Research Technician


Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Science, research and training
  • Contract duration: 3 years
  • Grading: 4, 5 or 6 depending on qualifications and experience
  • Closing date: 5 July 2020
  • Reference number: HD01763

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About this position

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), Monterotondo near Rome (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain).   The EMBL in Heidelberg, is looking for a Research Technician to join Dr. Nicoletta Petridou’s group in the Developmental Biology Unit. The Petridou group is studying the emergence of collective tissue behaviours from various forms of underlying cellular interactions, using zebrafish and Xenopus embryos as model organisms and a combination of embryological, biophysical, imaging and theoretical tools. We are searching for a highly motivated research technician who would have a central role in setting up the research group and make original scientific contributions to research projects of the lab.

Your role

  • General lab management tasks: organization, ordering, preparation of reagents
  • Scientific support with individual experiments: standard molecular biology (e.g. cloning and genotyping); embryology techniques (e.g. in situ hybridization, microinjections and imaging); the candidate will be trained in lab specific techniques (e.g. biophysical assays, image analysis)
  • Generation of transgenic / mutant fish lines and conduct fish husbandry duties with the aquatic core facility
  • Support training new lab members

You have

  • Undergraduate or advanced degree from accredited university or technical school
  • Expertise in molecular/cellular biology
  • Highly motivated with proactive personality and solution-oriented approach
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficient in spoken and written English

You might also have

  • Working experience with animals (preferable zebrafish, Xenopus) of advantage but not mandatory
  • Working experience with live imaging (confocal, light-sheet) and/or data analysis (Fiji, Imaris, MATLAB) is of 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.

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. Please apply online through: www.embl.org/jobs


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