Application Specialist in Advanced Light Microscopy Technologies - EMBL Imaging Centre
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 6, depending on experience and qualification
Closing Date: 29 October 2019
Reference Number: HD01571
We are seeking for a highly motivated and interdisciplinary scientist to join the EMBL Imaging Centre (EMBL IC) team. Due to rapid developments in new imaging technologies, the pace of biological and medical discoveries has increased at an unprecedented speed in the 21st century. For the first time, high-resolution electron and light microscopy technologies enable us to directly visualise the molecular machinery of life under native conditions. Consequently, cutting-edge microscopy is becoming a central technological platform for the life sciences. Currently, few scientists have access to the latest imaging technologies, as the instruments are complex in their development, set-up, maintenance and usage. EMBL is currently constructing the EMBL Imaging Centre to make the latest imaging technologies available as quickly as possible to a broad, international user community of researchers from academia to industry. A broad spectrum of imaging technologies covering the scales from structure determination of single protein complexes to imaging whole organisms will be offered, with a special emphasis on cross modality capabilities (correlative microscopy) and bespoke user project support from sample preparation to image analysis provided by dedicated expert service staff. The successful applicant will be part of the EMBL IC Advanced Light Microscopy Team comprising microscopy engineers, application specialists and image analysists, who work in close collaboration with the Electron Microscopy Team. Both teams have the mission of highest-level user service provision and technology development to continuously improve the services. Advanced and mostly pre-commercial light microscopy technologies will cover all scales from the latest (cryo-) super-resolution technologies to intravital and deep tissue imaging.

Your role

The successful candidate will support users of the EMBL IC in all aspects of advanced light microscopy as well as correlative microscopy experiments including sample preparation, introduction to the imaging technology, assistance and trouble-shooting during imaging and data collection, data management as well as data analysis. S/he will participate in the set-up, testing, running of advanced light microscopy equipment, and development of novel image acquisition schemes and workflows tailored to the EMBL IC in close collaboration with academic microscope developers, optical engineers and industrial partners of the facility. S/he will participate in the organisation and teaching of courses on light microscopy techniques for the EMBL IC user community. The successful candidate should be able to work creatively and independently, be well organised, rigorous, and enjoy working in an international team within a highly collaborative atmosphere. Before opening of the EMBL IC the successful candidate will work on selected pilot projects and microscopy technologies integrated in EMBL’s existing research groups and facility service teams.

You have

  • PhD in the life sciences, physics, engineering or related disciplines.
  • Profound experience in advanced light microscopy techniques, image analysis and sample preparation and their application to biological questions.
  • Experience in support of microscopy applications and development of new applications related to advanced light microscopy.
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills.
  • Fluency in English.

You might also have

  • Experience in user support in microscopy facilities.

Why join us

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. Excellent child care facility is available on campus.

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 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.

The working language of the institute is English.

In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, CV and the contact details of 3 referees.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Stephanie Alexander (, project manager of the EMBL IC.

Interviews are planned for end of November - beginning of December 2019.

The initial contract is for a period of three years with the possibility of a fixed-term extension.