Research Technician – High-throughput Crystallization

Key information

  • Location: Hamburg, Germany
  • Staff category: Staff Member
  • Job type: Research
  • Contract duration: 3 years
  • Grading: 4, 5 or 6, depending on individual qualifications and experience
  • Closing date: 19 January 2021
  • Reference number: HH00195

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About this position

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organizations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany) and the outstations are in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK),Monterotondo (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain). The European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s Outstation in Hamburg offers an international and stimulating environment for structural molecular biology research. It operates three highly brilliant synchrotron beamlines for protein crystallography and SAXS. The Sample Preparation and Characterization Facility (SPC) allows visitors (internal and external users) to apply quality assessments to their macromolecular samples to obtain the best possible conditions for structural studies. It is hosted next to the EMBL beamlines with an extension to the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB).

Your role

The EMBL SPC facility has a strong track record in the development and implementation of new technologies dedicated to structural biology approaches. The facility includes a large high-throughput crystallization platform and a wide array of instruments for molecular biophysics.

You will perform crystallization experiments and operate an automated Crystal Harvester. The CrystalDirect® technology is capable of harvesting protein crystals from 96-well CrystalDirect plates by means of laser photoablation. Other tasks involving control electronics and robotics will be carried out in close collaboration with EMBL’s synchrotron Instrumentation Team. The successful applicant is expected to provide day-to-day support to the EMBL and international user community that will use the facility for routine and designed experimental services.

You have

  • A degree in a relevant field (biology, biotechnology or related disciplines).
  • Working experience in biotechnology or biochemistry is essential.
  • Knowledge in protein crystallization and automation will be considered advantageous.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate with researchers are essential.
  • Good knowledge of desktop software applications is required.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory and German language skills are desirable.


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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. Staff working at the synchrotron radiation beamlines operated by EMBL Hamburg Unit benefits from cutting-edge technology and opportunities for career development and collaboration with colleagues from all six EMBL sites.

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.

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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