Scientific Officer in Advanced Light Microscopy
Location:Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years (renewable)
Grading:4, 5 or 6; depending on qualification and experience
Closing Date:11 July 2018
Reference Number:HD_01331

Job Description

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations worldwide. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), Rome (Italy).

The successful candidate will work in the Advanced Light Microscopy Facility at EMBL. (S)he will teach and support users in high content and high throughput microscopy technology. This includes all aspects of assay development with respect to automated high throughput image acquisition, image data analysis and large-scale data management. Post holder will also write custom software packages that allow users to conduct experiments at large scale automatically and if necessary develop custom hardware in collaboration with the EMBL workshops and industrial partners. (S)he will also develop custom software for image analysis of user data and will participate in the testing and establishing of cutting edge microscopy technology equipment in collaboration with the industrial partners of the facility. Post holder will participate in the organization and teaching of international courses on advanced and high throughput, high content microscopy techniques.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should hold a PhD in a life sciences discipline with preferably technical background. Experience in cutting edge microscopy technology and image analysis techniques is essential. Advanced skills in high level programing, machine vision and learning, image pattern recognition, handling of large data sets, data evaluation and analysis and the set-up of microscopy equipment would be an advantage. Solid knowledge in current biological and biomedical research is essential. Experience with one or more of the programming languages LabView, Matlab, C, Java, Python as well as literacy with several operating platforms are required. Ability to work under pressure and in a team, with good communication and organisational skills is essential.

Application Instructions

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs

Additional Information

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.


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