Group Leader - Chemical Biology

Grading 9-10
September 05 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

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 bioorganic synthetic chemistry with applications in molecular life science.

EMBL considers chemical biology to be an integral part of experimental life science research and this position is therefore being jointly advertised by the four major experimental Units at EMBL Heidelberg, that focus on Genome, Structural and Computational, Cell, and Developmental Biology. Your role You will lead a research group integrated into either the Genome, Structural and Computational, Cell (and Biophysics) or Developmental Biology Units, depending on the best fit with your research goals. We expect you to pursue highly ambitious and original research goals making use of the many opportunities to interact with other research groups in the multidisciplinary and collaborative environment of EMBL.

Many EMBL groups incorporate different aspects of chemistry into their research, which is supported 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 provides a very supportive environment for your first independent position in order to achieve your research goals. You have We are looking for outstanding scientists with PhD or equivalently strong background in chemistry who want to carry out cutting-edge chemical biology research and/or bioorganic synthetic chemistry with applications in molecular life science. Examples of chemical biology research topics of high interest include 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, as well as nucleotide and polypeptide chemistry to interrogate or manipulate DNA, RNA or protein structure and function in situ.

The successful candidate should have a concise research plan with clearly outlined highly original and ambitious research goals. A PhD degree is required. Why join us 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. What else do I need to know We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research.

The working language of the institute is English.

In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, CV and a concise description of research interests & future research plans. After submitting your application, you will be asked to invite 3 referees to provide their online reference, before the application closing date.

Interested candidates are encouraged to make informal enquiries to the search panel chair, Jan Ellenberg (, to learn more about this opportunity.

Interviews are planned for the 19 November 2018.

Information on Group Leader appointments can be found under

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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