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 Research Associate

We are seeking to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to join the System Microscopy initiative lead by Dr Alessandro Esposito ( and Professor Ashok Venkitaraman at the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre in Cambridge (

 The successful candidate will work on the development of fluorescence microscopy techniques to study early oncogenesis and for tumor imaging applications within a uniquely collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

 The applicant is expected to be capable to prototype optical systems (e.g., light-sheet microscopes, super-resolution, multi-color FLIM, optogenetics), to utilize microscopy tools to address biomedical questions and to contribute to the development of data analysis pipelines, independently.

 Applicants should have or about to be awarded a PhD in Physics, Biophysics, Engineering or a relevant subject and with practical experience in engineering optical detection systems and handling biological samples. A demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed publications about fluorescence microscopy and applications is desirable. Candidates should be able to demonstrate their capability for abstract thinking, handling theory, developing algorithms and programming in Matlab to a high standard. Team working and effective communication with colleagues using multidisciplinary methods is essential.

 This fixed term, project related position is for 2 years the first instance.

 For candidates with a PhD the salary will be on the scale £31,604 - £38,833pa depending on relevant postdoctoral experience. Candidates without a PhD or due to complete their PhD within 6 months of their start date will be appointed at the Research Assistant level with a salary of £28,936pa (Grade 5) and, if applicable, advancing to Grade 7 Research Associate level following the conferment of your PhD. Applicants should include a letter outlining suitability for the role, a CV including a list of publications and the contact details for 3 academic referees. Any offer of employment is subject to security screening. To apply online for this vacancy please go to  This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. Please ensure that you upload a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, CV and the contact details of two employment referees in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

 We advise the applicants to submit, together with their cover letter, two brief proposals each with a maximum of 500 words. In the first, they should describe how they would propose to image tumor cells growing in a three-dimensional environment, competing or cooperating with each other as a function of genetic mutations. In the second, they should describe which technique they would develop to maximize the capability to detect cancer early with imaging technologies. This is not a mandatory requirement and we invite all suitable candidates to submit their applications even if they do not have the confidence, the language skills or experience to provide these proposals.

 The University values diversity, is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all suitable candidates.

 Closing date: 13 June 2018

 Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 25 June 2018