Opening For Group Leader and Laboratory Head - Hamburg

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Amar Annamalai
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Opening For Group Leader and Laboratory Head - Hamburg

 Job Ref: HH_00076
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 5 years
Grading: 9
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).
State-of-the-art infrastructures for applications in life sciences on DESY campus, Hamburg, Germany, provide a world-class environment for the most challenging experiments in structural biology with the highest scientific significance. The EMBL Hamburg Unit has built an integrated facility in structural biology, which includes three brand-new synchrotron radiation beamlines at the PETRA III storage ring and a user facility for sample preparation, characterization and crystallization. EMBL is a partner of the new Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) in Hamburg focusing on research in structural biology, systems biology and infection biology.
The most powerful X-ray Free Electron Laser (European XFEL, is presently under construction in Hamburg / Schenefeld and is expected to start operation in 2017. EMBL will provide its expertise as the coordinator of the XFEL-based Biology Infrastructure (XBI) user consortium to establish a state-of-the-art sample preparation facility for life science applications using the future XFEL. The goal of this facility is to serve both the members of the XBI user consortium and the international research community interested in X-ray FEL based life science applications. We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a group leader position to lead this future facility and to carry out excellent research in biological X-ray FEL applications.
The future group leader will have the following tasks:
To lead the construction and subsequent operation of the future X-ray FEL-based infrastructures for preparation, characterization and delivery of biological samples, in consultation with the members of the XBI consortium and in close cooperation with other relevant European XFEL user consortia and the European XFEL GmbH in Hamburg. The group leader will represent EMBL in the XBI user consortium and other relevant committees.
To carry out research in life science applications of X-ray FEL radiation, possibly combined with synchrotron radiation. This may include research & development of relevant methods, approaches and protocols; or focus on a biological theme of high scientific relevance, using X-ray scattering and diffraction experiments, including time-resolved studies, and ranging from crystalline samples to single particles. Collaborations with other group leaders from EMBL with complementary research interests are encouraged.
Qualifications and Experience
Demonstrated expertise and track record of challenging structural biology and/or imaging projects, making use of synchrotron radiation and preferably X-ray free electron laser radiation;
Proven expertise in biological sample production, biophysical and biochemical characterization, crystallization;
At least three years of postgraduate (PhD or similar) expertise and excellent research track record (publications, fellowships, awards).
Application Instructions
Please apply online through
In your application, 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: eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%72%65%66%65%72%65%6e%63%65%73%40%65%6d%62%6c%2e%64%65%22%3e%72%65%66%65%72%65%6e%63%65%73%40%65%6d%62%6c%2e%64%65%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) at the latest by 28 February 2015.
Additional Information
For further information about the position please contact eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%72%65%63%72%75%69%74%6d%65%6e%74%40%65%6d%62%6c%2e%6f%72%67%22%3e%72%65%63%72%75%69%74%6d%65%6e%74%40%65%6d%62%6c%2e%6f%72%67%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')). Interviews are planned in March (end of the month) or April 2015.
EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collaborative and family friendly atmosphere. The working language of the institute is English. 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.