Staff Scientist for the ID23-2 and/or ID29 MX beamlines at the ESRF
Location:Grenoble, France
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years (renewable)
Closing Date:31 March 2018
Reference Number:GR_00116

Job Description

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations worldwide. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), Rome (Italy).

We have an opening for a highly motivated scientist in the Synchrotron Crystallography team at the EMBL Grenoble Outstation. This team works in close collaboration with the ESRF Structural Biology Group in the operation and development of high performance structural biology beamlines with the aim of impacting on challenging structural biological problems. Towards this goal, as well as providing world leading experimental facilities, the EMBL-ESRF Joint Structural Biology Group also develops advanced instrumentation and data collection methods.

The successful candidate will contribute to the operation and development of methods for biological micro-crystallography on the ESRF beamlines ID23-2 and/or ID29. The recent upgrade of ID23-2 to a high intensity (~1.2 x 10(12) phs/s) microfocus beam (~2 microns in diameter), and installation of a high performance MD3-Up diffracometer represents an excellent opportunity to further develop techniques in biological micro-crystallography. This position also allows the opportunity to contribute in the complete upgrade of ID29 to provide an extremly high intensity, tunable, and microfocus beamline for serial crystallography data collection. He/She is expected to actively participate in local and international initiatives aimed at the further development of synchrotron serial and micro-crystallography techniques required to maximise the scientific potential of ID23-2 and ID29 post ESRF Extremely Brilliant Source upgrade.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in Structural Biology or a related discipline and a minimum three years of post-doctoral experience in MX data collection and analyses. A practical knowledge, or an interest, in synchrotron beamline instrumentation and developing new methods for micro-crystallography at advanced light sources is essential. The candidate should be familiar with the latest MX software developments. Experience in computer programming would be advantageous.

This post holder will require excellent communication skills and have the ability to work within a highly professional and dedicated team of scientists, engineers and technicians. He/She will be expected to represent the team within the JSBG on the EPN campus and at international meetings. He/She will also be expected to give presentations, contribute to training, and to produce other project specific documentation.

Advanced English is required and basic French would be beneficial.

Application Instructions

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Interviews are currently planned for the 15th of May, 2018.

Additional Information

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 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.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.