Technical Officer - Electron Microscopy
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years (renewable)
Grading: 4, 5 or 6; depending on qualifications and experience
Closing Date: 18 September 2019
Reference Number: HD01598
The Electron Microscopy Core Facility (EMCF) is a service providing facility interacting with the various groups from EMBL (main laboratory and other sites) along with external collaborators from the local area and from international institutions. The EMCF offers access to conventional and cutting edge techniques, and is also involved in technological and methodological developments in the fields of sample preparation for EM, correlative light and electron microscopy and volume EM. The successful candidate will integrate in this open and technically advanced environment.

Your role

The major task of the Technical Officer in the EMCF will be to contribute to these services and technological development activities that involve:
  • Performing the sample preparation techniques for electron microscopy, including chemical fixation, high pressure freezing, freeze substitution and resin embedding.
  • Performing sections by ultramicrotomy and serial sectioning.
  • Performing EM acquisitions on the available systems of the Electron Microscopy Core Facility.
  • In particular, the technical officer will conduct and perform advanced experimentation in the fields of Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy (CLEM) and in 3D Electron Microscopy (3DEM).
The Technical Officer will directly participate in the research projects and will be responsible for training and providing technical assistance for students and postdoctoral fellows visiting the facility. As an expert in Electron Microscopy, he/she would also carry on methods development in relation with the ongoing projects and in phase with the strategical orientations of the facility. The candidate must be able to work reliably, efficiently, independently. He/she must be able to multi-task and organize and run several projects in parallel. In addition, the Technical Officer will be in charge of the general organization of the laboratory, including the management of the different workstations in the facility. Involvement in the maintenance of reagents and protocols databases will also be required.

You have

  • A strong experience in sample preparation methods for electron microscopy, including chemical fixation, cryo-methods (HPF, freeze substitution) and ultramicrotomy (including serial sectioning).
  • Previous experience in operating electron microscopes.
  • Experience in TEM tomography (including related software packages).
  • High motivation and enthusiasm to work within an international team.
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English.

You might also have

  • Experience in training and laboratory organization.
  • Experience with different imaging software packages.
  • Previous experience in light microscopy (live cell imaging, confocal, light sheet, …).

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 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 and the availability of an excellent child care facility 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 1800 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

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

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