Group Leader – Developmental Biology

Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg (DE)
Competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits
September 02 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Job Description

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

The Developmental Biology Unit studies the development of multicellular organisms. Research in the unit covers all levels, from the cellular to the whole organism, and is highly interdisciplinary, combining a wide range of approaches and innovative techniques. EMBL brings together the most talented biologists empowering them to explore bold new areas of biological inquiry.

Research in the Developmental Biology Unit is firmly embedded within the overall EMBL research environment, with extensive in-house collaborations and support from cutting-edge facilities, including genomics, transgenics, metabolomics, mass-spectrometry, and microscopy. Interdisciplinary research at the interface between development and metabolism, tissue mechanics, single-cell genomics, ecology, evolution, or theoretical biology is welcome, as are candidates using classical genetic models or new developmental model organisms.

The successful candidate should have a strong motivation to work in the multidisciplinary and collaborative environment of EMBL, grasping the opportunity to interact with many other research groups. In general, EMBL appoints group leaders early in their career and offers a highly collaborative and uniquely international culture. It fosters top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Significant core funding and limited teaching responsibilities allow EMBL group leaders to undertake ambitious, farsighted research programs and provides a scientific environment that is particularly attractive for researchers with families.

Further information about research in the Developmental Biology Unit and at EMBL can be found on the EMBL web page.

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. EMBL is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women. Appointment will be based on merit alone. The remuneration package comprises 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.

Application Instructions

Please apply online through

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 directly by your referees to: at the latest by 1 October 2017.

Additional Information

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Unit Anne Ephrussi(

Interviews are planned for 18, 19 & 20 December 2017.

Information on Group Leader appointments can be found under

The working language of the institute is English.

An initial contract of 5 years will be offered to the successful candidate. This is foreseen to be extended to a maximum of 9 years, subject to an external review.

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