Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Biological Cryo-EM Software Devel – Oxfordshire

Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Biological Cryo-EM Software Devel

Diamond Light Source Ltd.



Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Biological Cryo-EM Software Devel

Business Area


Full Time Salary

£33,963 to £39,955 per annum

Post Type

Full time / Fixed term


3 years

Closing Date


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About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth, and environmental sciences. 


About the Role

The electron Bio-imaging centre (eBIC) at Diamond is a national facility for cryo-Electron Microscopy (cryo-EM). We enable UK, EU and other international users to acquire high quality cryo-EM data.  As part of our service to users, we would like to develop efficient data analysis pipelines using innovative approaches. 

We now have an opportunity for a Post-doctoral Research Associate to join eBIC for period of 3 years to focus on software development for this project.

The duties of this role include conducting theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies, software design and development. The work would cover a broad range of activities, including optimisation of current workflows, application of machine learning techniques to improve their performance, and developing new tools and techniques required to provide fast and efficient feedback to user. The role will involve interacting with other groups inside and outside Diamond.

Further responsibilities will include: 

  • Maintaining a current knowledge of other comparable projects and communicating with scientists at other international facilities and conferences to ensure exchange of knowledge.
  • Developing skills and experience in various areas of cryo-EM data analysis.
  • Publishing research results in journals and conference proceedings.
  • Delivering high-quality internal reporting and professional advice.
  • Providing support to eBIC users.
  • Building collaborations inside and outside Diamond.
  • Mentoring and leading more junior staff and students. 


About You

You will hold an appropriate Science Degree and PhD along with proven relevant experience. 

Suitable candidates should also be familiar with:

  • Software development for cryo-EM
  • Cryo-EM data collection and 3D analysis
  • Cryo-EM data analysis
  • Statistical methods
  • Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence. 



Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays and 2 annual volunteering days, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.


We take an active approach to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our activities at Diamond, with a dedicated commitment to ensuring we provide a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work, where all staff feel valued and recognised for their individual contribution.


To Apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you believe you are suitable for this role.


Diamond is a thriving international organisation, attracting a diverse range of talented individuals from around the world. Our staff currently comprises 44 nationalities and we welcome applications from everyone interested in joining us.

The closing date for applications is 26th March 2023.


Other information


Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements, secondment and job share opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 44 different nationalities. Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women. 

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level Two.


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