Research Associate in Brillouin and fluorescence microscopy

Imperial College London - Photonics Research Group, Department of Physics

South Kensington Campus

Duration: Up to 9 months, from January 2017

This is a full-time post funded by the BBSRC as part of a multidisciplinary research project between Imperial College and University of Newcastle to study mechanotransduction, which is the mechanism by which cells convert mechanical stimuli into biochemical and cellular activity, using Brillouin and fluorescence microscopy.

The successful applicant will have a background in developing optical imaging and/or spectroscopy, preferably with experience of biomedical imaging microscopy, designing, building and aligning optical systems, and working with lasers. Their role will be to develop a lab-based combined Brillouin/fluorescence microscopy system for measuring biomechanical properties simultaneously with fluorescence-labelled imaging. This will include the development of appropriate hardware and software, and its use for in vitro imaging of biological samples.

You must hold a degree in physics or biomedical engineering or optical engineering or similar and a PhD or equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience in optical science, including optical imaging and software development for data acquisition and signal processing. You must have experience in the design, construction, testing and implementation of optical imaging and/or spectroscopy systems as well as significant experience of setting up, working and aligning optical systems.  Working with lasers and significant proficiency in software development for computer control of experiments and for data/image processing is also essential. 

Our preferred method of application is online via our website www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords” - vacancy ref NS2016231NT). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also provide a CV including a list of publications.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Judith Baylis, Senior Group Administrator, Tel: +44 (0)207 594 7713; Email: j.baylis@imperial.ac.uk to request an application form

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*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £31,740 – £33,370 per annum.

Closing date: 12 December 2016 (Midnight GMT)

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