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Specialist Support Officer

Requisition ID:  20270

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  25-Jun-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £31,406 to £33,309 with progression to £40,927 per annum


Closing Date: 16 July 2022 


The Role


We seek to recruit an experienced Specialist Support Officer who will work closely with members of the BioImaging facility Newcastle University as well as a group of international microscopists to support and grow the QUAREP-LiMi community of scientists.


QUAREP-LiMi (QUality Assessment and REProducibility for instruments & images in Light Microscopy, is an international group of over 400 light microscopists with backgrounds in academia, industry, policy and publishing.  QUAREP-LiMi was formed in 2020 and has now become a global community of volunteers focussed on improving quality and reproducibility in light microscopy.  The aim is to achieve this through better understanding and quality controlling the imaging pathway from the microscope itself through to image acquisition, analysis and publication. 


You will assist with a number of critical tasks associated with maintaining, promoting and growing a large international and diverse community of scientists and industry participants. You should have an understanding of microscopy, data management, research funding and publishing but opportunities for training and self-directed learning will be provided.  You will be expected to take the lead on a number of specific administrative, promotional and technical tasks which require a scientific background. 


This is an exciting position that has the opportunity to make a considerable positive impact on the QUAREP-LiMi community and their aims. Ultimately, you and QUAREP-LiMi will lead to the improvement of microscopy-based research and with it reproducibility in science.


This post is fixed term for 18 months.


For informal enquiries contact

Key Accountabilities
Specifically the post will involve:

  • Using online conferencing tools, establish community networking events. Coordinate discussions and liaisons between commercial, technical and academic stakeholders
  • Providing support for QUAREP members in the use of GitHub and databasing tools such as Airtable and OMERO
  • Maintaining and developing the group’s website (Wordpress) as well as taking the lead on social media streams (Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube channel)
  • Working with QUAREP-LiMi members, develop cross-community interactions and networking events. (e.g. with Bioimaging UK, EuroBioImaging, Bioimaging North America and Global BioImaging)
  • Working with WGs, develop teaching and training material incl. video tutorials
  • Support and provide guidance to QUAREP-LiMi working groups with the use of online publishing (ArXiv), protocol (, code (GitHub) and data (image data resource) repositories
  • Providing conference and meeting support for internal QUAREP meetings as well as playing an active role in these conversations.  Will support and contribute to in-person and virtual networking events
  • Creation of regular internal and external newsletters and review articles; bringing together content from recent advances on the topic of microscope quality control as well as developments in QUAREP-LiMi
  • Be responsible for the maintenance and development of the QUAREP-LiMi website (
  • To help maintain, promote and provide training on an OMERO image management and sharing database
  • Working with members of working group 9 (planning and organisation) provide cross-working group support in the areas of minute taking, meeting organisation, communication and promotion
  • Be responsible for and develop the QUAREP-LiMi social media channels
  • Provide support to QUAREP-LiMi members for, Airtable and GitHub


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Have a scientific background with experience of common scientific web portals and databases (Github, ArXiv, OMERO)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to be able to work with a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Be familiar and have some understanding of the scientific funding and publishing process
  • Be proficient and have experience of using social media platforms such as Twitter & LinkedIn
  • IT literate across a wide range of application
  • Experience of networking and dissemination of work
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Interest in Continuing Professional Development


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positives role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the organisation where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued
  • Well organized, able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks & tight deadlines
  • Works in a planned and structured way
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • High level of self-motivation and independent working
  • Flexible approach to working
  • Promotes inclusivity, diversity and equality at all times



  • Degree in a scientific subject, ideally relative to light microscopy (Biological)

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 20270