Head of the EMBL Sample Preparation and Characterization Facility

Germany (DE)
Grading: 9
July 26 2017
Life Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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

EMBL operates an integrated research infrastructure in structural biology at the PETRA-III ring at DESY, Hamburg, offered to the international research community. It includes three beamlines for applications in X-ray crystallography and small angle X-ray scattering. The Sample Preparation & Characterization (SPC) facility supports external researchers carrying out experiments on these beamlines and hosts a variety of instruments and techniques, including a high-throughput crystallization platform, various biophysical characterization approaches and several methods to characterize protein/ligand interactions. An extension of the SPC activities is hosted in the new Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB). The EMBL SPC facility has a strong track record in the development and implementation of new technologies and approaches.


The successful candidate will continue to operate and further advance the EMBL SPC facility and develop visions on possible future directions. She/he will lead the team supporting the facility. The candidate is encouraged to pursue complementary research activities within the on-site infrastructure environment and the framework of activities of other group and team leaders at the EMBL.


The candidate should have at least three years of post-PhD research experience and a strong track record in a relevant field. Expertise in structural biology, biophysical approaches and protein expression, purification and characterization are essential. Past experience with the provision of research technology platforms will be advantageous.


Further information about research in the EMBL Hamburg Unit and at EMBL can be found at the EMBL web page


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. EMBL is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone. The remuneration package comprise 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.

Application Instructions

Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs


Please include a cover letter, CV and a concise description of research interests & future research plans. Please also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be emailed to: references@embl.de at the latest by 28 August 2017. 

Additional Information

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Hamburg Unit Matthias Wilmanns (matthias.wilmanns[at]embl-hamburg.de)


Interviews are planned for 11 and 12 October 2017. 


Information on Group Leader appointments can be found under http://www.embl.org/gl_faq.

An initial contract of 5 years will be offered to the successful candidate. This can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of review.

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