Cryo-electron Microscopy Specialist

Field: Materials Science, Physics, Structural Biology/Chemistry


The Centre of New Technologies of the University of Warsaw (CeNT UW) is establishing a new, state-of-the-art cryo-EM Core Facility that will accommodate a 200kV Glacios cryo-TEM microscope equipped with a Falcon 3EC direct detection camera and a phase plate, for preliminary sample screening and a mid-to-high range resolution structural studies of biological molecules. In the near future, we also plan to implement the cryo-focused ion beam milling (cryo-FIB) technology to enable in situ structural biology in intact eukaryotic cells. Our newly formed core facility will become a part of a broader network encompassing the high-end 300kV cryo-electron microscope to be localized at the National Cryo-Electron Microscopy Centre in Cracow, offering unparalleled research capabilities.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the CeNT’s Infrastructure Department as an accomplished electron microscopy specialist, to support the mission of setting up the pioneering cryo-electron microscopy core facility in the country. The successful candidate will be responsible for operating and maintaining the relevant instrumentation on a daily basis, training and assisting users, participating in the development of cryo-EM technology, including contribution to scientific projects, and performing other duties as assigned.

Job type (employment contract/stipend): employment contract

Number of job offers: 1

Remuneration/stipend amount/month: salary adequate to the level of experience

Position starts on: as soon as possible

Institution: Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw

Key roles/responsibilitIes

  • Daily operation and maintenance of the 200kV Glacios cryo-TEM microscope, ensuring optimal performance of the instrument;
  • Operation and maintenance of cryo EM-related ancillary equipment, e.g. Vitrobot plunge freezer for sample preparation;
  • Sample screening and assessment as a prerequisite for efficient cryo-EM data acquisition with Single Particle Analysis (SPA) and/or cryo-tomography;
  • Training, assisting and overseeing users in sample preparation, and data analysis;
  • Managing the cryo-EM Core Facility, including (but not limited to) organizing the daily lab work, ordering supplies, keeping records, writing reports, and performing other activities as assigned;
  • Developing and implementing efficient strategies for sample preparation and data collection;
  • Participating in the development and implementation of new methods/techniques in the
    cryo-EM field.


  • PhD (essential) in Materials Science, Physics, Structural Biology/Chemistry or a related technical field;
  • A minimum of 2 years of hands-on experience and expertise in transmission and/or scanning electron microscopy including instrument operation, calibration, sample preparation, image processing and analysis;
  • Previous work experience in a multi-user microscopy facility will be a strong asset;
  • Strong motivation and willingness to undergo training and expand the existing skills to become a leading cryo-TEM expert capable of working with biological material;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and strong attention to detail;
  • Skills in working and communicating with scientists at all levels;
  • Ability in working on multiple challenging tasks in a rapidly-paced environment;
  • Excellent English language skills both oral and written.

Required documents:

  • CV,
  • Cover letter,
  • Reference contacts.

We offer:

  • Attractive salary adequate to presented skills and experience;
  • Stable employment.

Please submit the following documents to:

Application deadline: 31st March 2019.

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Deadline: 31/03/2019