Research Assistant/Associate

Job summary

The Photonics group at Imperial College London has many years’ experience in developing and implementing advanced fluorescence microscopy and imaging techniques for applications in medicine and the life sciences. Our recent work includes the development of advanced optical super-resolution microscopy systems based around STED, single molecule localisation and structured illumination techniques. We also have a long history of work in optical...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00328
  • Date posted 14 November 2018
  • Closing date 14 December 2018

Job description

Job summary

The Photonics group at Imperial College London has many years’ experience in developing and implementing advanced fluorescence microscopy and imaging techniques for applications in medicine and the life sciences. Our recent work includes the development of advanced optical super-resolution microscopy systems based around STED, single molecule localisation and structured illumination techniques. We also have a long history of work in optical sectioning microscope, ranging from pioneering some of the early structured illumination techniques to more recent developments in single lens light sheet imaging.

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/ Associate to work on a new research project, PROCHIP, funded under the European FET Open H2020 programme. The project is coordinated by the Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnologies in the Polytechnico di Milano and consists of six partners from Italy, France and the UK, including universities, research centres and one company. This multi-disciplinary project is an ambitious programme aimed at developing high-throughput, fully-integrated, lab-on-a-chip devices incorporating advanced super-resolved imaging based on structured light sheet methods. Imperial’s role in the project is in defining and refining the structured light sheet techniques that will be fabricated into integrated devices by other members of the project. Other partners in the project will be developing deep-learning based image analysis and will include end users of the technology who will be applying it to single cells isolated from tumour models in order to image and profile their chromatin organisation. The eventual aim is to be able to image thousands of such cells in high throughput for cancer diagnostics and targeted therapies.

Duties and responsibilities

You will have experience with developing high end optical microscopy systems. You will be responsible for constructing our own bulk structured illumination systems at Imperial as well as helping the other partners in the programme with advice on and designs for optical system configurations in their integrated devices including providing models for simulation of likely imaging performance.

Essential requirements

For the Research Assistant post you will be about to complete a PhD and for the Research Associate post you will have a PhD or an equivalent level of professional qualification in the area of physics or engineering.

In addition, you must also be able to demonstrate all the following essential criteria:

• A strong record of research experience in experimental optical microscopy, ideally including super-resolution and/or light sheet techniques.
• Proven research experience in optical system construction and alignment.
• Experience in computer control and analysis of experimental data.
• Experience in modelling the performance of high numerical aperture, diffraction limited optical imaging systems.
• Knowledge of super resolution and/or light sheet techniques and optical imaging systems

Further information

The position is available for a fixed term period of 34 months in the first instance, from December 2018.

More information about the Department of Physics, and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

For more information about the research project email Mark Neil, Professor of Photonics (mark.neil@imperial.ac.uk) or Chris Dunsby, Reader in Biomedical Optics (chris.dunsby@imperial.ac.uk).

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Judith Baylis Senior Section Administrator – j.baylis@imperial.ac.uk

For any technical queries during the application process please contact - recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.