Microscopy Technical Specialist - Bracknell, Berkshire

Competitive Salary
09 Sep 2017
07 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Microscopy Technical Specialist - ()

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

The role:

The Microscopy Technical Specialist will work in a small team who operate as a centre of excellence within Bioscience, this group support a wide community providing solutions to a diverse range of questions. It will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate your technical knowledge and be supported to develop your experience with external networks.

  • Provide scientific leadership within Microscopy; proposing, leading and critically reviewing work programmes in line with the project need and business strategy
  • Provide professional scientific advice and make technical recommendations on processes, technologies and techniques which will have significant business impact
  • Develop and implement innovative scientific solutions to project questions, interpret data in context and make recommendations to drive projects
  • Proactively engage with Development and Market communities to highlight where Microscopy and associated techniques can be deployed in product support and sales.
  • Develop strategic external collaborations to support the science strategy, utilise strong external network to leverage wider insight and capabilities
  • Manage the Microscopy team, leading the strategic direction of the team, develop and gain senior management ownership of the science strategy
  • Provide challenge and prioritisation to new work requests, ensure objectives and timescales are clear, deploying appropriate resources and skillsets to the deliver required outputs
  • Plan and manage own activities and those of the team over many months, considering the implications of actions now and in the longer term
  • Ensure the team are motivated, trained and have clear plans for personal development
  • Initiate and implement new ideas or changes to established protocols or ways of working, fostering a culture of continuous improvement within the team
  • Responsible for technology foresight and development of capital investment plans within the team
  • Contribute to the development of local HS&E policy and strategy; identify, recommend and implement significant improvements in own area


Skills & experience:

  • A chemical or material science background would be preferable although a biological or life science background would also be suitable
  • Substantial practical experience in a relevant professional or academic environment
  • A track record of applying microscopy techniques to new and diverse challenges
  • Strong background in light and electron microscopy and associated preparation techniques
  • Competence in using image manipulation software such as Photoshop and ImageJ for would be an advantage
  • Experience with X-ray microanalysis, confocal microscopy and cryo electron microscopy would be highly desirable

Syngenta will offer:

  • The opportunity to grow with the world's leading Agribusiness company, operating within a challenging international business environment
  • An open, supportive and collaborative working culture
  • Great opportunities for personal development and career progression
  • A permanent, fulltime role, based on-site at our Jealotts Hill Campus, Bracknell, England
  • Competitive salary and benefits scheme
  • 31.5 annual holidays