Scientific Officer - Protein Expression and Purification Core Facility

Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Administrative and support
  • Contract duration: 3 years
  • Grading: 4, 5 or 6; depending on qualification and experience
  • Closing date: 31 October 2020
  • Reference number: HD01832

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About this position

The main goal of the Protein Expression and Purification Core Facility is to provide support to the EMBL research community regarding all types of experiments related to advanced protein expression, purification and biophysical characterization.

Your role

The new staff member will be responsible for recombinant protein expression and purification experiments in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. She/he will be expected to discuss the project needs with individual users and then develop a suitable strategy for the construct design, expression and purification of the requested recombinant proteins. Quality control of the purified proteins will be performed in close collaboration with the facility's biophysics platform. Furthermore, the new scientific officer will also take part in reagent development and explore and optimise novel methods and protocols with the aim of developing robust and efficient pipelines adapted to the requirements of our users.  

You have

The minimum requirement for this position is a degree in biochemistry, molecular biology or in a closely related scientific area. Expertise in the field of protein expression in insect and mammalian cells and in-depth knowledge of various chromatographic techniques is essential, experience with bacterial expression would be a plus. Teamwork, flexibility, good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a varied multicultural user community are expected. Fluency in English is required.

You might also have

A good working knowledge of various cloning methods would be considered an advantage for the position.

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.

Interviews are planned for middle - end of November 2020.