Vacancy Details: Microscopist

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Quadram Institute Bioscience

The Quadram Institute is at the forefront of a new interface between food science, gut biology and health, developing solutions to worldwide challenges in food-related disease and human health.

We are engaged in fundamental and translational food and health research, alongside clinical studies, endoscopy and industry, working together to become a leading international hub for food and health research, combining scientific excellence and clinical expertise, delivering impacts on patient care and accelerating innovation.

In preparation for the full opening of the Quadram Institute in 2018, the Institute of Food Research transitioned into Quadram Institute Bioscience on April 28th 2017.

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Post Number1003420
Job TitleMicroscopist
Closing Date20 Mar 2018
Starting Salary£31,250 - £38,100
Hours per week 18.5
Expected/Ideal Start Date 01 Apr 2018
Months Duration 24
Flexible Options
Part Time

Main purpose of the job The position is a part time post (0.5 FTE) to work with the existing microscopist at Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) to provide optical and electron microscopy expertise to QIB scientists and to provide training in optical and confocal microscopy. The job will involve working independently with scientists at QIB to determine and provide advice on the most appropriate preparation and imaging methodology required to achieve their scientific objectives. The post-holder will be responsible for preparing samples for microscopy and imaging them using electron (SEM and TEM), optical and confocal microscopy. The post-holder will also be responsible for training users in optical and confocal microscopy to enable scientists to use the microscopes themselves where appropriate. Full training will be given in areas where the post-holder is less experienced. Other duties would include record-keeping, allocation of costs to projects, helping to manage the image database and general lab management duties.
Department Analytical Sciences Unit
Group Details The QIB microscopy staff work with QIB scientists to provide high quality microscopy expertise and support in sample preparation and imaging to enable QIB scientists to achieve their research objectives. The team also provides image interpretation where appropriate. The team forms part of QIB’s Analytical Sciences Unit which provides QIB with state of the art instrumentation and analytical expertise across a range of platforms including NMR, infrared and mass spectrometries, statistics and chemometrics.
Advert Text Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) is looking to recruit an experienced, part time Microscopist to join our Analytical Sciences Unit.

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual with a background in science and microscopy to become involved with a broad range of research projects at QIB, working closely with researchers to provide high quality imaging expertise to enable them to achieve their research objectives. The Quadram Institute is a new interdisciplinary research institute at the forefront of a new era in food and health research. It brings together clinical and non-clinical scientists in a new state-of-the-art building due for completion later in 2018. It is based on the Norwich Research Park, one of the largest centres of life sciences in Europe, and home of the John Innes Centre, The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The Earlham Institute and the University of East Anglia.

The role:
The post-holder will work with the existing Microscopist and researchers across QIB to provide expertise in sample preparation and imaging methodologies. They will interact closely with researchers working on a wide range of projects in the areas of food science, microbiology and gut health to develop sample preparation and imaging solutions to enable them to achieve their research objectives.

The main purpose of the role will be to develop and implement methodologies to prepare and image samples to produce high quality images and also to provide expertise in image interpretation where appropriate. The role will also involve general laboratory work, image database management and management of project budgets and allocation and scheduling of work. The post-holder will also provide training in optical, and possibly confocal, microscopy to staff and students.

The ideal candidate:
The successful candidate should possess a degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences, a PhD is desirable but not essential. Candidates should possess post graduate research experience involving optical and or electron microscopy. They should have a broad knowledge of biological systems relevant to QIB research in order to discuss scientific and technical issues with research scientists, together with excellent organisational and project management skills. Full training will be given in areas where the post-holder is less experienced.

Additional information:
This is a part-time position (18.5 hours per week) for a period of 2 years. Salary on appointment will be within the range £15,625 to £19,050 per annum depending on qualifications and experience (based on a fulltime equivalent salary of £31,250 - £38,100).

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003420.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sectors of society. The Institute supports equality of opportunity within the workplace and expects all employees to share and display these values. To support our commitment, we have a range of family, faith and diversity friendly working arrangements to help all staff achieve excellence in their area of work.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.
Key relationships The job will involve discussing requirements with scientists throughout QIB regarding their research objectives to determine appropriate microscopy methods and to implement the agreed methods to produce relevant and high quality images. Further discussions with the scientists may be required to provide image interpretation. The post-holder will work alongside the other microscopist, who is also part time, to provide full time microscopy support for QIB. The post-holder will be located in QIBs Analytical Sciences Unit (ASU), led by Dr Kate Kemsley, which provides essential analytical expertise to QIB science. The post will be line managed by Dr Klaus Wellner at QIB. The electron microscopes are based in the Bioimaging facility at the John Innes Centre (JIC), headed by Kim Findlay, who is a supervisor for this post.
Main Activities & ResponsibilitiesPercentage
Designing and implementing appropriate methodologies for sample preparation for imaging in order to produce high quality images. 30
Imaging samples using SEM, TEM, optical and confocal, and training users in optical and confocal microscopy. Providing interpretation of images where appropriate. 20
Discussing research objectives with QIB scientists in order to provide expert advice on microscopy techniques to best meet their requirements 15
Responsible for tracking samples and associated records, updating SOPs and maintaining the Microscopy Image Database.10
Budget-holder on the Microscopy service budget. Monitoring the budget alongside costing, allocating and scheduling microscopy work for scientists. 10
General laboratory duties including preparing buffers, reagents etc and making coated TEM grids and making glass knives. 5
Quality assurance – updating SOPs and storing images on the Microscopy Image Database. Keeping a record of experimental information on the sample worksheets and lab book / electronic lab book.5
Health and safety responsibilities: ensuring correct labelling of waste containers and providing clear instructions for the disposal of different types of waste. Updating SOPs to include clear, up-to-date safety information.5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Education & QualificationsRequirementImportance
Degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences or related subjectEssential
PhD in relevant subject areaDesirable

Specialist Knowledge & SkillsRequirementImportance
Good working knowledge of biological sciences relevant to QIB research areasEssential
Postgraduate research experience involving optical and electron microscopy techniques.Essential
Ability to understand research objectives to inform the development of appropriate microscopy methodologies.Desirable

Relevant ExperienceRequirementImportance
Laboratory research experience handling and manipulating biological samples.Essential
Experience in preparing samples for optical and electron microscopyEssential
Budget management experienceDesirable

Interpersonal & Communication SkillsRequirementImportance
Ability to communicate well on a scientific and technical level with research scientists across QIBEssential
Ability to work independently, flexibly and manage time working with a number of QIB scientists.Essential
Good organisational and project management skillsEssential

Additional RequirementsRequirementImportance
Promotes equality and values diversityEssential
Ability to train and teach staff and students in optical and confocal microscopy methodsEssential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to workEssential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required Essential