University of Dundee

Image Analyst in Microscopy (Central Imaging Facility)

School of Research
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Closing Date: 
Friday, May 10, 2013
Grade 7 (£29,541 - £36,298)

The University of Dundee’s Central Imaging Facility in the College of Life Sciences is a world-renowned imaging facility operating leading-edge technology and accessed by research staff within the College of Life Sciences and national and international collaborators. The facility houses the largest installation of DeltaVision deconvolution microscopes in Europe as well as Multiphoton and Confocal Laser Scanning, Spinning Disk and TIRF microscopy. The facility was an early adopter of the OMX structured illumination platform, providing super resolution light microscopy. It also hosts the College's scanning and transmission electron microscopes. Research supported by the facility is diverse, ranging from long time lapse, multiwavelength live cell imaging through to deep tissue imaging of tissue and embryos; techniques include FLIM, FRET, FRAP and photoconversion. These resources contribute to almost a third of all papers from CLS scientists each year, making it a critical, valued resource.

The purpose of this post is to establish an image analysis centre within the imaging facility, utilising currently available commercial (e.g. Volocity, Imaris, SoftWorx) and open access (e.g. OMERO, ImageJ) software within the College and to provide project-focused image analysis and data processing support to facility users. The postholder will manage and maintain a suite of image analysis workstations and software packages and instigate a robust training program. The post is based within the microscope facility acting as an integral part of the Microscopy team, reporting to the Head of Imaging with additional support from the Head of Research Computing and guidance from the Academic Imaging Management Committee.

This post provides an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic team player to contribute existing skills in image process and/or analysis and further develop core expertise in the rapidly expanding field of image processing and analysis in a world-leading imaging facility. Imaging and Image Analysis has is identified as being of strategic importance both to the College of Life Sciences and to the wider scientific community. Funding for 5 years has been committed in the first instance. Long term continuation is anticipated, depending on funding.

We are seeking a person with either a background in microscopy with experience in image acquisition and analysis, or a programmer with experience in Life Sciences applications to lead the development of the Image Analysis centre. The successful candidate will be required to -

• develop techniques designed to extract information from widefield fluorescence images, confocal and multiphoton datasets and super-resolution images using routine and custom image analysis tools
• Set up and maintain an image analysis suite hosting a range of high specification workstations and software packages
• Support integration of OMERO into the Imaging Facility in conjunction with the OMERO team and Research Computing
• Set up and maintain a training and support program for research staff within the College of Life Sciences as part of the facility's teaching program


• Experience using light microscopy and digital imaging for scientific analysis and discovery, preferably in a biological or biomedical setting
• Image processing expertise and familiarity with popular packages (e.g. Volocity, Imaris, ImageJ, Matlab etc)
• Knowledge of Life Sciences applications and the ability to fit image analysis and processing regimes with biological data


• Experience using open source image databases (e.g. OMERO)
• Experience with software development in any modern programming environment (e.g., Java, C++, Python, etc.)

The candidate ideally should have a PhD but candidates with a very strong background in a relevant field and demonstrable experience in a range of analysis and processing regimes will also be considered.

The position is available for 5 years.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Sam Swift, Head of Facility (  

How to apply:

To apply on-line click here. If you are unable to apply on-line please contact Human Resources on (01382) 386209 (answering machine) for an application pack. Please quote reference number LS0306. Closing Date: 10 May 2013.

The University of Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.