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Electron Microscopy (EM) Research Specialist

University of Cambridge - MRC Toxicology Unit

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £30,942 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 16th September 2020
Closes: 19th October 2020
Job Ref: PU24108

We are looking to appoint an EM Research Specialist to join the EM & Ultrastructural Pathology Facility at the MRC Toxicology Unit, University of Cambridge.  The Facility performs a fundamental role at the heart of the Unit's research providing expertise in experimentation and processing on a broad range of samples for molecular and cellular toxicology. 

As the Unit's EM Research Specialist you will be responsible for providing high quality imaging for the Toxicology Unit's scientific programmes.  This includes initial research consultation, sample preparation, image acquisition and data processing for scientists and students.  You will work on several of the Unit's EM research projects involving large-volume SEM and 3D-TEM, providing specialist technical support in order to develop the translation of basic research into clinically and public health-relevant outcomes. 

You will have a degree in a scientific discipline, preferably with a PhD.  Experience in the following is essential, but are not limited to:

  • Light and electron microscopy including maintenance, preparatory expertise and screening, data collection, refinement and immuno-gold labelling
  • Operation of large-volume Scanning EM (SEM) as well as conventional SEM
  • Image processing techniques for 3D reconstruction

You will also be an excellent communicator and team player, with the ability to manage a laboratory including health and safety, purchasing and equipment maintenance.

The Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit is an internationally renowned institution focussed on the delivery of field-changing mechanistic insights into toxicology and disease. The Unit will be moving into the newly refurbished Gleeson building, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge from November 2020.

This is an open-ended position funded by the MRC.

Further information on the Toxicology Unit can be found at (

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Informal enquiries are invited and can be directed to Nobuhiro Morone at

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Rebecca Heatherley at

Please quote reference PU24108 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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