Engineer in Advanced Optical/Light Microscopy – EMBL Imaging Centre, Heidelberg, Germany
6, depending on experience and qualifications
29 October 2019
seeking for a highly motivated and interdisciplinary scientist to join
the EMBL Imaging Centre (EMBL IC) team.
Due to rapid developments in new imaging technologies, the pace of
biological and medical discoveries has increased at an unprecedented
speed in the 21st century. For the first time, high-resolution electron
and light microscopy technologies enable us to directly visualise the
molecular machinery of life under native conditions. Consequently,
cutting-edge microscopy is becoming a central technological platform for
the life sciences. Currently, few scientists have access to the latest
imaging technologies, as the instruments are complex in their
development, set-up, maintenance and usage. EMBL is currently
constructing the EMBL Imaging Centre to make the latest imaging
technologies available as quickly as possible to a broad, international
user community of researchers from academia to industry. A broad
spectrum of imaging technologies covering the scales from structure
determination of single protein complexes to imaging whole organisms
will be offered, with a special emphasis on cross modality capabilities
(correlative microscopy) and bespoke user project support from sample
preparation to image analysis provided by dedicated expert service
The successful applicant will be part of the EMBL IC Advanced Light
Microscopy Team comprising microscopy engineers, application specialists
and image analysists, who work in close collaboration with the Electron
Microscopy Team. Both teams have the mission of highest-level user
service provision and technology development to continuously improve the
services. Advanced and mostly pre-commercial light microscopy
technologies will cover all scales from the latest (cryo-)
super-resolution technologies to intravital and deep tissue imaging.
The successful candidate will set-up, test, run, maintain and adapt novel and custom advanced light microscopy systems, for specific life science applications and imaging conditions in close collaboration with microscope developers and optical engineers from EMBL’s research groups and industrial partners. Technologies will include (cryo) super-resolution microscopy, correlative light and electron microscopy, light sheet microscopy and intravital and deep tissue imaging, as well as novel technologies for sample preparation and screening. Jointly with EMBL IC application specialists, s/he will participate in EMBL IC user support in running of advanced light microscopy equipment and development of novel image acquisition schemes and workflows. S/he will participate in the organisation and teaching of courses on light microscopy techniques for the EMBL IC user community. The successful candidate should be able to work creatively and independently, be well organised, rigorous, and enjoy working in an international team within a highly collaborative atmosphere. Before opening of the EMBL IC the successful candidate will work on selected pilot projects and microscopy technologies integrated in EMBL’s existing research groups and facility service teams.
For additional information please check the job offer.