Research Technician / Scientific Officer - Electron Microscopy Core Facility

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Contract Duration: 3 years

Job Description
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations world-wide. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Rome (Italy). EMBL is endowed with multiple high-level core facilities offering services to groups from all sites as well as other international institutions. Among them is the Electron Microscopy Core Facility (EMCF), which specializes in cellular electron microscopy. The EMCF activities cover a large spectrum of advanced techniques from sample preparation to image analysis, with a particular focus on correlative techniques and 3D electron microscopy.

We are currently looking for a Research technician / Scientific Officer to join the EMCF. The position will involve direct participation in the research projects by performing ultrastructural analysis on various biological specimens including cultured yeast, insect and mammalian cells as well as, but not limited to model organisms such as flies, nematodes, fish and rodents. The main tasks for the post holder will include sample preparation (fixation methods, resin embedding, ultramicrotomy), imaging (transmission EM, serial TEM, TEM tomography, volume EM), and advanced molecular mapping techniques (immuno-EM and correlative light and electron microscopy). Additional skills in sample preparation for cryo-EM and negative staining would be an advantage.

The candidate will also have the responsibility of maintaining the overall organization of the facility with a high degree of technological expertise and will be responsible for training and providing technical assistance to students and postdoctoral researchers within EMBL as well as visiting scientists. The candidate should be open to acquire skills for new techniques and adapt them to various cell/organism samples.

Qualifications and Experience
Applicants should have a qualified education and/or university degree in life sciences. The position requires qualification in the field of EM applications to cell biology. Ideally, applicants should have knowledge in light microscopy and/or in molecular biology and/or in image processing.

The candidate should be able to work both independently and as part of a team in the Core Facility Unit, and enjoy working in an international and highly collaborative team of scientists. He/she should be highly motivated and have very good communication and interpersonal skills. Furthermore, excellent organizational skills as well as basic teaching skills are essential. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required. Basic knowledge in German and/or French would be an asset.

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Additional Information
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 comprise 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.

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

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