Intravital Microscopist Specialist
Organization: The Franck Crick Institute
This is a full-time, fixed term (3 years) position on Crick Terms and Conditions of
The position of Intra-Vital Microscopy (IVM) Specialist will work within the Crick Advanced Light
Microscopy Science and Technology Platform (CALM STP) to support the imaging needs of scientists
at the Francis Crick Institute.
The IVM Specialist will be a member of the CALM STP. They will report to the Head of Biological
Research Facility for BRF related issues and to the Head of CALM for scientific guidance. Beyond the
provision of basic training and assistance they will help select research projects to support in greater depth, and work on these projects in close association with CRGs. The role is at the Senior Laboratory Research Scientist (SS3) level.
The IVM Specialist will develop and support the use of intra-vital microscopy within the Crick. They
will be integrated within the In Vivo imaging group and serve as an interface to the CALM STP. They
will oversee the procurement and maintenance of equipment, and its subsequent use for research
projects. The IVM Specialist will maintain a state of the art multi-photon IVM system based on a
commercial platform with custom modifications developed as required to achieve specific
experimental goals. They will work closely with Crick research groups to develop intra-vital
microscopy projects based on the use of this equipment. Project work will encompass advice and
consultation on experimental design, assistance with the experimental work in accordance with Home Office regulations, and help with data analysis.
- Specific responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
- Maintain state of the art equipment for intravital multi-photon microscopy.
- Extend system performance through modification of equipment features such as
illumination and detection pathways to achieve specific experimental goals.
- Assist Crick research groups with the design and implementation of IVM experiments.
- Oversee all aspects of experimental work, including adherence to Home Office
- Assist with the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of IVM data.
- Develop an approach to IVM, which will help bridge the gap between cellular imaging and
- Communication to internal and external audiences.
The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the
fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease
develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as
cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.
An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer
Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.
The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a brand new state-of-the-art building in
central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.
The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for
excellence includes commitments to collaboration; to developing emerging talent and exporting it
the rest of the UK; to public engagement; and to helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly
as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.
KEY EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES
The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open,
Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:
- A degree and PhD in a physical or life science
- Significant experience using advanced light microscopy to answer biological questions
- Advanced experience using multi-photon IVM
- Experience with surgical procedures
- Experience working under the authority of an animal license
- Strong image analysis and presentation skills
- Ability to work effectively within a team
- Ability to work independently when required
- Strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritise work and manage multiple
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong problem-solving skills, including the abilities to analyse and think creatively
- Home Office Personal License
- Experience with lymph node imaging
- Experience imaging fluorescence resonance energy transfer, especially using fluorescence
- Implantation of imaging windows
- Confocal microscopy experience
If you are interested in applying for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter,
explaining your motivation and suitability for this role, together with your minimum salary
expectation via our online system.
Please note: all offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.