Deputy Director of Electron Microscopy Facility
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

Deputy Director: Electron Microscopy Facility

Are you an experienced cryoEM scientist looking to develop into a leadership role? Do you have an established background and international reputation in cryoEM? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research-intensive Universities?

As Deputy Director in the Electron Microscopy Facility, you will be responsible for the scientific oversight of the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory Electron Microscopy Facility; you will develop new methods to advance the capabilities of current biological imaging and being responsible for all training and equipment utilisation. You will develop the strategic direction of the Facility in conjunction with the Academic Director.  You will ensure that instrumentation in the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory/Faculty of Biological Sciences EM unit is utilised to maximum effect, supporting a program of world leading research. Working with the Director, you will identify requirements and secure the funding needed to keep the facility at the forefront of structural biology globally, thereby ensuring its long-term scientific and financial sustainability. 

The post holder will be a senior leader within a lively and intellectually stimulating research community, which performs to the highest international levels in research and publications. You will lead the team responsible for the provision of outstanding technical and scientific support to users of the EM Facility from across the University and beyond, assisting with experimental design and execution, supporting research publications. You will represent the cryoEM facility and University of Leeds nationally and internationally (e.g. at conferences, training courses and advisory boards), and pursue appropriate technical and methodological publications in peer-reviewed journals, with the aim of being returnable in future UK REF exercises. You will be responsible for establishing Leeds as a global leader in the training of users in cryoEM, cryoET and correlative microscopy techniques, including developing future grant applications to fund external training programmes. You will identify emerging opportunities within electron microscopy and exploit them to maximise the success of the facility, and attracting external use.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was awarded a Silver award in 2020.  We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN provides more information. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

For information relating to the role;

Mr Kevin Corke, Director of Operations, Faculty of Biological Sciences


For specific information relating to the facility;


Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute: Biological Sciences Faculty Offices
Category: Academic
Grade: Grade 9
Salary: £53,353 to £61,823 p.a.
Working Time: 100%
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Ongoing
Release Date: Tuesday 28 February 2023
Closing Date: Tuesday 28 March 2023
Reference: FBSFO1185

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