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Engineer in Optical Microscopy

Posted by on 8 February 2024

Job type: Corporate

Location: London


Our mission at Micrographia Bio is to deliver a new era of drug discovery using spatial proteomics.
We are adding an Engineer in Optical Microscopy into our multidisciplinary team. This role will be responsible for the design, assembly, maintenance, and validation of our optical imaging systems. The successful candidate will join a world-class team that is united by an intrinsic motivation to develop first-in class technology and new medicines. We hire people who do brilliant work and 10X the work of the people around them.
As an early team member, you’ll have a major influence over the direction of the company. We’re looking for people who do stunning work. In return we’ll give you an opportunity to grow and develop in a place that’s fun, supportive, and unrelenting in its pursuit of world-class “DeepTech” technology, all while sharing in the success of the company.
We think this is a great opportunity for an industrial microscope engineer who is looking to apply their engineering expertise in a start-up industry environment, here in London.
If consider building microscopes that unravel biology to be your professional craft, this might be the perfect role for you.


  • Design, build, and characterise of advanced light microscopy systems that drive our technology forward (e.g. optical design, hardware control)
  • Collaboratively carry out the design, the acquisition and the analysis of large-scale microscopy experiments in the context of drug discovery
  • Communicating theoretical, practical, and experimental knowledge to the company spanning several disciplines (software, AI, commercial)
  • Working closely with our inter-disciplinary team to establish integrated fluorescence imaging strategies
  • Proactively contributing to a positive, enthusiastic, collaborative engineering culture


Must haves

  • PhD in a relevant technical field (e.g. biophotonics, optics), or equivalent practical experience (advanced microscopy development)
  • Experience in assembling / customising fluorescent microscopy imaging systems for specific experimental purposes
  • Strong practical and theoretical understanding of optical engineering and fluorescence microscopy
  • Ability to think critically and adapt in a fast-paced start-up environment
  • Excellent technical communication skills

Should haves

  • Experience in super-resolution microscopy, especially single-molecule imaging
  • Software development experience – version control, unix, docker, cloud operations
  • Knowledge and experience with Python programing language
  • Basic knowledge of cell and molecular biology
  • Post-doctoral or industry experience
  • Experience in microfabrication

Nice to haves

  • Previous start-up experience
  • Experience in core light microscopy facility
  • Experience in robotics / control theory



  • Industry Competitive Salary
  • Equity options to share in the company success


  • The chance to revolutionise the way we find new drugs and increase probability that you will help discovery drugs that matter with your skillset
  • Company matched pension, private healthcare cover, and life insurance
  • Fully stocked kitchen with breakfast and snacks
  • State-of-the-art London zone 2 working location and laboratories
  • The opportunity to work with global thought leaders on our Scientific Advisory Board
  • Access to Bubble for Work – for care needs of young children, elderly care, pet care. People first – a culture enabling you to do your best work
  • Access to the Cycle-To-Work scheme (including access to secure cycle storage, showers, changing rooms on-site)


Micrographia Bio welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status. If you have a career gap on your CV, but feel motivated by the job description to apply with your skills, we highly encourage your application.

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