Higher Scientific Officer - Advanced image analyst and microscopist

31/07/2017, 23:55

Breast Cancer Research
FACS and Light Microscopy Facility
Full time
Fixed Term
3 years
35 hours
£32,145 - £34,769 p.a. based on relevance of experience and skills.
The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) leads the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment.

The ICR is ranked as the UK’s leading academic research centre. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top five cancer centres globally.

The ICR is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

A Higher Scientific Officer position is available in the Flow Cytometry and Light Microscopy Facility, based in Chelsea. The newly refurbished facility is equipped with state of the art instruments including a lattice light sheet microscope, a diSPIM microscope, a TIRF microscope equipped for super-resolution, two spinning disk confocal systems, one laser scanning confocal microscope, three high content imaging system, three wide field microscopes, two flow cytometry cell sorters, and one flow cytometry analysis instrument.

The primary objective of this post is to provide image analysis support to members of the institute but technical support for the microscopy systems will also form an important part of the role.

Applicants should have a BSc in the physical or biological sciences, preferably in a discipline related to optics or computing. Documented experience in advanced image analysis ranging from commercial software to the main open source tools to custom scripts in MatLab will be essential. Proven knowledge of contemporary microscopy is also essential and further training will be provided. Previous experience working in a shared resource laboratory is desirable.

Informal enquiries can be made to Fredrik Wallberg (fredrik.wallberg@icr.ac.uk). Please DO NOT send your application to this email address. CVs must be submitted online.

 To apply please upload your CV and covering letter (addressing with specific examples where you meet the person specification and incl. the names and addresses of two referees) online. 

We look forward to receiving applications from all candidates, wherever in the world they are currently based. We will select those who display the potential to become, or to support, the world leading cancer researchers of the future based on their application and performance at interview. However, we particularly welcome British applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within the ICR and nationwide in STEM roles.

The ICR is the leading academic research centre in the UK. Effective industry collaboration and innovation in new medicines and technologies are at the heart of our approach to drive benefits for patients. The ICR is ranked:


  • first for the quality and impact of our research*
  • second worldwide for the number of our publications cited in patents**
  • fourth worldwide for the citation rate of scientific research published across all fields**
  • fourth worldwide for top-cited research publications**
  • in the top five higher education institutions worldwide for academic influence and commercial impact**


*2014 Research Excellence Framework

** U-Multirank, 2020

Additional Documentation for Candidates

This Program is closed to applications.