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Open Research Scientist Position in our lab

Job Description

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

The Application Engineer / Research Scientist will join the Prevedel group. The goal of the lab is to develop next generation, innovative optical imaging techniques to push the frontier of deep tissue microscopy. The research is geared towards direct applications in biology and neuroscience. The major task of the Application Engineer / Research Scientist will be to support the group by contributing to its research projects and laboratory management. This involves:

  • Design of mechanical, optical as well as electronic components of cutting-edge, novel light microscopes to collect three-dimensional datasets inside scattering tissue.
  • Construction and adaptation of custom microscopy setups for specific life science applications and imaging conditions.
  • Programming and customizing computational data analysis packages including three-dimensional visualization of imaging data and analysis methods.
  • Improving image acquisition workflows (e.g. hardware automation, image post-processing and analysis) and ensuring a technology watch to keep the microscopes at a cutting edge level (at the hardware and software levels).
  • Working in close collaboration with biologists and neuroscientists to ensure practicality of the microscopes (e.g. custom sample mounts, sample environment control)

The Application Engineer / Research Scientist will directly participate in the group’s research projects and will be responsible for training and providing technical assistance for students and postdoctoral fellows in the group. In addition, the Application Engineer / Research Scientist will be in charge of the general lab organization that includes ordering of supplies and equipment as well as the maintenance of databases.

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate should be an optical engineer or physicist (master degree or equivalent, a PhD would be an advantage) possessing advanced computer skills. The candidate should ideally have an expertise in advanced optics, imaging/spectroscopy or light microscopy, must be comfortable with complex technical equipment (including pulsed lasers) and preferably possess programming (Matlab, Python, LabView, or similar) and/or simulation skills (CAD, ZEMAX, or similar). A keen interest in biological applications of new optical technologies as well as experience in supervising students and laboratory organization would be an advantage.

The successful candidate should be able to work independently, be very well organized, reliable and enjoy working in an international team within a highly collaborative atmosphere. Excellent communication and presentation skills and fluency in English are required.

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