Group Leader - Genome Biology

Grading 9
September 05 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Genome Biology Unit is looking for outstanding candidates performing exciting interdisciplinary research, that combines cutting edge genomics and computation to gain systematic and mechanistic insights in an area that complements and extends ongoing themes within the Unit.  Topics include, gene regulation, environment-epigenetic interactions, post-transcriptional or post-translational regulation, modeling across different molecular layers from genotype-to phenotype. We also welcome strong proposals in technology development including single cell and microfluidics genomic approaches.

The Genome Biology Unit studies the molecular mechanisms by which genetic information is expressed and regulated to yield diverse biological systems, combining cutting edge approaches to dissect and model complex processes going from genotype to phenotype.  The Unit hosts 10 independent research groups, working on  synergistic topics, creating a very vibrant and supportive environment.  EMBL is a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research institute with a rich diversity and lively international community. 

The offer includes a very competitive research package, access to state-of-the-art core facilities, and excellent Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows – key features to support a successful research group. Your role You will lead an independent research group to pursue exciting and original research in the broad domain of Genome Biology. EMBL generally appoints group leaders early in their career and provides a very supportive, collegial and family friendly environment in which to develop exciting, cutting-edge research.  Significant core funding and very limited teaching obligations allow you undertake an ambitious, farsighted research program. You have You have an outstanding Ph.D. and post-doctoral record, an exciting and ambitious interdisciplinary research plan for your future group, and be strongly motivated to collaborate with surrounding colleagues. 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 other missions are 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, typically not exceeding five pages. 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 Head of Unit, Eileen Furlong (, to learn more about this opportunity.

Further information about research in the Genome Biology Unit and at EMBL can be found at

Information on Group Leader appointments can be found under

Interviews are planned for January 7th-8th 2019.

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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