Research Technician
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: 4, 5 or 6; depending on qualifications and experience
Closing Date: 26 February 2020
Reference Number: HD01690
EMBL is seeking an outstanding and experienced experimental Research Technician to join the ‘Systems Genetics and Precision Health’ group led by Dr. Lars Steinmetz. The group develops and applies genome-wide technologies to elucidate the genetic basis of complex phenotypes, the functions and mechanisms of transcription, and the genetic and molecular systems underlying diseases. The group works in an interdisciplinary manner across diverse projects, integrating experimental and computational biology.  

Your role

The Research Technician´s responsibilities will include:
  • Cell biology applications, including handling of human cells, generation of stable cell lines, transfections, lentiviral transductions, performing of high-throughput genetic screens, flow cytometry, and microscopy.
  • Basic molecular biology, including molecular cloning, DNA/RNA preparation and analysis, generation of CRISPR/Cas9 libraries for genetic screens.
  • Testing, developing and evaluation of new tools and experimental protocols, in particular in the field of next generation sequencing (RNA sequencing, single-cell RNA sequencing, NGS library preparations).
  • Supporting members of the laboratory throughout their scientific projects. The Research Technician is expected to contribute to scientific projects at all stages, ranging from experimental design to data interpretation. Some work will be done in collaboration with the EMBL Genomics Core Facility to optimize the aforementioned protocols.
  • Training new group members and visitors in technologies and protocols used in the laboratory. Oversee supplies and equipment in the lab, routine administrative support.

You have

We are especially looking for a stellar experimentalist who already worked as a research technician. The successful candidate will have strong hands-on experience in cell and molecular biology techniques; experience with CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering would be highly desirable. Applicants should have an appropriate University degree or equivalent certificate from a technical training college in a relevant scientific subject. 3-6 y of laboratory experience will be considered in lieu of a degree. The appointed candidate should have a strong interest in science, and be familiar with the biological mechanisms underlying gene expression. We expect the willingness to learn and develop to gain new knowledge and skills, and to contribute to the completion of project goals. (S)he will be capable to plan and execute experiments independently, but also enjoy being part of an interdisciplinary team of young scientists within a highly collaborative international atmosphere. We expect the successful candidate to be well organized, with an attention to detail and record-keeping. Excellent communication skills and fluency in written and verbal English are essential.  

You might also have

Basic knowledge in the field of next generation sequencing and computational biology would be an asset.  

Why join us

Working for EMBL gives you an opportunity to apply your skills and energy for the greater good. EMBL is curiosity-driven, community-oriented and international. Competitive salary, a relaxed culture, ongoing professional development, an on-site nursery, canteen and library all make EMBL a great place to work. 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.

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