Instrument Specialist - Bio-electron microscopy (fixed-term role)

Job title Instrument Specialist - Bio-electron microscopy (fixed-term role)

Department Faculty of Science

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 3119

Placed on Monday 19 July 2021

Closing date Tuesday 03 August 2021

Interview date Wednesday 11 August 2021

Reference CC8174R

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An exciting short-term opportunity for an Instrument Specialist in Bio-Electron Microscopy has arisen within the Material and Chemical Characterisation facility (MC2). You will be responsible for providing expert advice and support in the analysis of biological samples using the following key techniques:

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM+EDX)
  • Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM)

As well as providing expert advice and support, the Instrument Specialist will contribute to user training of undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers from across the University of Bath, and maintenance of the full range of microscopy instruments.

The successful candidate will have significant experience of analysing biological samples using the microscopy techniques listed above, ideally with a background of providing a microscopy service to a diverse user base working in a range of research areas.

The microscopy service is a key part of a larger multidisciplinary team who provide analysis and characterisation of chemical, biological and physical materials for researchers and students from across the University of Bath, and beyond. MC2 includes over 50 instruments encompassing mass spectrometry, NMR, X-ray diffraction, thermal, surface and elemental analysis, electron microscopy and bio-imaging. Key to the functioning of this large facility are our team of 14 instrument specialists and technicians, and the successful applicant will become a key, and supported, member of this dynamic group of technical experts.

This is a full-time role (36.5 hours per week) to cover maternity leave until June 2022.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr John Lowe, Deputy Head of MC2 (, however, please submit your application via the University website.

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.