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Laboratory Helper

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

About the team/job

The EMBL network (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) comprises of 6 laboratories located in Grenoble (France), Heidelberg and Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK), Barcelona (Spain) and Rome (Italy). This network of laboratories and services (data banks, analysis and research tools) in molecular biology "encourages cooperation between European states in basic research, the development of modern instrumentation and the development of advanced teaching in molecular biology and other essentially related fields of research; to this end, it concentrates its activities on tasks which are neither not usually undertaken nor easily carried out in national institutions", according to the terms of the intergovernmental agreement that gave rise to it.

For our laboratory in Grenoble, we are looking for a Laboratory Helper to work as part of our Laboratory Support Services on a full-time basis (39 hours per week) for an initial 6-month contract. Training will be provided for this role.


Your role

Main duties:

  • Rinse, dry and store glassware, plasticware and other laboratory materials;
  • Produce media and buffers according to standard protocols, cast agars;
  • Preparation of products for sterilization and autoclave operation;
  • Autoclaving and disposal of biological;
  • Various tasks in the cleaning room;
  • Management, control and safe storage of laboratory solvents and gases;
  • Control the stock of dry ice; • Assist and follow the removal of chemical waste;
  • Filling of liquid nitrogen gas tanks • Entry of delivery slips and processing purchases (all types of purchases).
  • Inventory and stock control, including annual inventory participation.
  • Participate in the lab committee meetings
  • Additional related tasks to provide support for absent colleagues.
  • Additional various tasks related to your role in the laboratory may be required.


You have

  • Willingness to perform routine tasks.
  • Reliable, independent and high-quality work.
  • Native French or English speaker with good knowledge of other language
  • Experience in biological laboratory is a plus.

Why join us

EMBL is curiosity-driven, community-oriented and international. As an inclusive, equal opportunity employer, we believe that diversity enables us to collaborate more effectively and be innovative in our approaches. We are, therefore, committed to creating an inclusive and flexible culture - one where everyone can realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to our organisation. 

We encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing team – we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and personal experiences reflect the diversity of the populations that our science serves. We actively encourage applications from all genders and cultures, ethnic groups and all demographics to help us avoid perpetuating biases and oversights at this transformational point in our people strategy.

EMBL offers attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family-friendly working environment. 

** Don’t meet every single requirement? We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply nevertheless.

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s 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 1900 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Our mission is 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.

Please note that this appointment is on fixed term contract - 6 months. 

EMBL is a signatory of DORA. Find out how we implement best practices in research assessment in our recruitment processes here.

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