Research Fellow / Microscope Officer

University of Birmingham - Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Contract duration: Until 31 July 2021

COMPARE – the Centre Of Membrane Proteins And Receptors – is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow / Microscope Officer to create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities that will involve use and demonstration of cutting-edge light microscopy including light sheet and super-resolution, providing training and expertise. The individual appointed will be the expert in charge of their day to day operation and all aspects of training. The appointed individual will be the lead microscopist in the Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors which will eventually cover £7.0m of specialist light microscopes.

COMPARE is a joint £10m Signature Institute established jointly by the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham to develop a world-class imaging facility to study membrane proteins and receptors, the target for more than 50% of drugs. Receptors of particular interest are the GPCR and tyrosine kinase families, and recent advances in microscopy, especially super-resolution techniques, enable the study of these remarkable cellular components in unprecedented detail. COMPARE Birmingham already have in place dSTORM, diSPIM and Lattice Light Sheet instruments, whilst COMPARE Nottingham have SIM and extensive FCS facilities. The range of microscopes will be expanded as the centre develops and will follow the state-of-the-art. For further information about the centre, see

The successful applicant will have a strong academic background and experience in a range of microscopy and data interpretation from the advanced microscopes. The post holder must also possess excellent analytical and computational skills.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Steve Watson via email:

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