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View Vacancy -- Flow Cytometrist - LMS 732

Open Date
08/12/2017, 14:29
Close Date
11/01/2018, 23:55
MRC London Institute of Medical Science
The MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences is a leading International Research Institute at the Hammersmith Campus of Imperial College London. It has a multidisciplinary approach and hosts outstanding experimental and computational programmes in basic and applied life sciences as well as in clinical research. The Institute aims to carry out pioneering research, facilitate the translation of this improved understanding towards better diagnosis and treatment and to train and mentor the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists.
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MRC - 4
£32,782 - £38,181 allowances included; (a higher salary may be available for candidates closely fitting the full person specification)
Technical & Scientific Professionals
Full Time

Summary of Post


The purpose of this post is to provide state of the art flow cytometry training, flow cytometry analysis, flow cytometry sorting, imaging cytometry, methods development, software upgrades, instrument trouble shooting and -development, data management, and data visualisation. The post holder will be involved in all aspects of the operation and development of the MRC-Imperial Flow Cytometry Core Facility and liaise with other facilities using related technologies such as microscopy, genomics, IT, and bioinformatics where appropriate.


Key Responsibilities

The primary duty of the post-holder will be to operate the flow cytometry instrumentation, providing high- level technical input and advice to flow facility users including principal investigators, post-docs and students:

- flow cytometry training

- flow cytometry analysis and sorting

- quality control

- Imaging cytometry

- advice on protocols

- methods development

- educating users on cytometry software

- instrument trouble shooting and -development

- data management

- data analysis and visualisation

- liaise with other facilities using related technologies such as microscopy, genomics, IT, and bioinformatics

- liaise with service engineers

- assist in other aspects of general running of the Facility


The ability to make strategic contributions to experimental design and assist with data interpretation are key requirements of the post.


There will opportunities to become involved in the development of methods as well as research projects.


The post-holder will be exposed to a wide range of biological questions and approaches, which represent valuable assets for career development in flow cytometry. This will include visiting commercial tutorials, scientific meetings and/or conferences and academic seminars.


Whilst a candidate with experience in flow cytometry sorting, image analysis and high parameter data analysis is preferred, those with less with less experience, but with a commitment to learn are also encouraged to apply.


The successful candidate should be able to work as part of a team and on a one-to-one basis. 


The post holder will report to the Facility Manager and Academic Advisors and will work with staff from MRC LMS and Imperial College including those in the BRC Genomics Facility and collaborators elsewhere in Imperial College.


The projects to be carried out whilst funded in this position are in a highly competitive field and will demand a high degree of commitment. The successful candidate will be expected to take an active part in the academic activities at the institute, including contributing to journal clubs and seminar presentations.




  • A graduate or postgraduate degree in the biological sciences or a related field


Knowledge / Experience:


  • Broad laboratory experience
  • Track record in flow cytometry
  • Experience of high parameter data management, analysis and visualisation


  • Experience of flow cytometry analysis, sorting, methods development, software upgrades, instrument trouble-shooting and development
  • Experience of imaging cytometry
  • Experience of training others and advising on protocols and experimental design


Skills and Abilities:


  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with researchers of all levels in an interdisciplinary environment by written and verbal communication
  • Innovative and highly motivated
  • Ability to document work and write factual reports on work completed
  • Ability to conduct a detailed review of the research literature
  • Proven organisational skills and ability to plan ahead, set priorities and work to deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


Other requirements:


  • Ability and willingness to learn from training and development activities as required
  • Willingness to travel both within the United Kingdom and abroad for training or to attend conferences
  • Discipline and regard for confidentiality and security at all times

For full details of this post and to complete an online application, visit mrc.ac.uk and upload your CV, names and contacts of two scientific references along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for this role (providing evidence against the requirements of the job as per the job description and person specification).

From April 2018, MRC will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online http://www.ukri.org/ .

The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions.The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC (part of UKRI) means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, as well as the chance to put the MRC and UKRI on your CV in the future.

Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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.

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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.