Research Associate in Physics
Imperial College London Department of Physics
United Kingdom

 

Job summary

We are seeking to appoint two Research Associates to develop single-objective light sheet microscopy systems– specifically oblique plane microscopy (OPM). The posts are funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), one via a CRUK Accelerator Award and the other via the joint Imperial, Institute of Cancer Research CRUK Convergence Science Centre. When applying, can you please specify which post you are applying for in your cover letter or that you...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00675
  • Date posted 10 March 2020
  • Closing date 10 April 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £45,615 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to appoint two Research Associates to develop single-objective light sheet microscopy systems– specifically oblique plane microscopy (OPM). The posts are funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), one via a CRUK Accelerator Award and the other via the joint Imperial, Institute of Cancer Research CRUK Convergence Science Centre. When applying, can you please specify which post you are applying for in your cover letter or that you wish to be considered for both vacancies.

Duties and responsibilities

Your role will be to develop single-objective light sheet microscopy systems – specifically oblique plane microscopy (OPM) – to study questions in cancer biology in 3D and/or in high throughput. This will include designing, developing, building, testing and aligning state-of-the-art optical systems. It will also include developing software to control the image acquisition process, developing software to provide high-speed pre-processing of the image data and developing software for image analysis and quantification. The hardware and software that we develop will be shared openly. You will play a critical role in shaping the OPM instrument and how it is designed and configured for different applications.

The CRUK Convergence Science Centre vacancy will be based in the Department of Physics at Imperial and you will work closely with biology collaborators across Imperial and the ICR to apply the OPM system to study cancer biology. You will also help analyse the resulting 3D image data from such assays, including the development, evaluation and refinement of new image processing tools. You will provide support and training to research staff and PhD students associated with the Centre.

The Acceleratory Award vacancy will predominantly work in London at Imperial, the Crick and the ICR, and later you will need to work closely with colleagues at Edinburgh and Barcelona, which will include visits to their laboratories. You will help colleagues at partner sites to use the instruments developed to implement and optimise assays of 3D cancer models. You will also help analyse the resulting 3D image data from such assays, including the development, evaluation and refinement of new image processing tools. You will provide support and training to research staff and PhD students associated with the Accelerator project and to external collaborators where approved by the Accelerator Steering Committee.

Essential requirements

You must hold a degree or equivalent in physics, engineering or similar and hold or be about to obtain a PhD, or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience, in optical science, including fluorescence imaging and software development for signal/image processing

You must also meet the following essential criteria.

  • Evidence of significant experience of the design, construction and testing of fluorescence imaging systems
  • Proficiency in the alignment of complex optical imaging systems
  • Experience in development of software for computer control of experiments
  • Evidence of significant proficiency in the use of computers for image processing and analysis

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566  per annum.

More information about the Department of Physics, and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

The Department of Physics is an IOP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Judith Baylis Senior Section Administrator – j.baylis@imperial.ac.uk; Queries relating to the research projects should be directed to Chris Dunsby – christopher.dunsby@imperial.ac.uk

For any technical queries during the application process, contact recruitment@imperial.ac.uk


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