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Training Lab Technician

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Grade 4, 5 or 6; depending on qualification and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st May 2019
Closes: 30th June 2019
Job Ref: HD01533

About the team/job

EMBL is Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation with more than 80 independent research groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. It operates across six sites, Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Cambridge, Grenoble, Hamburg and Rome. Our mission is to perform basic research in molecular biology; train scientists, students and visitors at all levels; offer vital services to scientists in the public and private sectors within the member states; develop new instruments and methods; and engage actively in technology transfer.

The External Training team of the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT) is looking for a laboratory technician for its training laboratories and the computer training room.

Your role

Advanced Training is one of the five core missions of EMBL. The postholder will be part of the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training (EICAT). Responsibilities include the organisational and logistic preparation of the training laboratories and equipment for practical training courses spanning various life science disciplines, as well as the organisational supervision and coordination of the computer training room.

Tasks include:

  • Assisting course organisers during the preparatory phase for both wet training laboratories and computer training room.
  • Ensuring daily laboratory operations, such as dispatching equipment and providing consumables.
  • General support during the courses for both practical and computer-based courses.
  • Organisational coordination of the computer training room in close collaboration with EMBL IT staff and course organisers.
  • Maintaining inventories, and organising installation, calibration and maintenance of lab equipment.
  • Support supplier relationships if needed.
  • Preparing reagents and cell culture for practical courses, providing advice and guidance to laboratory users.
  • Being involved in other EICAT related tasks as needed.
  • All training lab related tasks will be carried out in close collaboration with the Training Lab Manager.

The post holder will directly report to the Manager of External Scientific Courses.

You have

Applicants should have an appropriate degree from a university or technical school and significant lab experience in molecular biology or a closely related area. The applicant should also have sufficient computational skills to support and coordinate the computer training room. The successful candidate should have effective organisational skills and the ability to handle work in an efficient, independent and timely manner. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, initiative and a problem-solving attitude are required. The applicants should be able to adapt techniques from the literature to the lab and should enjoy learning new methods. A broad knowledge of standard molecular biology methods and standard computer skills are required. Fluently spoken English is essential. 

You might also have

Additional experience in data analysis would be a plus. Knowledge of German is beneficial. 

Why join us

EMBL is curiosity-driven, community-oriented and international. Competitive salary, a relaxed culture, ongoing professional development, an on-site nursery, canteen and library all make EMBL a great place to work. Our mission has us exploring life at all levels, and creating new ways to look at the world. Our reputation is built on scientific excellence and collaboration, and the projects we take on require all kinds of people and working styles, from big-picture creatives to patient detail-seekers. 

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