Job reference: BMH-023356
Salary: £26,444 - £29,605 per annum
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Biology, Medicine Health
Location: Oxford Road
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Division of Cell Matrix Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Hours Per Week: 35 hours per week
Closing date: 06/10/2023
Contract Duration: 1st December 2023 to 30th November 2026
School/Directorate: School of Biological Sciences

Job Description

Manchester Cell Matrix Centre & Discovery Research Platform for Cell-Matrix Biology

The Manchester Cell Matrix Centre (MCMC) brings together diverse research groups and technologists whose collective efforts are focussed on understanding the body’s extracellular matrix. The extracellular matrix is a complex network that is essential for multicellular life, surrounds and supports cells and accounts for one third of our body mass. We believe that defining the principles that govern the two-way interaction between cells and matrix is fundamental to understanding vertebrate development, healthy ageing, and identifying why tissue failure is a major factor in most chronic diseases.

Located at The University of Manchester, the Centre incorporates one of eight Discovery Research Platforms recently awarded by the Wellcome Trust. The Discovery Research Platform for Cell-Matrix Biology will address a range of practical, technological, and methodological barriers to understanding how changes in the extracellular matrix leads to tissue failure. We are seeking driven and ambitious individuals to play a pivotal role in overcoming these barriers. Successful candidates will contribute to our bold vision to re-programme extracellular matrix, which has the potential to lead to innovative new diagnostic tools and treatments for diseases such as cancer and fibrosis. The Platform will embrace a Team Science approach and provide an exciting opportunity to work with groups from diverse research areas and collaborate across disciplines.

The role

We seek an aspiring microscopy technician to join the Electron Microscopy Core Facility in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine, and Health.

The primary focus of the role will be to conduct and to contribute to development of electron microscopy approaches including volume electron microscopy and correlative light and electron microscopy techniques.

The post holder will also optimize protocols for improved sample preparation.

The microscopes are held with excellent core facilities for Histology/Bioimaging and Electron Microscopy and the role holder will work closely with facility staff, learn new techniques they are not familiar with, attend training courses and techniques development workshops  

The role is for an initial period of 3 years with a view to it becoming a permanent post and therefore a positive and proactive approach is essential. This is a unique opportunity to join an innovative new research centre and it would be an ideal opportunity for a keen technologist to become part of a team and to develop powerful imaging techniques.

What you will get in return:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme
  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays
  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period
  • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Joanna Woodburn, Aleksandr Mironov, Clair Baldock

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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