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iPSC Research Technician

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

About the team/job

The Barcelona CRYOZOO is an animal cell line biobank which is creating a stable and permanent biobank of cell lines and genetic material from a wide variety of animals, giving priority to the most globally threatened species. The CRYOZOO project is a partnership with the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, and Barcelona Zoo and the Natural History Museum of Barcelona. One of the main objectives of the CRYOZOO is to enable and promote research into biodiversity and biomedicine. The successful candidate will be involved in the CRYOZOO Project developing primary cell culture and iPSCs generation from samples of different animal species as well as cell characterization assay.

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organizations in the world. The newest EMBL Barcelona site is located in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), one of the largest infrastructures in Southern Europe dedicated to translational research.

The main focus of the EMBL Barcelona site is in tissue biology and disease modelling. We aim to go beyond the molecular and cellular scale, integrating gene circuits with a tissue-level quantitative understanding of tissues and organs, both healthy and diseased. We are seeking to recruit a research technician to work with to work with primary cell cultures and iPSCs.

Your role

The candidate will work developing primary cell culture and iPSCs generation from samples of different animal species as well as cell characterization assays.

Technical skills required:

  • Experience in molecular and cell biology.
  • Strong tissue culture experience for human and mammalian primary cells and
  • Experience in gene editing.
  • Experience with immunofluorescence, confocal and FACS analysis for cellular characterizations.
  • DNA and RNA extraction.
  • Lab management.


Some of these tasks might require working after hours and on weekends. Adjustments on the working hours will be made in agreement with the line manager.

You have

As our ideal candidate, you will have:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field.
  • strong experience iPS cell generation and differentiation, preferably from some non-human species
  • background in basic molecular biology and tissue culture techniques
  • solid interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work independently and to quickly set up effective networks and working relationships.
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

You might also have

  • Knowledge of the Spanish language is advantageous but not required.

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.

EMBL offers attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family-friendly working environment. Competitive salary and social security benefits, financial support for relocation, a relaxed culture, professional development, an on-site nursery, canteen and other staff facilities make EMBL a great place to work.

Enjoy lots of benefits

Financial incentives: Income tax expemtion, monthly family, child and non-resident allowances, annual salary review, a pension scheme, life insurance, long-term care, accident-at-work and unemployment insurances Flexible working arrangements Certified training and continued development of your professional and personal skills Private medical insurance for you and your immediate family Generous time off: 30 days annual leave per year Generous relocation package including installation grant (if applicable) Family benefits: 10 days of child sick leave, generous parental leave and monthly family and child allowances Benefits for international newcomers: Visa exemption, education grant for private schooling, financial support to travel back to your home country every second year and a monthly non-resident allowance

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.

**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.

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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