Research Assistant in Cryo-Electron Microscopy

Research Assistant in Cryo-Electron Microscopy

Closing date: 
Monday, 3 April 2017 - 12pm
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, South Parks Road, Oxford
Grade 6: £27,629 - £32,958 p.a.

We are seeking a Research Assistant to join the Central Oxford Structural Molecular Imaging Centre (COSMIC), a newly established cryo-electron microscopy facility in the South Parks Road Science Area at Oxford University. COSMIC is affiliated with the Dunn School EM Facility, together forming a major hub for cutting-edge biological electron microscopy at Oxford.

The successful candidate will assist the EM Facility Manager in two main areas. The first is the day-to-day running of COSMIC, which will include ordering consumables, filling liquid nitrogen dewars and general lab and microscope maintenance. The second will be to train users in negative staining, cryo-sample preparation and on the electron microscopes. There will also be scope to develop the capabilities of the facility in advanced cryo-EM techniques, which will involve both independent and collaborative work with researchers.

You will have a degree level qualification in science, ideally in biochemistry, biology or biomedicine. You should be adaptable and approachable, with strong communication, multitasking and organisational skills. The ability to work to deadlines and to work as part of a team, as well as independently, is essential. While it is desirable to have previous experience with electron microscopy and associated biological specimen preparation techniques, particularly cryo-electron microscopy and negative staining, this is not essential as training can be provided. However, a willingness to learn and a demonstrable interest in cryo-electron microscopy is essential.

The post is available as a fixed-term contract for 2 years in the first instance. If you are interested in this role, and have the skills and experience we are looking for, please apply online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 3 April 2017. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter