Research Associate

Imperial College London - Photonics Group, Department of Physics

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,238 – £34,040 per annum.

Campus: South Kensington Campus

Fixed term: from 1 April 2018 up to 24 months

We are seeking an experimental optical microscopist to work on developing an automated microscope system combined with microfluidics to monitor time evolution of bacterial cells aiming to evaluate how they are affected by external stresses.

It is expected that the appointee will have experience in microscopy, instrument control and microfluidics. A fluorescent microscope will be used in conjunction with differential phase imaging in the first instance to monitor bacterial cells captured in microfluidic chamber. A control software will be developed during the course of this project that captures images from a camera, processes these images and performs system adjustments, such as microscope stage position, focus control and interaction with the microfluidic chamber. If necessary structured illumination might be implemented to improve resolution in which case the post holder will also be responsible for developing data acquisition and instrument control for this imaging mode.

Essential Criteria:

  • The successful candidate should have a PhD or have an equivalent level of professional qualification in optical microscopy, data acquisition and instrument control
  • Strong record of research experience in microscopy, instrument control, and microfluidics
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to draft papers
  • Knowledge of image processing techniques
  • Knowledge of optical microscopy, programming, data acquisition and instrument control

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 –

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Thank you for your interest in this post. We look forward to receiving your application.

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