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Group Leader - X-ray Imaging of Biological Samples

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Location: Hamburg - Germany
Salary: Grade 5 years (renewable)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th June 2020
Closes: 13th August 2020
Job Ref: HH00191

About the team/job

We are seeking to recruit a group leader to develop X-ray imaging applications in the life sciences towards a future user facility.

EMBL Hamburg has pioneered the use of synchrotron radiation in the Life Sciences and has provided service facilities for the use of X-rays in Structural Biology for decades on the DESY campus, Hamburg, Germany. At present, the EMBL Integrated Facility for Structural Biology provides access to structure determination pipelines employing crystallography and/or small-angle X-ray scattering to a large international user community.

EMBL’s future scientific directions, Molecules to Ecosystems, include a vision to advance our understanding of ecosystems at the molecular level, applying expertise in molecular biology to study life in its natural context. New research areas will focus on applying experimental, computational and theoretical approaches to study at multiple levels (molecules, cells, tissues and populations) how organisms interact with each other and respond to environmental change.

Inspired by ground-breaking experiments in the field of X-ray imaging of biological samples, scientists from EMBL have recently started to explore the possibilities of making high-energy X-ray imaging accessible to a wider biological scientific community. Here, we are looking for a candidate with the ability to expand the research and service portfolio of the EMBL Hamburg Unit into X-ray imaging applications. While the current synchrotron PETRA III already provides excellent conditions, the planned upgrade of the on-site synchrotron ring in Hamburg to PETRA IV will open unprecedented new opportunities for X-ray imaging as well.

Your role

  • Establish an independent and innovative research program towards new approaches in X-ray imaging of biological samples, encompassing experimental, technical or computational developments.
  • Facilitate experiments in X-ray based and correlative imaging of biological materials, ranging from cells to organoids, organs and organisms, using existing facilities at EMBL and other relevant research infrastructures.
  • Develop concepts for a future integrated  user facility for biological X-ray imaging; participation in the overall planning for facilities at the future PETRA IV synchrotron.

You have

  • A PhD in a relevant research area.
  • Profound expertise and track record in X-ray based imaging of biological material, with a particular interest in methodological developments. Additional expertise in correlate imaging approaches would be advantageous.
  • Strong motivation to work at highly collaborative and multidisciplinary environment of EMBL.
  • A concise research plan with clearly outlined, original and ambitious research goals.

Why join us

EMBL appoints group leaders from early on in their career and provides also a very supportive environment for your first independent position in order to achieve your research goals. The initial management training (the "Lead your Lab" course) is provided for all new incoming group leaders.

EMBL offers a highly collaborative, uniquely international culture. The various EMBL units are strongly connected and cross-unit collaborations are not only possible but also strongly encouraged. It fosters top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of young independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and core facilities.

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.

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