Cryo-Electron Microscopy Training Scientist

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: £33,297 to £39,172 per annum (Discretionary range to £45,048) or £43,790 to £51,517 per annum (Discretionary range to £59,245) for Senior level
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 30/11/2020
Ref No: 10467

About Us
Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for both academic and industrial research, across a wide range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.

The Electron Bio-Imaging Centre (eBIC) at Diamond provides scientists with state-of-the-art equipment and expertise in the field of cryo-electron microscopy (CryoEM), for single particle analysis, cryo-electron tomography and electron crystallography.

About the Role
We now have an opportunity for a CryoEM Scientist or Senior CryoEM Scientist to join the eBIC team with a special emphasis on CryoEM training as well as contributing to the continued success of our world-leading scientific facility.

This role will be essential in supporting eBIC’s user programme by providing both training, workshops and operational support, as well as contributing to in-house research and development projects.


  • Providing training to external and in-house users, including sample preparation, microscope operation and data analysis.
  • Organize regular training workshops in eBIC, and in collaboration with CCP-EM and other cryoEM facilities.
  • Contributing to day-to-day operations of eBIC by assisting with external user experiments as a local contact.
  • Developing your own research, in an area relevant to eBIC and disseminating the results.
  • Giving advice to users on proposal submissions and helping to develop the user community.
  • Actively participating in eBIC reviews including preparation of documentation, contributing to identify areas for improvement.

You will also coordinate, implement and run training programmes in cryoEM to suit the variable and evolving needs of eBIC’s user base.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing to the management and funding of the eBIC training programme, working with senior eBIC staff to attract external funding through writing of grant proposals.
  • Contributing to the management of the eBIC training budget.
  • Collaborating and coordinating with other CryoEM centres and facilities to leverage training resources and aid in the establishment of a UK wide training programme.

Additional duties for appointment at senior level:

  • Take the lead role in the strategic development and delivery of the eBIC training programme
  • Management of training programme budget

About You
You will have a PhD in science, ideally in the biological/biophysical sciences, or demonstrate significant equivalent experience.

You will also have experience in the operation of transmission electron microscopes especially for structural biology applications, as well as experience with Windows/Linux/Unix.

You should also be able to demonstrate experience of designing and delivering training.

You will display the ability to design, plan, organise and implement projects and tasks within an allotted timeframe, as well as the ability to lead your own research project including budget and resource management.

You will demonstrate exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, with the ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with staff and facility users at all levels

For appointment at the senior level, in addition to the above, you will demonstrate significant experience at postdoctoral level or equivalent in working within a scientific or academic environment, with experience in CryoEM essential including a track record in CryoEM related research, experience with handling of biological samples, high-resolution data collection and data processing/analysis.

Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply
Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 39 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.

Other information

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.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One.

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