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Research assistant – Electron microscopy

Posted by , on 28 May 2014

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

We are looking for a Research Assistant to join the Electron Microscope (EM) Facility based in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at the University of Oxford.

The successful candidate will assist the EM Facility Manager in two main areas. The first is the day-to-day running of the facility, which will include preparation of chemical solutions, ordering consumables and general lab maintenance. The second will be to undertake work on service projects, which will involve the preparation and imaging of biological specimens for EM, and also to train users in EM specimen preparation techniques (including ultramicrotomy) and on the electron microscopes. There will also be scope to develop the capabilities of the facility in advanced EM techniques, which will involve both independent and collaborative work with researchers.

The Dunn School EM Facility is one of two main hubs for electron microscopy of biological specimens at The University of Oxford. Here, researchers from many different departments across the University image everything from nanoparticles, proteins, viruses and bacteria to cells, tissue and whole organisms, as part of research in diverse range of disciplines, including biomedicine, biophysics, biochemistry and plant biology.

The Facility comprises an FEI Tecnai T12 Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), a JEOL-6390 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and a dedicated specimen preparation laboratory. This Facility provides its users with a broad range of EM options, from imaging negatively stained particulate samples and thin sections of resin-embedded cells and tissue at the ultrastructural level using TEM, to high resolution topgraphical imaging of cells and whole organisms (eg: C. elegans and Drosophila) with the SEM, through to more advanced techniques including 3D-SEM, EM tomography, correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM), cryo-ultramicrotomy and protein localisation using immunogold or new genetic tags for EM. Development and optimisation of advanced EM techniques is a key priority for the Facility so that we can continue to provide our expanding user base with access to cutting edge EM methods and technologies.

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The post is available as a full time fixed-term contract (Grade 6: £26,527 – £31,644 p.a.) 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 13 June 2014. Interviews will be held in the week beginning 16 June 2014.

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