Laboratory Officer in Charge

Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Science, research and training
  • Contract duration: 3
  • Grading: 4, 5, or 6; depending on qualifications and experiences
  • Closing date: 21 September 2020
  • Reference number: HD01804

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About this position

A full-time research specialist position for a Laboratory Officer in Charge is available at the EMBL Heidelberg to join the Electron Microscopy Team led by Simone Mattei at the newly established EMBL Imaging Centre. The Mattei team specializes on high-throughput and fully automated pipelines to enable large-scale cryo-EM sample preparation and screening.

Your role

You will manage the laboratory: overseeing its operation on a daily basis, working closely together with the group leader in coordinating and supporting PhD students and postdocs in meeting the research goals of the laboratory. You are expected to learn innovative techniques, participate in scientific meetings and implement novel workflows, while you will enjoy providing training and  guidance to other group members. You will also benefit from the highly collaborative research environment at the EMBL by pursuing long-term collaborations with other research groups and world-class core facilities.

You have

You should have a PhD in molecular biology, biophysics, biochemistry or in a closely related field. If you don’t have a PhD, but you do have a university or technical school degree, you will be considered depending on your experience and/or potential for development. You should also have a strong background in at least one or more of the following areas:

  • heterologous expression and purification of multi-subunit protein complexes,
  • purification of RNAs and ribonucleoprotein complexes,
  • advanced methods in molecular biology and biochemistry,
  • design of protein activity assays, molecular genetic techniques in eukaryotic model organism(s).
You should be very well organized, passionate about laboratory management and able to work independently. The key selection criterion will be the motivation and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and to support and manage ongoing research efforts with a high level of intellectual creativity, persistence and dedication. You must have excellent communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. Fluency in English is required.  

You might also have

  • Experience in teaching, training and supervision of students.
  • Experience in imaging and image analysis for structure determination by cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) will be extremely valuable, but training will be provided if needed.

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 from 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.

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