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Beamline Scientist in Small Angle Scattering

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

EMBL Hamburg is seeking a highly motivated scientist to join the small-angle X-ray scattering team. The EMBL Hamburg Unit is located on the DESY research campus and pursues research in structural biology and the development of instrumentation and computational methodology for small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and macromolecular crystallography (MX). EMBL Hamburg is running one SAXS beamline and two MX beamlines on the high-brilliance synchrotron radiation source PETRA III. The beamlines are complemented by laboratories for biophysical sample characterization and preparation and computational facilities for data evaluation. EMBL is heavily engaged in the preparations for a next-generation synchrotron, PETRA IV, in Hamburg.

Your role

The successful candidate will play a major role in the maintenance and development of the beamline facilities, the support of external users, and in collaborative projects. These activities will include the management of projects and people. There will be opportunities for technology developments for biological SAXS and/or research projects, ideally linked with the operation of the beamline and in collaboration with groups inside and outside of EMBL. The post holder will play an active role in the development of the EMBL activities at PETRA IV

You have

Required qualifications

  • PhD in a relevant field
  • Excellent knowledge of biological SAXS techniques
  • Previous experience in maintenance and development of hardware and/or software for synchrotron radiation beamlines.
  • Experience in work at a large scale user-oriented facility
  • Experience in project management
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to supervise and collaborate in an international team environment

You might also have


  • Significant scientific accomplishments and expertise in structure analysis of biological macromolecules using SAXS.
  • Experience in time-resolved studies with synchrotron radiation.

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an internationalresearch 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, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family. Scientists at EMBL Hamburg benefit from cutting-edge technology to accommodate their research, with synchrotron radiation (PETRA III) and laser (FLASH) facilities available. Additionally, possibility of collaboration with colleagues from other EMBL units

What else you 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 vitalservices 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.

Location: Hamburg - Germany
Salary: Grade 8
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd December 2020
Closes: 2nd February 2021
Job Ref: HH00196
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