12 Oct. 2021

Light Microscopy Imaging Specialist (ABBE Tech Oct2021)

Location: Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Lisbon
Employer: Champalimaud Foundation
Job Type: Full Time
Position: Scientific Research
Application Starts: 12 Oct. 2021
Application Ends: 30 Nov. 2021

Research is at the heart of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a modern research and clinical facility situated on the waterfront in Lisbon, Portugal. The goal of Champalimaud Research (CR) is to perform world-leading fundamental and translational research. Current research work is focused on the fields of neuroscience, physiology and cancer. Champalimaud Research comprises a team of over 400 scientists from around the world. English is the official language of the Centre. Lisbon’s sunny Atlantic Mediterranean climate, vibrant culture and high quality of life make this a great place to live and work.

Offer Description

The Champalimaud ABBE Platform is one of the largest and youngest imaging facilities in Portugal. It offers 8 advanced imaging systems to circa 170 users per year, who annually book more than 20000 hours of instrument time, and it plans to grow further in the next 5 years. We are now seeking a highly motivated and service oriented light microscopy imaging specialist at post-doc level, who will become part of our team and will support imaging projects mainly in the fields of Cell Biology and Neurobiology.

The candidate is expected to

1. Support a broad variety of light microscopy imaging projects;

2. Provide training in light microscopy, with a particular focus in confocal, deep-tissue imaging and light-sheet microscopy;

3. Support users in the first steps of imaging visualisation and analysis;

4. Maintain and service the current imaging systems;

5. Implement and develop new imaging technologies;

6. We are currently equipped with three high-end wide-field microscopes (included an automated slide scanner), two different light-sheet microscopes for small living samples and large-cleared specimens, three laser scanning confocal microscopes equipped with multiplex and Airy-detectors, capable of extended resolution.


Minimum qualifications

Candidates should have a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in biology, engineer, physics, or related subjects and experience in basic and advanced light microscopy.

Essential skills

1. Experience in Confocal microscopy, deep tissue imaging and light-sheet microscopy for both small living specimens and large cleared samples, 3D imaging registration, reconstruction and visualisation.

2. Experience in imaging analysis with both open source and commercial software packages.

3. An excellent command of English together with good communication skills and self-motivation are also required.

4. The candidate should be a proactive, service-oriented team player willing to help scientists with basic and advanced aspects of light microscopy.

Desirable skills that will also be considered

Theoretical and practical knowledge in tissue clearing. Java, python and C/C++ scripting skills would be considered as a plus


1. Competitive remuneration package commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

2. Full immersion into a research excellence ecosystem with highly motivated researchers, supported by state-of-the-art technology and continuous development opportunities.

Application materials

1. CV and letter of motivation;

2. Contact information of two references;

3. Proof of qualifications (certificates) may be required at a later date for the formalisation of the contract agreement. Degrees obtained abroad may need to be formally recognised in Portugal.

How to apply

Format: Candidates must complete the standard application form and submit a single annexed PDF document containing the application materials stated in the call. Call reference: ABBE tech Oct2021

Applications are also accepted in paper, sent or handed to the HR & Fellows Support Office at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, Avenida Brasília, 1400-038 Lisbon, Portugal.

Notification of results

All candidates will receive a receipt of acknowledgment within 7-10 business days. The highest scoring candidate will be notified by email or telephone. All other candidates will be notified solely by email of the final outcome of the recruitment process.

After being notified, candidates will have 10 working days to present a claim for redress by email (careers@research.fchampalimaud.org). If no claim is received by the Champalimaud Foundation, the Evaluation Committee's decision will become definitive.

Selection process

Candidates will be screened to determine eligibility based on minimum qualifications listed in call.

Candidates meeting minimum requirements will be scored according to the required application materials: CV 50% weighting, motivation letter 40% weighting, reference letters 10% weighting.

The top 3 candidates will be interviewed (in person, or remotely). The result of the interview is then the sole evaluation criteria. Interviews will be held from the first week of November.

If provided, and if shortlisted, candidates’ referees may be contacted and may count towards evaluation.

Evaluation committee members

Davide Accardi
Pedro Garcia Da Silva
Michael Orger

Relevant institutional information

In line with our community guidelines and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy and Gender Equality Plan, no candidate may be privileged, favoured, prejudiced or deprived of any right or excluded from any duty on the basis of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, disability, chronic illness, language, nationality, territory of origin, family status (marital, pregnancy and maternity, having or not having dependents), socioeconomic situation, education, religion, political or ideological beliefs, trade union membership, or on any other grounds which are irrelevant to decision-making.

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