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Mechanical Technician

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Hamburg - Germany
Salary: Grading 5 or 6, depending on experience and qualifications.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th February 2019
Closes: 7th April 2019
Job Ref: HH00165

About the team/job

EMBL is operating an Integrated Facility for Structural Biology at the PETRA III synchrotron radiation source at DESY, Hamburg. The core of the facility is formed by three X-ray beamlines that provide state-of-the-art conditions for X-ray crystallography and small-angle X-ray scattering experiments and a sample preparation facility. The facilities are open to the international scientific community and hundreds of users visit them every year. Custom-made high-precision mechanical components – often in use in vacuum or under cryogenic conditions - are essential in making challenging experiments possible for the users of these facilities.

Your role

You are expected to participate in the construction, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of synchrotron beamline instruments, prototypes and entire experimental setups. Tasks will include developing innovative ideas, making technical drawings, machining, assembly, and testing of precision mechanics. You will work in an international team of technicians, engineers and scientists and will support user operation at the beamlines. 

You have

You should have a certified apprenticeship or an equivalent engineering degree in precision mechanics or a related discipline. You should have demonstrated experience with CNC machine tools and in working with 3D CAD software like Solid Edge or comparable and ideally also with CAM packages like Mastercam.

You must have very good communication skills to collaborate in an international and multidisciplinary team. The working language is English.

You might also have

Experience in the following fields is a plus: work with vacuum equipment, 3D printing, work with cryogenic equipment.

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. Scientists at the EMBL Hamburg Unit benefit from cutting-edge technology to accommodate their research, with on-site synchrotron radiation beamlines operated by EMBL and opportunities for collaboration with colleagues from all six EMBL units. 

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.

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

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