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Postdoctoral Fellow in Microfluidic Technology Development

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Competitive salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th January 2019
Closes: 2nd February 2019
Job Ref: HD01451

About the team/job

Applications are invited for a post-doc position in the group of Dr. Christoph Merten, using cutting-edge microfluidic technology in the biomedical field. In particular, we are looking for a candidate who will further develop our personalised cancer therapy platform (Eduati et al., Nat. Communications 2018) towards clinical applications. Making use of microfluidic technology this platform enables to test tens to hundreds of drug combinations directly on live human tumour samples. Exploiting high resolution 3D printing we now plan commercialisation of the microfluidic technology, potentially resulting in the establishment of a startup company building medical instruments. In addition to the 3D printing approach we furthermore plan implementing imaging and sequencing based readouts.

More information about the lab can be obtained at:

Your role

You will be leading a scientific project with high impact in biomedical sciences. In particular, you will build instruments, optimize microfluidic workflows and set up new production techniques. You will also closely interact with members of the EMBL electronic and mechanical workshops. We expect the work to result in high impact scientific publications with you as a main author. Furthermore you might become an inventor on patents resulting from technology development.

You have

We are looking for outstanding applicants holding a university degree in microsystems engineering or related fields. 
High motivation and enthusiasm to work within an international team.
Fluency in written and spoken English. 

You might also have

Prior experience in microfluidics, 3D printing, instrument design, imaging technologies and/or next generation sequencing is advantageous, but not absolutely required. 

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, and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus. 

What else do I 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.

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