Group Leader – Chemical 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).

EMBL is a vibrant interdisciplinary institute where biologists, computer scientists, physicists and chemists work closely together. We are now seeking to recruit an outstanding group leader who wishes to carry out cutting-edge chemical biology research and/or technology development with applications in the molecular life sciences. EMBL considers chemical biology to be an integral part of experimental life science research and this position is being jointly advertised by the four major experimental Units at EMBL Heidelberg, that focus on Genome, Structural and Computational, Cell, and Developmental Biology. Examples of chemical biology research topics of high interest are the development of probes and sensors for imaging and quantitation of biomolecules, the development of chemical biology tools to control and perturb biological molecules and pathways in the cellular and organismal contexts in vivo, as well as nucleotide and protein chemistry to interrogate DNA, RNA or protein structure and function.

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 and disciplines. Many EMBL groups incorporate different aspects of chemistry into their research (, which is facilitated by a Chemical Biology core facility that includes compound screening, computational design and medicinal chemistry capabilities. 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 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 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 to: at the latest by 1 October 2017.

Additional Information

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Unit Jan Ellenberg (

Interviews are planned for 7 and 8 November 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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