- Completed a PhD (or be close to completion) in experimental optics or have equivalent experience.
- Have significant experience of the design and implementation of complex optical imaging systems, particularly microscopes.
- Possess sufficient expertise in optical engineering to be able to adapt and optimise existing designs and methods for specific project tasks.
- The ability to work flexibly within a collaborative research team.
- A track record of scientific publication commensurate with experience.
- Evidence of independent motivation in the formulation, planning and implementation of research activities.
- Demonstrated ability to manage own academic research and associated activities.
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.
- Previous experience of working in teams specialising in technology development.
- Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project.
- Experience in practical implementation of high resolution optical microscopes.
- Experience in adaptive optics development.
- A strong interest in biological imaging.
*please note that ‘near completion’ means that you must have submitted your PhD thesis
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