Scientist in Electron Microscopy Facility

Key information

  • Location: EMBL Heidelberg
  • Staff category: Staff Member
  • Job type: Scientific Services and Support
  • Contract duration: 3 years (renewable)
  • Grading: 6 or 7; depending on qualifications and experience
  • Closing date: 14 February 2021
  • Reference number: HD01906

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About this position

We are looking for a scientist in electron microscopy and cell biology to join the Electron Microscopy Core Facility. The position will require high-level input on projects or requests coming from the users of the facility and the mastering of  high-end techniques in electron microscopy for Cell Biology, particularly for the specialized fields of correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) and of volume electron microscopy imaging. Specialized tasks involve performing the diverse set of CLEM methods and supervising the operations of the volume SEM activities of the EMCF (FIB-SEM, SBEM, array tomography).

Your role

  • Perform EM on a large range of biological samples, while deploying the portfolio of existing techniques offered by the EMCF. These techniques ranging from sample preparation, ultramicrotomy, microscopy and image analysis/interpretation of the data.
  • Interactions with users:
    • Participate in meetings with the user before the start of the project in order to advise on and offer the most adapted techniques;
    • Guide the users throughout the progression of their experimentation (which may include training them);
    • Provide clear analysis and reports on their results.
  • Supervision and management of the two Crossbeam (XB540 and XB550) and SBEM systems in the EMCF.
  • Organize and conduct courses and workshops on a diverse range of EM techniques.
  • Contribute to and drive the development and implementation of new methods in CLEM and volume SEM.

You have

  • Expert level skills in electron microscopy for cell biology, mastering the conventional methods for sample preparation (chemical fixation, cryo-methods), and the use of TEMs and volume SEMs. Moreover, a significant expertise in light microscopy, in CLEM and 3D CLEM is required.
  • Experience in running and troubleshooting Focused Ion Beam SEM’s and SBEM microscopes.
  • Experience in project management and supervising scientists at all levels.
  • A PhD (or equivalent) in the fields of cell biology. The candidate should have a solid work experience in a laboratory conducting fundamental research in cell biology.
  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills and fluent knowledge of the English language are required.

You might also have

  • Expertise in image analysis softwares
  • Previous experience in the organization of international courses


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 1700 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

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

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