Securing the Future
of Imaging Science

To deliver impact imaging facilities rely on
more than infrastructure funding

Without funding, you don't have any technology, or the specialist trained staff to support world-leading imaging-based scientific discovery.

Budgets, Bottom Lines, Careers

  • Peter O'Toole

    Meeting budget is number one target of all. It shows the users are using you.

    Peter O'Toole Head of Imaging and Cytometry
    University of York
  • Customer Testimonails

    What's most important is the bottom line - is the money. However, obviously to make sure that we keep making money we need to make sure that our technology is right in our area, that we can support the lines to make that money. So we're kind of an investment in making sure we keep making money.

    Claire Jones Materials Properties and Surface Analysis Group
    NSG Group
  • Customer Testimonails

    The career structures for technology platform scientists are often seen as being difficult and far too many of them end up on soft money when in fact if they’re a core central component of a large research institute or establishment they really should be on core funding and secure funding.

    MIKE FERGUSON Regius Professor of Life Sciences and Academic Lead for Research Strategy
    University of Dundee
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Building the Bioeconomy

  • Not only are [imaging scientists] essential to the day-to-day running of facilities and shared equipment, but they also provide a clear source of in-house expertise and training. It is vital for progress in the bioimaging field that these staff … are able to train others in these technologies … and have a clear career path, including recognition, reward and retention within the field.

    BBSRC Strategic Review of Bioimaging
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Did you know?

Where does funding for Imaging Scientists come from and how does it change during their career?

It’s common and expected that in the first 5 years of a scientific career, PhD and MSc students and other trainees will be supported by external grants, and this is what we observe for imaging scientists. However, >50% of Imaging Scientists are still supported by grants 15 years or more after the publication of their first paper. These senior, highly trained staff are continuing to make scientific contributions but are on short-term contracts.

< 5 years

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5-15 years

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>15 years

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Conclusions & Future Directions

Imaging Scientists are an essential strategic investment to maximise the financial bottom line of a facility.

As a central component of a large research institute or establishment Imaging Scientists should be on core and secure funding.

Imaging Scientists play critical roles in purchase and contract negotiations and value of the technology they look after.

An Imaging Scientist has to meet budgets, provide great technology and always ensure that users are able to get their science done.