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Beamline Scientist, B24

Diamond Light Source

Location: Didcot
Salary: £33,297 to £39,172 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,048)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th August 2019
Closes: 17th September 2019
Job Ref: 10252

Didcot, Oxfordshire

B24 [] is the soft X-ray tomography and super resolution fluorescence microscopy beamline at Diamond offering state-of-the-art cryo-biological imaging facilities.

The full field cryo X-ray microscope at B24 provides for X-ray tomographic imaging at a resolution of up to 25nm and allows acquisition of tomographic data from both native and fluorescent-labelled samples. The super resolution fluorescence microscope at B24 is a joint project with Micron [] at the University of Oxford. The techniques allow the visualisation of the ultrastructure of cells and tissue as well as chemical localisation of associated substructures and biomolecules and provide large-scale cellular context for analysis.

B24 is part of the recently established Biological Cryo-Imaging group [] at Diamond which together with the capabilities of the physical science Imaging and Microscopy group [] provide a platform for using electrons, X-rays and visible light to image an array of samples across a diverse range of length and time scales.

We are now seeking an enthusiastic scientist with a background in biological imaging and fluorescence microscopy. You will have expertise in handling biological samples, data acquisition and analysis. Experience in maintaining and developing microscopy instrumentation would be advantageous.

As a Beamline Scientist, you will work closely with the Principal Beamline Scientist of B24 together with scientists, engineers and software groups in the imaging groups at Diamond to support the continued development and evolution of B24, including user support. Future upgrade paths will look into new ways of sample delivery, use of phase contrast X-ray imaging and establishing robust correlative imaging workflows (correlative cryo-fluorescence and cryo-soft X-ray microscopy, cryo-CLXM and cryo-CLEM).

As the Beamline Scientist, you will be expected to develop an internationally competitive research programme which exploits the capabilities of B24 and Diamond in general. You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories for structural and cellular biology embedded at the beamline and within the Research Complex at Harwell to pursue your research. Diamond has a competitively funded PhD studentship programme and support for external grant funding through national and international funding agencies to take full advantage of the stimulating and exciting international research environment at Diamond is also provided.

You should have a track record in microscopy for imaging of biological samples. Experience in project management and/or a track record in development and commissioning of instrumentation is desirable.

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Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 39 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (78% men and 22% women as at 5 April 2019). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women. 

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

To apply, please visit our website.

Diamond are members of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and we have achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One.

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