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Microscopy Innovation Centre Manager

King's College London - Microscopy Innovation Centre - Research Platforms

Location: London
Salary: £51,497 to £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 29th February 2024
Closes: 27th March 2024
Job Ref: 085446
 

Job description

We have a vacancy in the Research Management & Innovation Directorate of King’s College London for the role of Microscopy Innovation Centre Manager (MIC).

This role provides an exciting opportunity to manage, develop and shape the newly refurbished Microscopy Innovation Centre (MIC) at King’s. The MIC is a centrally managed open access core facility enabling bespoke, specialist optical microscopy instrumentation to be developed, and used by internal and external researchers.

The role works closely with the Associate Director of Core Facilities, the Academic Director of the MIC, and the Business Development Manager (microscopy) to manage the day-to-day operations of the MIC and its staff. This includes, but is not limited to, building, and optimising developmental microscopy systems and associated data analysis pipelines. This role works closely with researchers from our life sciences research communities, helping to strengthen their knowledge of state-of-the-art optical microscopy techniques and assisting in the development of new applications for specific research areas and questions.

The successful applicant will have significant experience running and troubleshooting developmental microscope systems and image data analysis and with prior experience in optical microscope development. They will have the proven ability to work closely with researchers from both the physical and biological sciences to understand their needs and translate these into advanced optical microscopy solutions.

The postholder will be responsible for the management, support and future development of the MIC, with ongoing training and consultation with key stakeholders. This is an exciting opportunity to grow and develop a multi-user imaging facility. This role would suite an organised, detail orientated individual who can manage their own workload and problem solve effectively. Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are essential.  

The MIC is based at the Guys Campus but travel to other King’s campuses may be required as the MIC portfolio develops.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential Criteria

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant scientific subject. 
  • Experience of managing a microscopy facility or equivalent. 
  • Significant knowledge and practical experience of constructing, running and troubleshooting developmental optical microscope systems. 
  • Knowledge and practical experience in the application of advanced microscopy to biological samples, including image data processing and analysis. 
  • Good research track record in own research area relevant to the post (ideally at the interface between the physical and biological sciences).  
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with both the physical and biological sciences research communities. 
  • Effective relationship-building and stakeholder management skills within a complex organisation and with a range of colleagues including academic, clinical and professional services. 
  • Ability to manage change, both personally and as part of a developing team; adopting a flexible approach to design, development and delivery of scientific services.   
  • Ability to work independently including planning and prioritisation of workload. 
  • Enthusiasm for instrument and applications development and commitment to giving good advice and technical support to users, adopting a customer-led service approach. 
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion in alignment with King’s Guiding Principles.

Desirable criteria

  • PhD in a relevant scientific subject. 
  • Knowledge of the HE sector and UK research funding 
  • Experience of working in the UK HE Sector 

Closing date: 27 March 2024

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