Group Leader – Molecular Systems Biology
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 5 years (renewable)
Grading: 9
Closing Date: 13 October 2019
Reference Number: HD01610
The Structural and Computational Biology (SCB) Unit at EMBL Heidelberg pursues an ambitious research programme in integrated structural and computational systems biology, bridging between various temporal and spatial scales, from molecules to ecosystems. The Unit seeks to recruit an outstanding group leader to address fundamental questions in structural, molecular or cellular biology.

Your role

Establish an independent and innovative research programme. Research areas can be as diverse as (high-throughput) biochemistry (e.g. characterization of protein-protein interactions, ribosome profiling, enzymology), integrated structural biology, biophysics (e.g. single-molecule approaches to study protein dynamics, cellular phase-separation), chemical biology (e.g. protein labeling, sensors and switches, development of small molecules to control biological functions), proteomics (e.g. top-down or bottom-up proteomics, post-translational modifications), synthetic biology (e.g. introducing new functionalities in biological macromolecules) or a mixture thereof. The research should interface with or contribute to systemic approaches in structural biology, a concept that the unit is pursuing, in conjunction with a strong computational biology programme.

You have

We expect that fundamental biological or methodological questions are addressed and that the successful candidate will complement and synergize with the existing activities of the SCB Unit. You should therefore demonstrate a strong motivation to work in the collaborative and multidisciplinary environment of EMBL.

Why join us

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization 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.

The SCB Unit EMBL offers access to an outstanding integrated structural biology environment that includes a cryo-electron microscopy facility with two Titan Krios and one Talos Arctica microscopes, a crystallization facility, a NMR facility comprising 800 MHz, 700 MHz and 600 MHz spectrometers and high performance computing clusters. Excellent core facilities support research activities, for example, in structural biology, biophysics, chemical biology, metabolomics, proteomics and genomics. Further information about research in the SCB Unit and at EMBL can be found at the EMBL web page.

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 1700 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, 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.

For further information about the position please contact

Interviews are planned for 4, 5 and 6 December 2019.

Information on Group Leader appointments can be found under

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.