University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Staff Scientist in Cryo-EM

United Kingdom

Closing in 15 days

Staff Scientist in Cryo-EM

Biochemistry Department, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QU

Staff Scientist in Cryo-EM (2 posts)

Department of Biochemistry


Salary (£) : £36,024 to £44,263 per annum

Location: Department of Biochemistry, Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building, South Parks Road, Oxford

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)

About the role

We are seeking to appoint 2 Staff Scientist to join the growing Central Oxford Structural Molecular Imaging Centre (COSMIC). This is a dynamic flagship cryo-electron microscopy facility based in the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Building in the centre of Oxford. COSMIC houses three Thermo Scientific cryo- electron microscopes: a Titan Krios with a Bioquantum K3 detector, a Talos Arctica with a Falcon 4i detector and a Talos F200C, as well as a Zeiss Crossbeam 350 FIB-SEM. Also incorporated are a humidity-controlled sample preparation room and a purpose-built server room for data processing. Additionally, we are in the process of expanding our facilities to include cryo CLEM solutions, with funding in place for cryo-fluorescence.

The Staff Scientists will work closely and report to the Microscope Facility Manager, ensuring efficient running of the facility, contributing to maintenance of the equipment, training users and engaging in collaborative research projects. They will also work with the Computational team, supporting them in building and maintaining the servers and providing user support. They will play a crucial and productive role in an outstanding and growing user facility, supporting world class research.

The two positions advertised have overlapping duties and responsibilities although one will focus primarily on support for single-particle cryoEM projects, while the other will focus primarily on cryo-tomography and cryoCLEM.

These posts are full-time and permanent.

The actual starting salary offered will be based on qualifications and relevant skills acquired and will also be determined by the funding available. We would be willing to consider candidates with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, for which an initial appointment would be at grade 6 (£32,332 – £38,205 per annum) with the responsibilities adjusted accordingly. This would be discussed with applicants at interview/appointment where appropriate.

What We Offer

Your happiness and wellbeing at work matters to us, so we offer a range of family friendly and financial benefits including:

• An excellent contributory pension scheme

• 38 days annual leave

• A comprehensive range of childcare services

• Family leave schemes

• Cycle loan scheme

• Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs

• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

The University also runs an enormous amount of social groups and sports clubs for those looking for more than just a great place to work.

About you

You should hold a minimum of a BSc, or the equivalent in a relevant area of science. You should be a well-trained, enthusiastic and proactive and self- motivated scientist with sufficient specialist knowledge in cryo-electron microscopy to be able to train others and to trouble shoot experiments (although training will be provided). Excellent organisational and communication skills, and ability to work as part of a team are essential.

Application Process

These are permanent positions. If you are interested in either of these roles and have the skills and experience we are looking for, please apply online indicating your preference. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application, setting out how you meet the selection criteria. You are also asked to include the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application. Please indicate in the cover letter which position(s) you would wish to be considered for.

Only applications received before noon Friday 8th March 2024 can be considered.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Contact Person : HR Officer Vacancy ID : 170875 Contact Phone : 01865 61205 Closing Date & Time : 08-Mar-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £44,263 pro rata per annum

Job details


Staff Scientist in Cryo-EM


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 09, 2024

Application deadline

March 08, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Biology,Chemistry,Physics,Space Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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