Deadline: 2018-09-30

Location: London, UK

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Type: Academic staff

Open Date
07/09/2018, 15:35
Close Date
30/09/2018, 23:55

MRC London Institute of Medical Science

Based in West London, the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences is an Institute of the Medical Research Council and an academic division of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. Research activity is organised around three major themes: Epigenetics, Integrative Biology and Genes and Metabolism, addressing key questions underpinning human health and disease.

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MRC – 5


£27,077 – £30,852 inclusive of allowances


Technical & Scientific Professionals

Full Time

Advanced light microscopical techniques are invaluable tools to study many biological problems. Research in the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences covers a wide range of subjects from the subcellular localization of proteins to the development of entire organisms and is supported by a well equipped and expanding light microscopy facility which comprises several confocal microscopes, super-resolution instruments for SIM, STORM and STED, a light sheet setup as well as a variety of widefield fluorescence microscopes including a Deltavision and a laser-microdissection platform.

The post-holder will provide user training on the different microscope systems and technical support on all aspects of optical imaging. This will also involve participation in research projects.

Main duties:

  • Training users on facility microscope systems, this involves teaching the correct and safe use of light microscopes and the associated hard-and software.
  • Supporting and advising facility users on experimental design and imaging techniques.
  • Troubleshooting of microscope and imaging problems reported by users.
  • Collaborating with LMS groups on specific research projects involving microscopic imaging and assisting with image processing/analysis.
  • Ensure optimum performance of the instruments, carry out routine maintenance of the imaging systems; arrange service and repair of equipment as well as data backup.

Working Relationships:

The post-holder will report to the Head of the Microscopy facility, Dr Dirk Dormann, and collaborate with other facility staff. Due to the training and support role the post-holder will interact with a large number of facility users. The post holder will liaise with external companies and engineers to arrange system service and repair.

Education / Qualifications / Training required (will be assessed from application form):


  • Bachelor degree with relevant experience
  • Proven research experience using fluorescence imaging techniques including confocal microscopy


  • Masters degree in imaging/bioimaging
  • Familiarity with Leica confocal microscopes

Previous work experience required (will be assessed from application form):


  • Sound understanding of light microscopical principles and techniques
  • A good understanding of all aspects of digital imaging from acquisition to image processing and analysis (hard-and software)
  • Experience in relevant software packages for microscopic imaging, image processing and visualisatio

Knowledge and experience (will be assessed from application form and at interview):


  • Advanced computer skills on different platforms (PC/Apple)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to interact effectively with facility users


  • Experience in computer programming for image analysis
  • Previous experience of supporting and training others scientists in microscopy and imaging


Applicants should submit one CV, a covering letter stating your motivation why you are applying for this role

and names and contacts of 2 scientific references. Please quote reference number LMS-921.

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.

The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As “Disability Confident” employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.