Genome Editing specialist
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 2 years
Grading: 6
Closing Date: 18 November 2020
Reference Number: HD01853
The main goal of genetic engineering is to develop methods to modify the genome of animals in a precise and robust manner. CRISPR/Cas9 technology has dramatically accelerated progress in genome engineering. Still, a significant challenge remains to effectively deliver the technology in vivo and develop efficient and reproducible methodologies for advanced genome engineering in diverse research organisms. The genome editing specialist will interface between groups in the developmental biology unit to aid in the experimental design and generation of CRIRSP/cas9 knockout and knock-in experiments across a wide range of animal species.  

Your role

You will work together with a team of scientists to improve the rates of homology-directed repair in model organisms—including flies, worms, sea anemones, and mice. You will also design, develop and optimize experimental strategies for genome-editing in non-model systems. Moreover, you will help trainees to apply these methods to a wide-range of projects with different research groups by providing guidance and technical support. The successful candidate should be highly motivated and able to work independently while being an excellent team player.

You have

EMBL is looking for a scientist with expertise in the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, who thrives in a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge environment. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in biological sciences and extensive research experience. You should have a proven track record in the development or optimization and application of genome-editing technologies in animal species. Excellent communication skills and the ability to drive your own work while collaborating within a team are essential. Fluency in English is mandatory.

You might also have

Prior training in the field of development biology and experience with embryo microinjection will be valuable, but not necessary.

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 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.