Postdoctoral Fellow
Location: Rome, Italy
Staff Category: Postdoctoral Fellow
Contract Duration: 3 years
Grading: NA
Closing Date: 9 July 2021
Reference Number: RM00097
The Microscopy Facility at the Neurobiology and Epigenetics Unit at EMBL Rome, Italy, is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow who will participate in optical instrumentation and spatial-omics research as part of a collaborative international environment. The microscopy facility, together with the histology facility, is establishing pipelines for spatial transcriptomics, proteomics and connectomics (see for example https://www.embl.org/news/lab-matters/beyond-the-lens-microscopy-at-embl-rome/). Our aim is to visualize large scale connections in neural tissue as well as proteins and thousands of individual RNA transcripts within large tissue volumes. This job has a strong focus on technology development to improve imaging systems as well as to expand and up-scale experimental pipelines. As such, we expect several technological innovations that may lead to an important role in industry, within the context of a core facility or the creation of a start-up.

Your role

To meet the research and technology development goals of the facility, the person appointed will directly take part in projects such as to expand multiplex capacity of existing spatial -omics methods, develop sample preparation protocols, implement light sheet microscopy for large volumetric imaging, to name a few. Depending on his/her interests and expertise, he/she is expected to take a strong lead on his/her project, to develop and pursue independent ideas and participate in the technology transfer process.

You have

• PhD in Biology, Bioengineering or related subjects. • Broad knowledge and experience in optics or microscopy and in cell/tissue sample preparation methods. • Excellent manual dexterity and organizational skills. • Pro-active attitude and hands-on approach to problem solving. • Excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills with highest ethical standards. Fluency in written and spoken English.

You might also have

• Previous exposure to any one of these areas is highly preferred but not required: super-resolution microscopy, molecular biology, image analysis, computer vision and microfluidics. • Skills in histology, from basic to clearing techniques and expansion microscopy. • Knowledge of Italian is beneficial but not required; the working language at EMBL is English.

Why join us

Why not? The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (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 a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical 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.

What else you need to know

EMBL is one of the highest ranked scientific research organizations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK), Barcelona (Spain), and Rome (Italy). The Neurobiology and Epigenetics Unit at EMBL Rome studies various mammalian physiological phenomena from molecular to system levels using the laboratory mouse as a model system. We take advantage of a full range of core facilities as well as close institutional links with other EMBL sites. For more information, please contact Alvaro Crevenna .