regular maintenance of light microscopes.

The roles are critical to the School of Biological Sciences’ research vision objective of enhancing the physical infrastructure (including increasing the programme of maintenance and refurbishment), as well as centralising support for facilities, such as imaging. The roles will also address two of the SBS Research Themes aims, including promoting collaboration and interaction across traditional Departmental boundaries and removing barriers to access research facilities by standardising training.

The roles will initially be hosted in the Department of Genetics, working in close collaboration with a team of imaging experts at the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre (CAIC). To ensure that microscopy training, advice, and equipment access across SBS is at the cutting edge of light microscopy technology, the postholders will also be supported in a technical advisory capacity by the CAIC Senior Technical Developer, while reporting to the Biological Microscopy Coordinator for day-to-day line management.

The role holders will be expected to work closely together to provide a proactive support service that can be tailored to meet the evolving needs of the scientific community in the School. Ongoing training and development in new microscopy techniques and equipment will be essential.

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

For additional information please check the job offer.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 25 June 2023