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Operational Manager - EMBL Mobile Services

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - EMBL Mobile Services

About the team/job

As a part of the new EMBL-Programme starting in 2022, the transversal research theme Planetary Biology aims to understand, from the molecular to the population level, how microbes, plants, and animals respond to each other and to their environment. TREC (Transversing European Coastlines) is an ambitious Planetary Biology lighthouse project in collaboration with EMBL member states’ scientists and institutions that will sample and study the land-water interface of coastal ecosystems and the impact of various environmental factors such as pollution and changes in climate. EMBL aims to develop mobile services that will: i) support TREC scientists with all equipment and technology needed to preserve and process samples at the sampling sites as well as techniques to monitor environmental and geochemical parameters and ii) give local access and support to EMBL’s member states scientists to multidisciplinary cutting-edge technologies such as advanced light and electron microscopy and multi-omics methods.

We are looking for an Operational Manager who will help to develop and run the mobile services and coordinate them during TREC. The successful candidate will be involved in the recruitment of additional team members. This position is ideally suited for an applicant who is looking for a full position in a dynamic team immersed in EMBL’s collaborative, interdisciplinary and culturally diverse research environment and has the potential to develop into a service team leader position. 

Your role

  • Development of a service team
  • Selection, implementation and daily management of the technologies provided by the mobile services in collaboration with TREC stakeholders
  • Development of standardised sampling protocols with TREC scientists
  • Interaction with Member States users, which involves training of the advanced technologies offered by Mobile Services
  • Travelling during the expeditions to support the services team on site 

You have

  • PhD in life sciences
  • Experience in field sampling, setting up sampling expeditions
  • Extensive experience in supporting scientific teams and scientific activities
  • Experience in providing scientific services in one or more of the following fields: multi-omics, eDNA, fluorescence microscopy, sample preparation for (cryo) electron microscopy
  • Flexibility to travel extensively (mostly within Europe) to support sampling teams during field work activities
  • Excellent time management skills, highly organized
  • Very good problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to adapt to changing work conditions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent proficiency in English (both written and verbal) 

You might also have

  • Environmental / field sampling research background
  • Experience in public engagement and outreach events 

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation. We offer a highly collaborative, cutting-edge and vibrant international atmosphere with a very collegial and family-friendly working environment with excellent professional development opportunities. 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. Our staff also enjoy excellent sports facilities, shuttle bus, an on-site kindergarten, cafeteria and a library.  

What else you need to know

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world aimed to explore the secrets of life. EMBL integrates 27 members states and currently employs approx. 1 800 people across its six sites in Heidelberg, Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Hinxton, and Rome. EMBL Heidelberg is the headquarters site located in Heidelberg, Germany, integrating both research groups and core facilities.

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.

An initial contract of 3 years' duration will be offered to the successful candidate. This can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Location: Heidelberg - Germany
Salary: Grade 6 or 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd December 2021
Closes: 13th February 2022
Job Ref: HD02093
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