Research Technician
Location:Heidelberg, Germany
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years
Grading:4,5 or 6 depending on experience and qualifications
Closing Date:31 July 2018
Reference Number:HD_01337

Job Description

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Headquarters located in Heidelberg (Germany) is looking for a research technician to join Dr. Detlev Arendt group, working in the Evolution of Nervous Systems in Bilateria as part of the ERC funded project “NeuralCellTypeEVO”..

The Arendt group main focus is to track the evolutionary history of all cell types and circuitry using Platynereis dumeriii as a main animal model. Research work combines molecular and cell biology, and microscopy. The main tasks of the research technician will be to assist in projects related to the NeuralCellTypeEvo ERC grant on cell types evolution.

In detail, tasks will include:


• Gene cloning, WMISH and inclusion of the gene expression patterns to ProSPr (an expression atlas developed by the Arendt group for larval stages)
• Specific antibodies development against different Platynereis dumerilii transcription factors.
• Single molecule FISH for identifying cell types.
• Development of DNA FISH protocol coupled to immunofluorescence.
The candidate will be also involved day-to-day lab management organisation. S/he will also be involved in other projects requiring internal and external collaborations.

Qualifications and Experience

The candidate should have a degree in molecular biology/biochemistry sciences and experience in the developmental biology field (preferentially with experience with Platynereis dumerilii). Extensive prior experience in molecular biology or genomics will be considered as a plus. Strong independency and project management skills are required. The candidate should have proved records of working in an international research environment. Excellent scientific communication across disciplines as well as interpersonal skills are strongly required. Fluency in written and spoken English 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.