Research Associate

Imperial College London - Photonics Group, Department of Physics

South Kensington Campus

Salary: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum* (Maximum salary on appointment will be up to £43,050 per annum)

Fixed term appointment up to 32 months, available from 1 October 2017

Applications are invited for a full-time post funded by a CRUK Multidisciplinary Project Award led by Dr Chris Dunsby at Imperial College London and Dr Chris Bakal at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). The project will be carried out in collaboration with Dr Erik Sahai’s Lab at the Francis Crick Institute. The aim of this project is to develop and apply a unique single-objective light sheet microscopy system – an oblique plane microscope – to study the ability of cancer cells to metastasise, which is a key step in the progression of cancer.

The main duties of this post include the design, construction, testing and application of optical systems for light sheet fluorescence microscopy. The post will also involve developing and applying software to control automated imaging, including time-lapse 3D imaging in multiwell plates, and to achieve automated 3D image analysis and quantification of large time-lapse 3D datasets. The post will also involve working closely with collaborators at the ICR and Crick to develop sample preparation strategies and to image samples.

You must have a degree (or equivalent) in physics, engineering or similar and a PhD or equivalent experience in optical science including fluorescence imaging and software development for signal/image processing. Significant experience of the design, construction and testing of fluorescence imaging systems and their application to the study of biological samples. Proficiency in the alignment of complex optical imaging systems and in development of software for computer control of experiments and for 3D image processing and analysis is also essential, as well as experience of LabVIEW and MATLAB. Knowledge of 3D fluorescence imaging techniques such as confocal and light sheet microscopy is also essential. Experience of light sheet fluorescence microscopy, optical design software such as ZEMAX and working with single mode optical fibres and knowledge of image segmentation approaches and image processing algorithms and procedures are highly desirable. Experience of Java and/or C/C++ is also highly desirable.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website: (Please select “Job Search”, then enter the job title or vacancy reference number: NS2017170NT into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV and a list of publications, and the names of three referees.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact the Judith Baylis, Senior Section Administrator, at

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

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Closing Date: 25 September 2017 (Midnight BST)

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. The Department of Physics is also an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner.

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