Technical Officer – Mesoscopic Imaging Facility
Location:Barcelona, Spain
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years (renewable)
Grading:4, 5 or 6; depending on qualification and experience
Closing Date:31 March 2018
Reference Number:BA_00026

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).

EMBL Barcelona is currently in the process of establishing its research staff and infrastructure. Scientists at EMBL Barcelona will explore how tissues and organs function and develop, in health and disease. Alongside cutting-edge research, the site will house a state-of-the-art Mesoscopic Imaging Facility, enabling scientists worldwide to access imaging technologies specifically designed for studying tissues. The Facility will provide imaging solutions that cover the meso-scale “imaging gap” between high-resolution techniques such as confocal microscopy and methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that can image entire mammalian organisms, but with limited resolution.


We are looking for a Technical Officer to join the Mesoscopic Imaging Facility at the newly established EMBL-Barcelona outstation. The successful candidate will participate in the development of innovative technologies that will support the work of the outstation. This will involve implementation of novel imaging platforms based on light-sheet microscopy and optical projection tomography; however, alternative techniques suitable for mesoscopic biological imaging may be introduced in the future.


The position will involve the design, implementation and maintenance of optical mesoscopic imaging instrumentation that will complement and improve the existing technologies in the Facility, and support the research goals of EMBL-Barcelona scientists and the larger biomedical community.


Duties (in cooperation with the Facility staff):

  • Design of mesoscopic imaging instrumentation.

  • Implementation of the hardware necessary to achieve the Facility’s imaging goals.

  • Coding of control software necessary to run the optical instrumentation and implement the experiments required by Facility users.

Qualifications and Experience

The position requires a Master’s degree or equivalent in engineering, physics, or a related discipline. A practical knowledge of instrumentation for optics and imaging is expected, as well as the ability to develop instrumentation hardware and control software for a user-oriented imaging facility. The candidate should be able to work both independently and as part of a team in the Facility. Additional beneficial qualifications include: experience with optical microscopy (as a user and/or technology developer); experience with LabView, Matlab, and SolidWorks; experience dealing with large scientific data sets (image data in particular); experience working in a user-oriented scientific facility. A fluent knowledge of the English language is required.

Application Instructions

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs

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.