Scientific Officer - Advanced Light Microscopy Facility


Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Administrative and support
  • Contract duration: 3 years (renewable)
  • Grading: 4, 5 or 6; depending on qualifications and experience
  • Closing date: 20 April 2020
  • Reference number: HD01718

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About this position

The Advanced Light Microscopy Facility at EMBL Heidelberg (ALMF) offers a collection of state of the art equipment and image processing tools to support in-house scientists and visitors in using light microscopy methods for their research. In collaboration with other Core Facilities the ALMF also offers a service in correlative light and electron microscopy, spatial omics and high throughput chemical screens. We are seeking for a scientific officer supporting the ALMF team in providing services in advanced confocal microscopy techniques in particular high throughput feedback microscopy and spatial comics.

Your role

The successful candidate will work in the Advanced Light Microscopy Facility(ALMF) at EMBL. (S)he will teach and support users in advanced light microscopy technologies. This includes all aspects of assay development with respect to automated image acquisition, image data analysis and large-scale data management. Post holder will also write custom software packages that allow users to conduct experiments at large scale automatically and if necessary develop custom hardware in collaboration with the EMBL workshops and industrial partners. (S)he will also participate in the testing and establishing of cutting edge microscopy technology equipment in collaboration with the industrial partners of the facility. Post holder will participate in the organization and teaching of international courses on advanced microscopy techniques.

You have

Candidates should have a university degree in either life sciences, physics or engineering, preferably with a PhD. Experience in advanced light microscopy techniques, automation in image acquisition, image analysis and data handling is essential. Experience with one or more of the programming languages LabView, Matlab, C++, Java, Python is required. The successful candidate should be a team player and have good communication and organisational skills. Fluency in English is compulsory.

You might also have

Experience in biological sample preparation and their application to biological questions, organization and teaching of training courses or microscopy technology development might be an advantage.

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.