Group Leader – Computational Biology/Bioinformatics
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 5 years (renewable)
Grading: 9
Closing Date: 13 October 2019
Reference Number: HD01611
The Structural and Computational Biology (SCB) Unit at EMBL Heidelberg pursues an ambitious and broad research program in integrated structural and computational systems biology, bridging between various temporal and spatial scales, from single molecules to entire ecosystems. The SCB unit is a hub for computational biology at EMBL, with several groups employing (meta) genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic analyses to various biological systems. To expand these activities, the SCB unit seeks to recruit an outstanding group leader in the broad area of computational biology to address fundamental questions in structural, molecular, cellular or environmental biology.

Your role

Establish an independent and innovative research programme. Research areas can be as diverse as cheminformatics (e.g. chemical-protein-network analysis within cells and between cells), structural bioinformatics (e.g. modeling of protein complexes and their interactions and/or dynamics in a cellular context or molecular interpretations of cryo-electron tomogram or light microscopy data), systems bioinformatics (e.g. network or community modeling), or environmental bioinformatics (e.g. data-driven or theoretical ecology).

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 within the SCB Unit and beyond is embedded in the vibrant research community at EMBL Heidelberg and the other EMBL sites. 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.