Group Leader - New approaches in Electron Microscopy

Hamburg, Germany Group Leader

We are seeking to recruit highly motivated group leaders who wish to pioneer new approaches in electron microscopy at EMBL

EMBL Hamburg has pioneered the use of synchrotron radiation in the Life Sciences and has provided service facilities for the use of X-rays in Structural Biology for decades on the DESY campus, Hamburg, Germany. At present, the EMBL Integrated Facility for Structural Biology provides access to structure determination pipelines employing crystallography and/or small-angle X-ray scattering to a large international user community. EMBL and other research organizations in Hamburg are now expanding and diversifying this portfolio towards imaging of biological samples at multiple scales, as our contribution toward a future Science City Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. This includes the establishment of a new EM user facility on DESY campus.

EMBL’s future scientific directions, Molecules to Ecosystems, include a vision to advance our understanding of ecosystems at the molecular level, applying expertise in molecular biology to study life in its natural context. New research areas will focus on applying experimental, computational and theoretical approaches to study at multiple levels (molecules, cells, tissues and populations) how organisms interact with each other and respond to environmental change.

The future group leader will be embedded in the multidisciplinary and collaborative environment of EMBL, which provides many opportunities for interaction with other research groups. In particular, there are opportunities for synergistic projects with applications in X-ray based structural biology and imaging, integrative structural modeling approaches, and advanced sample preparation and characterization methods.

Your role

  • Establish an innovative research program towards new approaches in electron microscopy, encompassing experimental and/or computational developments. These could cover a broad range of approaches, addressing structures of biological molecules, ranging from reconstituted assemblies to in situ approaches in cellular systems and at multiple scales.
  • Develop and contribute to projects in structure-based research on infection biology of the EMBL Hamburg Unit and CSSB.
  • Contribute to the planning and operation to future EM facilities on the Hamburg-Bahrenfeld research campus.

You have

  • A PhD in a relevant research area.
  • Expertise in challenging molecular and/or cellular cryo-electron microscopy applications.
  • Track record and interest in technical developments, which could range from experimental approaches (sample preparation, characterization, data acquisition) to computational approaches (data processing and interpretation, modeling, automation).
  • Strong motivation to work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary environment of EMBL.
  • A concise research plan with clearly outlined original and ambitious research goals.

Why join

EMBL appoints group leaders from early on in their career and provides also a very supportive environment for your first independent position in order to achieve your research goals. The initial management training (the "Lead your Lab" course) is provided for all new incoming group leaders.

EMBL offers a highly collaborative, uniquely international culture. The various EMBL units are strongly connected and cross-unit collaborations are not only possible but also strongly encouraged. It fosters top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of young independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and core facilities.

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. The remuneration package comprises a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits.

EMBL is committed to internationality, diversity and equality, and as such encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

What else you need to know

EMBL is 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 1700 employees from more than 80 countries, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. Further information about research at EMBL Hamburg and CSSB can be found on the respective web pages. In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, your CV, the names and contact details of 3 referees and a concise description of research interests & future research plans, typically not exceeding five pages. Further information about the position can be obtained from Matthias Wilmanns. Interviews are planned to take place on the 28th - 30th September 2020.

Information on Group Leader appointments can be found here. 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. Please apply online through: