Vacancy: Technical Specialist Confocal (Light Microscopy) at MMU (Closed)

By 21st April 2023 May 22nd, 2023 Closed Vacancies

Technical Specialist Confocal (Light Microscopy)

Location:  Manchester All Saints Campus

Faculty/Service: Professional Services

Salary: Grade 7 (£33,348 to £37,386)

Contract: 35H per week, Permanent

Closing Date:  17/05/23

Reference:  5371

Technical Specialist Confocal (Light Microscopy)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Core Facilities team within Manchester Metropolitan University as a Confocal (Light microscopy) Technical Specialist.

This post offers the opportunity to be part of our vibrant technical community, developing its services to meet the future university’s needs. Our diverse team of technicians ensure that the university functions efficiently and delivers the levels of student experience both our undergraduates and postgraduates deserve and expect of us. Working in specialist laboratories, workshops, studios and IT facilities, our technical professionals play a key role in supporting, guiding and advising across our university, from sciences, art, design and technology to sports, ceramics, nursing and physiotherapy. 

We are a forward-looking service committed to a strong culture of continuous improvement, and we are passionate about providing the best customer service to our staff and students. 

The Role: 

The Technical Specialist will work in the Core Facility supporting education, funded research, and commercial activities. Responsible for the delivery and future direction of Confocal Microscopy and other related microscope techniques, including the Thunder Imaging system, Fluorescent Microscopes and Live Cell Imager. You will also have experience using microscopes for a broad range of applications and an in-depth knowledge of sample preparation, image processing/data interpretation, troubleshooting, maintenance and QC. Duties will include developing partnerships with external agencies and engaging in collaborative projects. To identify and assess the service’s usefulness and lead the introduction of new techniques. Health and safety and administration will also feature in this role. 

About You: 

As a Technical Specialist, the successful candidate will be expected to have experience in Confocal and Light Microscopy and other related techniques in previous research teaching and learning environments and specialist knowledge of the running and maintenance of instrumentation relating to Confocal Microscopes, Fluorescent Microscopes and other imaging systems.

You will have a flexible approach to work and an ability to work on your initiative. You will be expected to participate in external networks and user groups, attend relevant events to keep up to date with the latest developments and techniques and share information with colleagues. Strong communication skills and commitment to the quality service provider will also be essential in succeeding in this post. 

If you are enthusiastic about Confocal Microscopy, flexible and committed to providing high customer service, we would love to hear from you. 

How to apply

Please upload a cover letter and your CV detailing how you meet the essential criteria in the attached Job Description. 

If you would like more information about this post, please get in touch with Dr Claudio Dos Santos, Core Facilities Technical Manager, at

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and well-being of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring. We particularly encourage applications from Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, who we recognise are underrepresented in this area.

Hybrid working is offered for this role. The nature of the role requires presence on campus at certain times of year, but at other times you will be able to complete some work remotely. We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations throughout the application process.


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