Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250902
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 03 September 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 September 2019
Interview Date 06 October 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £33,459 per annum (depending on skills and experience)
Grade: UKRI/STFC Band D
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 25th September 2019


About us

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) is a world-class research group with over 170 technical and scientific staff, providing advanced research facilities for UK and international scientists. The Lasers for Science Facility (LSF) at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory develops and provides access to advanced laser techniques for the scientific community. A group within the LSF has been recently awarded a three-year funding by the Guy Foundation for this full-time position. This is a multidisciplinary research and working as a member of the imaging team in the Research Complex at Harwell, this position will be involved in developing aspects of the imaging cluster to investigate biophoton generation from cells, particularly from mitochondria. The project will begin by using The current OCTOPUS cluster, mainly confocal and multiphoton fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM).

OCTOPUS (Optics Combined To OutPut Unique Solutions) is a world leading extensive imaging cluster, combining super resolution, confocal and single molecule microscopy (multicolour and multiphoton), fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM), fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET), optical tweezers, light sheet, multicolour single molecule microscopy and image correlation spectroscopy (ICS) techniques to investigate the conformation and interactions of molecules in cells. The project will develop a highly sensitive UV transmitting microscope for the biophoton detection, thus adding further capabilities to the OCTOPUS facility. A second aspect of the project will be the development of techniques towards quantum biology. This will build on the existing femtosecond multiphoton time-correlated single photon counting techniques within the OCTOPUS cluster.

We are now seeking an individual with a background in physical and life science to work as an Experimental Research Scientist on biophoton detection and towards quantum biology. Working as part of a team of scientists and engineers, you will be developing and carrying out experiments in advanced microscopy, time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy and cell biology. This is a collaboration project with the University of Westminster.

You will be encouraged to maintain and develop external collaborations to the team to sustain the scientific research programme, to write papers, apply for facility beam time, and to attend and present at conferences.

Specific Duties:

  • Together with the PI and Co-Is, develop a new highly sensitive UV transmitting microscopic technique
  • Develop and characterise generation of entangled photons using aspects of the TCSPC available within the group
  • Maintain and use cell biology techniques such as cell culture, cell transfection etc.
  • Leading and/or collaborating in the research and development, keeping the team up to date with progress
  • Regularly review the literature on biphoton production and quantum biology
  • Dissemination of the research through publication, conferences and meetings
  • Providing day-to-day supervision of PhD students working with the group.

Full training will be given where needed.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria


  • A degree in chemistry, physics or a closely related subject (or equivalent)
  • A PhD in Chemistry, physics (or equivalent relevant experience)
  • Experience with microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Experience in scientific instrument development
  • Good command of written and spoken English.


  • Post-Doctoral research experience (or equivalent relevant experience)
  • Some experience with instrument development
  • Some knowledge or experience with working with lasers
  • Desire to work with biological system
  • Cell culture experience although full training will be given
  • Willing and able to travel internationally to conferences and to visit collaborators.

Interview Criteria


  • Track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Good communication skills (diplomacy, negotiation)
  • Able to see novel solutions to problems
  • Able to show initiative
  • Able to multi-task and priorities against a multifaceted workload and achieve targets
  • Responsible approach to health and safety.


  • Some experience with instrument development
  • Some knowledge or experience with working with lasers
  • Desire to work with biological system.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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