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Optical Microscopy Support Specialist

Applications are invited for an Optical Microscopy Support Specialist to join the Bioimaging Facility at the John Innes Centre based in Norwich, UK.


The Bioimaging Facility contains state of the art equipment including a super-resolution microscope, 6 confocal microscopes, several wide-field systems, a transmission electron microscope, 2 scanning electron microscopes and the latest specimen preparation equipment.

The successful candidate will join a diverse team of skilled facility staff (totalling 5 F.T.E.) working together to offer high-quality training, technical support, sample preparation and imaging services.

The role

This position is focused on optical microscopy support. The Facility currently has a range of 14 optical microscope systems which the candidate will be expected to help support. They will be heavily involved in training the users of these instruments and may be expected to spend some time on sample prep and developing advanced techniques.

The ideal candidate

Applicants should have extensive practical experience in light microscopy, good communication skills, enthusiasm for helping our broad range of users achieve their research aims and for assisting in driving the facility forward as it adopts new technologies. An understanding of some of the more advanced optical microscopy techniques and image analysis is highly desirable. Candidates with considerable practical experience in confocal microscopy and good image analysis skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

Additional information

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a full time post offered on a permanent basis.

Interviews will be held on 21 March 2019.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here, or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or  quoting reference 1003633. Initial informal enquiries may be addressed to

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The closing date for applications will be 7 March 2019.  

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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