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Group/Team Leader Integrated Structural Biology by Small Angle X-ray Scattering

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

About the team/job

We are seeking to recruit a group or team leader to oversee and develop the research and services related to small angle X-ray scattering at the present PETRA III and the future PETRA IV synchrotron, which will provide new unique opportunities for unprecedented applications in the life sciences. Areas of high interest are new approaches for time-resolved structural studies, for structural studies of intrinsically disordered proteins, and for bridging molecular structural biology into cellular/organismal imaging.

This position opens at an exciting time as EMBL’s new Programme “Molecules to Ecosystems” has just been launched. Building on EMBL’s expertise, this programme brings together experimental, computational and theoretical approaches to study how organisms interact with each other and respond to environmental change at multiple levels (molecules, cells, tissues and populations).Within this context, the EMBL Hamburg Unit will play a key role by continuing to develop its research services for Small-Angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), as part of an integrated portfolio for experimental and computational services in structural biology and imaging, thus contributing to EMBL’s service provision to all sites and our member states. Our services at the Hamburg site are complemented by a constantly evolving research program ranging from the study of membrane protein complexes, integrative structural modeling approaches to X-ray imaging of cellular structures and organisms.

We are now looking for a future colleague with specific expertise in the field of biological SAXS in terms of both methodological developments and their use in the solution of biological problems and with a strong interest in combining this expertise with other methods. You will take responsibility for and work together with an existing highly qualified team dedicated to the service provision. Areas of interest include time-resolved studies of structural dynamics, development of new concepts for understanding disordered parts of protein complexes, as well as integrative approaches bridging molecular structural biology and cellular imaging. 

Your role

  • Establish an independent and innovative research programme focussed on new SAXS approaches for biological samples, encompassing experimental, methodological and/or computational developments.
  • Contribute to the operation and development of the EMBL research infrastructures at PETRA III as well as preparing, implementing and operating future EMBL research infrastructures in structural biology at the planned PETRA IV synchrotron storage ring, associated with new research and service opportunities.
  • Integrate and combine future SAXS applications with other methodologies in structural biology, as implemented across different EMBL sites.
  • Engage in an advanced external and internal training program, with emphasis on high-end methodology and instrumentation.
  • Represent the EMBL SAXS activities internally and externally including interacting with diverse groups and communities, along with relevant scientific communities, EMBL partners for research infrastructures, EMBL governing bodies and funding organizations.
  • Interest in and contributions to specific themes of EMBL’s new research program “Molecules to Ecosystems” (for further details see:www.embl.org/about/programme/) is strongly encouraged

You have

  • A PhD in a relevant research area, and a proven post-doctoral research record in a relevant field.
  • Profound expertise in Small angle X-ray scattering and/or neutron scattering.
  • Proven track record of developing new technologies.
  • A concise research and development plan with clearly outlined, original and ambitious goals.
  • Strong motivation to work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to provide leadership and guidance to team members, as well as cooperation with internal and external colleagues
  • Fluency in English is essential, both written and in oral communications. 

You might also have

  • Expertise in complementary biophysical and structural biology methods.
  • Expertise in synchrotron technologies and instrumentation
  • Expertise in data base technologies, as well as software development and implementation 

Why join us

EMBL appoints group leaders at all career stages and provides a very supportive environment to help you achieve your research goals, in particular if this is your first independent position. The initial "Lead your Lab" management training is provided for all incoming group leaders.

EMBL is curiosity-driven, community-oriented and international. As an inclusive, equal opportunity employer, we believe that diversity enables us to collaborate more effectively and be innovative in our approaches. We are, therefore, committed to creating an inclusive and flexible culture - one where everyone can realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to our organisation. 

We encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing team – we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and personal experiences reflect the diversity of the populations that our science serves. We actively encourage applications from all genders and cultures, ethnic groups and all demographics to help us avoid perpetuating biases and oversights at this transformational point in our people strategy.

EMBL offers attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family-friendly working environment. Competitive salary and social security benefits, financial support for relocation, a relaxed culture, professional development, an on-site nursery, canteen and other staff facilities make EMBL a great place to work. 

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 1900 employees from more than 80 countries, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. Further information about research at EMBL Hamburg and CSSB can be found on the respective web pages.

In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, your CV, the names and contact details of 3 referees and a concise description of research interests & future research plans, typically not exceeding five pages. Should you plan to submit your application close to the deadline, please inform your referees in advance so they can be ready to send their LOR preferably by the deadline of the call.

Before applying, please read full application instructions here

Interviews are planned for November/ December2022. Same interview conditions will be applied to all candidates, despite of the potential travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 situation.

Information on Group Leader appointments can be found  here

An initial contract of 5 years will be offered to the successful candidate. This is foreseen to be extended to a maximum of 9 years, subject to an external review. 

Further information about the position can be obtained from Matthias Wilmanns

EMBL is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We support fair and responsible research assessment, which includes its recruitment and performance assessment processes. We recognize a range of research outputs, discourage inappropriate use of proxies such as journal impact factors, and value research outputs based on their intrinsic merit.

Location: Hamburg - Germany
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th September 2022
Closes: 23rd October 2022
Job Ref: HH00216
 
   
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