EMBL Imaging Centre

Cutting-edge electron and light microscopy technologies

We provide open access for researchers to cutting-edge imaging technologies integrating methods in the field of electron and light microscopy.

Our Motivation

The rapid technological developments of the last two decades have led the scientific community to achieve biological and medical discoveries at an ever-increasing pace. Today, outstanding advances in imaging technologies such as electron (EM) and light microscopy (LM) enable us to directly visualise the molecular machinery of life at an unprecedented level of detail. As seeing is understanding, cutting-edge microscopy is becoming a central technology platform for the life sciences. However, only a minority of scientists have access to the latest imaging technologies as the devices are expensive and complex in their set-up, maintenance and usage.

Get to know us

The EMBL Imaging Centre is a new EMBL service unit at Heidelberg, Germany for the highest resolution EM and LM technologies and the combination thereof (correlative technologies), including academically developed methods not yet commercially available. The main mission of the EMBL Imaging Centre is to rapidly make the most advanced microscopy technologies available as a synergistic service portfolio to the international user community from both academia and industry to enable new ground-breaking research that crosses the scales of biology.

Open access

to new imaging technologies with a special focus on correlating technologies.

Tailored project support

by expert technical staff throughout the whole imaging process: from sample preparation to imaging technology to data analysis.

Advanced training

of users and facility staff in new imaging technologies and workflows.

Latest posts

Course opportunity in advanced image analysis

Programmatic approaches for bioimage analysis via the BioImage Archive with an emphasis on machine learning and advanced image analysis

Credit: Verena Viarisio/EMBL.

We are waiting for you!

As of today we welcome projects from all researchers!

Credit: Stephanie Alexander/EMBL.

First onsite users

We welcomed our first onsite users for LM and EM services in September and October.

Goodbye Judith, we will miss you!

We are all sad to see Judith leaving, but wish her only the best for her future endeavours!

Open Positions

The EMBL Imaging Centre is always looking for highly motivated outstanding people to join the team. All interested should be fascinated by imaging technologies, interested in providing service to the wide user community, and curious about how to combine service provision with technology development in the latest imaging technologies. Current vacancies can be found on EMBL’s job opportunity page – keyword “EMBL Imaging Centre”.

Speculative applications of researchers from all disciplines including your CV can be sent any time to the EMBL Imaging Centre Programme Manager, Stephanie Alexander.

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Generous support to establish the EMBL Imaging Centre was provided by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Wuerttemberg, donations by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation and HeidelbergCement, as well as our industry partners Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Leica Microsystems and Thermo Fisher Scientific.