Experimental Officer

University of Exeter
April 10, 2024
Offerd Salary:£41,732
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The starting salary will be from £41,732 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Experimental Officer

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Technical Services

This is a full-time permanent post is available for a highly motivated cytometry specialist to work with a vibrant and diverse community of researchers using cutting-edge cytometry-based technologies that are primarily focused on microbiology research.

The Post

The Van Houte lab (University of Exeter, Penryn Campus) together with The Exeter Centre for Cytomics (EXCC) at the University of Exeter's Streatham campus are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated expert in the rapidly developing field of flow cytometry for microbiological purposes. This full-time post based on the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus is available immediately for a passionate cytometry specialist to join a vibrant and diverse community of researchers using cutting-edge cytometry-based technologies that are primarily focused on microbiology research.

EXCC has been established with the aim of becoming a centre of excellence providing cutting-edge innovative cytomics technologies including imaging flow cytometers (Imagestream), BSLII cell sorters (Bigfoot, FACSAria Fusion, Influx), spectral analyser (Aurora), acoustic flow cytometer (Attune NxT), advanced multiplexing technology (FlexMap3D), and high-performance data analysis structure. This portfolio will be expanded by further state-of- the-art Spectral and OMICS technologies (e.g. spatial proteomics and transcriptomics).

The Van Houte lab at the Penryn campus studies interactions between bacteria and mobile genetic elements, and uses flow cytometry methods to understand genetic barriers in bacteria to parasite infections, including bacteriophages and conjugative plasmids.

You will be joining the EXCC team as an expert in cytometry and strengthening our team in the emerging field of microbiological cytometry. The post holder will contribute to the day-to-day management of the Penryn-based facility (which includes an Aurora spectral analyser and a FACSAria fusion BSLII cell sorter), and will be expected to contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of the facility, its processes, and procedures, and to support the research needs of a range of disciplines accessing the facility, including microbiology, bioinformatics, data science, and immunology. You will be expected to analyse complex data sets with existing publicly available and commercial software solutions (e.g. R/Bioconductor, Python, MatLab, GitHub, FlowJo, FCS Express, Cluster analysis tools, ImageJ, Cell Profiler) and to develop novel tools using statistics, mathematics and machine deep learning approaches for the visualization of high dimensional image and binary data. The post holder will work closely with experts from mathematics, bioinformatics, and computing alongside research scientists of all levels.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 200 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 and QS World University Ranking 2024). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2023, underpinned by Gold ratings for Student Experience and Student Outcomes.

Our world-leading research impact has grown more than any other Russell Group university in recent years, and we are home to some of the world's most influential researchers, seeking to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. More than 99 percent of our research is of international quality and 47 percent is world-leading (2021 Research Excellence Framework).

We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

We are committed to ensuring reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community.

With over 30,000 students and 7,000 staff from 150 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN and Project Juno for Physics), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer.

We are proud signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and welcome applications from service people.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay) and a Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
  • Further Information

    Please contact Dr Raif Yuecel, Head of Cytometry, on 013292 727646 or [email protected] or Prof Stineke van Houte ([email protected]) for informal enquiries.

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