Hutton 25-20 - Post Doctorate Researcher in Light Sheet Microscopy

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Posted: 02/09/2020 11:11
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: Circa £31,365
Location: Dundee
Level: Hutton D
Deadline: 30/09/2020 23:59
Hours: 37
Benefits: Generous
Job Type: Fixed term - 3 years

The work undertaken by The James Hutton Group is at the top of the global agenda tackling problems such as the impact of climate change and threats to food, biodiversity, soils and water security.


Cell and Molecular Sciences (CMS) is based at the Dundee site and comprises more than 100 plant scientists with research specialisms in cell and molecular biology, genomics, genetics, pathology and physiology


CMS are recruiting for a Post Doctorate Researcher in Light Sheet Microscopy. This post will be based at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee and involve collaboration with imaging experts at the University of Dundee

A PhD in a relevant science discipline is essential for this post together with knowledge of light sheet microscopy as well as plant and / or soil science. Working with transparent soils is desirable.


More information on the detail of the post and the post holder can be found below in the job description.

Main Purpose of Job          

The postholder will help to assemble and programme a light sheet microscope, put into practice methods necessary for visualisation of bacteria and free-living nematodes (FLN) at the interface with plant roots in transparent soil and undertake the microscopy work. They will also oversee and assist others on the project in helping with data processing, publication and report writing, and engaging in KE activities.


Main duties of post holder

  • Set up a light sheet microscope with large field of view and high sensitivity and help to develop methods to allow environmental control for live experiments featuring Pectobacterium, free-living nematodes (FLN) and plant roots.  
  • Develop a custom-made software pipeline for effective analysis and data reconstruction (dynamic light scattering analyses, automated data reconstruction, machine learning based segmentation, Mevislab visualisation pipelines).
  • Use set up to investigate the interactions between Pectobacterium, FLN and plant roots and characterise what factors contribute to infection and disease (with assistance from a microbiology technician). 
  • Work with other members of the team to align these methods with related confocal studies.
  • Assist other members of the team with other parts of the project, e.g. field work and data analysis, where required.
  • Help to write papers and reports and participate in knowledge exchange activities.   






  • PhD (or completing a PhD) in relevant science discipline
  • Experience in plant and/or soil science
  • Experience in setting up light sheet microscope and associated software pipeline(s)
  • Good data handling and statistics
  • Good record keeping
  • Team working
  • Willingness to move between local sites





  • Experience with transparent soils
  • Good written communication
  • Report writing


Note: Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, interviewing of candidates will be held remotely.


We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.   


The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.




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