Optical Microscopy Support Specialist
Post Details
Job Title
Optical Microscopy Support Specialist
Post Number
1003633
Closing Date
7 Mar 2019
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,250 - £38,100
Hours per week
37
Expected/Ideal Start Date
08 Apr 2019
Months Duration
Indefinite
Interview Date
21 Mar 2019

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Applications are invited for an Optical Microscopy Support Specialist to join the Bioimaging Facility at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

The post will become part of a team of 5 staff within the Bioimaging facility. They will specifically help to look after all the light microscopes and the associated equipment, teaching users and providing technical support, including doing some sample prep, and also help with the development of advanced optical technologies such as FRET, FLIM, SIM and STORM. They will work closely with the Senior Optical Microscopist, Dr Eva Wegel, and provide cover in her absence.

Key Relationships

The post will work most closely with Eva Wegel, the Senior Optical Microscopist, and be line managed by Kim Findlay, the head of the Bioimaging Facility. The post will not have any line management duties. They will be expected to work as part of a scientific support team, delivering a professional and high-quality service to the scientists. Other group members work as electron microscopists. They will be expected to interact with researchers, staff and students across the Institute.


Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Teaching users and providing technical support in all aspects of light microscopy.
50
Sample prep for optical microscopy.
20
Technique development for optical microscopy.
20
Basic maintenance of optical equipment.
5
Administrative duties, database management etc.
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role.

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
BSc in Biological sciences or physics
Essential
MSc or PhD in Biological sciences or optical engineering
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to remain calm and trouble-shoot problems quickly
Essential
Ability to learn quickly and handle complex ideas
Essential
Knowledge of advanced techniques such as FRET, FLIM, SIM
Desirable
Experience in image analysis
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Extensive practical experience in light microscopy, especially in confocal microscopy
Essential
Good computing knowledge
Essential
A good grounding in cell biology
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Essential
Good communication skills
Essential
Confidence to teach and demonstrate clearly to a variety of audiences
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
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
Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations and/or seminars
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Department

Cell & Developmental Biology

Development continues throughout the life of the plant. While many linear pathways affecting development have been discovered and are illustrated by elegant genetic studies, the challenge of the future will be for us to understand how these developmental pathways are integrated, both with themselves as well as with environmental signals, to enable a mature plant to grow from a seed.  Guided by evolutionary principles, the Department uses its knowledge of biological processes obtained in laboratory organisms such as Arabidopsis to understand processes in crop plants such as Brassicas and cereals.  To study this interaction of the plant genome with internal developmental networks and the environment, the Department uses a combination of genetic, cell biological, molecular and evolutionary strategies. The insights we are gaining provide both an increasingly detailed knowledge of the proteins involved in diverse regulatory mechanisms and a conceptual framework in which this knowledge can be related and eventually integrated into a molecular description of plant cell function.   The knowledge the department is creating is relevant to agriculture. Genes that control plant stature, form, over-wintering responses and growth are potentially useful for improving crop performance.

Group Details

Bioimaging is a platform technology covering all aspects of light and electron microscopy to support the needs of the science at JIC. To a lesser extent they also support some of the imaging needs across the wider Norwich Research Park. The post will be part of the Bioimaging team, based within the department of Cell and Developmental Biology at JIC. The group is headed by Senior Scientist, Kim Findlay, who specialises in electron microscopy. The facility is run as a scientific service under fEC principles but works closely with the scientists in a very collaborative way, ensuring they get the best imaging results possible. Research at the John Innes Centre is focused on plants and microbes, although the facility occasionally has to deal with other types of biological samples from the wider research park.

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Optical Microscopy Support Specialist

Applications are invited for an Optical Microscopy Support Specialist to join the Bioimaging Facility at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.

Background:

The Bioimaging Facility contains state of the art equipment including a super-resolution microscope, 6 confocal microscopes, several wide-field systems, a transmission electron microscope, 2 scanning electron microscopes and the latest specimen preparation equipment.

The successful candidate will join a diverse team of skilled facility staff (totalling 5 F.T.E.) working together to offer high-quality training, technical support, sample preparation and imaging services.

The role:

This position is focused on optical microscopy support. The Facility currently has a range of 14 optical microscope systems which the candidate will be expected to help support. They will be heavily involved in training the users of these instruments and may be expected to spend some time on sample prep and developing advanced techniques.

The ideal candidate:

Applicants should have extensive practical experience in light microscopy, good communication skills, enthusiasm for helping our broad range of users achieve their research aims and for assisting in driving the facility forward as it adopts new technologies. An understanding of some of the more advanced optical microscopy techniques and image analysis is highly desirable. Candidates with considerable practical experience in confocal microscopy and good image analysis skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full time post offered on a permanent basis.

Interviews will be held on 21 March 2019.

Initial informal enquiries may be addressed to Kim.Findlay@jic.ac.uk

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The closing date for applications will be 7 March 2019.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.