Getting the most out of advanced technology with expertise, knowledge, and commitment to using technology correctly and at the limit.

An instrument worth £100K's or £1Mil's, that reveals the fundamental truths of life, depends on incredibly talented, dedicated, passionate staff -- imaging scientists -- TO RUN IT AND DELIVER CORRECT, ACCURATE RESULTS.

People behind the Technology

Getting the most out of advanced technologies
  • Peter O'Toole

    The technology's moved on so fast that the companies are fantastic at making it very user-friendly which also means it's very easy to get results that are wrong.

    Peter O’Toole Head of Imaging and Cytrometry
    University of York
  • Mike Ferguson

    Modern science can't happen without really good and up to date technology platforms staffed by expert scientists who know what they're doing

    Mike Ferguson Regius Professor of Life Sciences and Academic Lead for Research Strategy
    University of Dundee
  • Paul Appleton

    You can put the fancy expensive equipment in a facility, but it's not going to help unless you've got the people there that can that can use it and show people how to use it.

    Paul Appleton Senior Research Associate
    University of Dundee

Did you know?

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"There is now a greater need to support closer, sustainable interactions between technology developers and users across multiple sectors and disciplines, particularly in terms of skills and technology development."

BBSCR Strategic Review
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"Strong bioimaging facilities across the UK are valued by the bioimaging technology industry as hubs of technologies, training and expertise."

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"As equipment becomes more advanced the need for specialist technical posts to run specific instruments grows. Dedicated expert staff members increase the efficiency of these highly complex instruments by helping researchers collect the best quality data... and by ensuring instruments are optimally maintained."

Anatomy of an Imaging Scientist

Given the highly interdisciplinary nature of the job, the requirements for dedicated bioimaging facility staff comprise a wide range of skills and attributes including, amongst others:

Knowledge of science, applications.


Seeing what others don't see


Communication, Knowledge Transfer


Passion for imaging, technology and helping people

Imaging Scientist Anatomy

People management and ability to train


Sample handling & preparation


Hands-on experience of tech & devices

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Implementation & application of new technology


The rapid technological advances in the area of imaging, particularly for life sciences, requires Imaging Scientists to stay up to date with the latest developments in technology and further develop and customise imaging instrumentation.

Through the process of collaboration with technology companies bringing products to market, Imaging Scientists can contribute to the development of new technologies in the alpha and beta stages. Through this co-development Imaging Scientists can ensure that technology is fit for purpose and correct for the science. This benefits technology companies by allowing them to test and improve their products before they go to market.

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Conclusions & Future Directions

Advanced imaging technology platforms are essential for progress in modern science.

Expertise and know-how are critical to delivering maximum value from investments in advanced imaging technology.

Imaging Scientists all say how much they enjoy working with technology and delivering results for their users and colleagues.

Just as technology is continuously developing and advancing, Imaging Scientists are constantly learning and evolving, finding new ways and methods to run cutting-edge experiments and make new discoveries.