Application Specialist in Advanced Light Microscopy - EMBL Imaging Centre

Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Staff Member - Administrative and support
  • Contract duration: 3 years renewable
  • Grading: Grade 5 or 6, depending on qualification and experience
  • Closing date: 31 December 2020
  • Reference number: HD01871

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About this position

We are looking for a highly motivated and interdisciplinary imaging specialist to join the Advanced Light Microscopy (LM) Team led by Timo Zimmermann at the new EMBL Imaging Centre (EMBL IC).

EMBL is currently constructing the EMBL IC to make the latest imaging technologies available to a broad, international user community of researchers from academia to industry. The Advanced Light Microscopy Team will work in close collaboration with the Electron Microscopy Team to offer a broad spectrum of electron and light microscopy technologies with special emphasis on correlative microscopy, covering all scales from structure determination of single protein complexes to imaging whole organisms. Advanced and mostly pre-commercial light microscopy will include the latest (cryo-) super-resolution, light-sheet and multiphoton technologies. Dedicated service staff will provide bespoke user project support from sample preparation to image analysis.

The successful applicant will be part of an international, highly collaborative team comprising microscopy engineers, application specialists and image analysists having the mission of highest-level user service provision and technology development. Before opening of the EMBL IC the successful candidate will work on selected pilot projects and microscopy technologies integrated in EMBL’s existing research groups and facility service teams.

Other positions currently open in the EMBL IC:

Your role

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • Supporting users in all aspects of advanced light microscopy as well as correlative microscopy experiments: sample preparation, introduction to the imaging technology, assistance and trouble-shooting during imaging and data collection, data management as well as data analysis.
  • Setting-up, testing, and running of advanced light microscopy equipment.
  • Developing novel image acquisition schemes and workflows tailored to the EMBL IC in close collaboration with academic microscope developers, optical engineers and industrial partners of the facility.
  • Organising and teaching of light microscopy techniques for the EMBL IC user community.

You have

  • PhD in the life sciences, physics, engineering or related disciplines.
  • Profound experience in advanced light microscopy techniques (nonlinear microscopy, deep tissue imaging and/or light-sheet microscopy), image analysis and sample preparation and their application to biological questions.
  • Experience in support of microscopy applications and development of new applications related to advanced light microscopy.
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, rigorously and independently.
  • Fluency in English.

You might also have

  • Experience in user support in microscopy facilities.

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. Excellent child care facility is available 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.

The working language of the institute is English.

In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, CV and the contact details of 3 referees. Further information about the position can be obtained from Stephanie Alexander, (, project manager of the EMBL IC.

Interviews are planned for February 2021.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.

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