Directorfor the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons – Structural Biology (ER-C-3)

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

ER-C-3 – Strukturbiologie

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Job description:

In a joint appointment with the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Forschungszentrum Jülich is seeking a

Directorfor the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons – Structural Biology (ER-C-3)

This position is combined with a professorial appointment (grade W3) at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf according to the Jülich model. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate closely within Forschungszentrum Jülich as well as Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

We are seeking an internationally recognised scientist with outstanding academic achievements and a strong track record in the field of cryo-electron microscopy. The successful candidate will lead an internationally competitive, independent research program and is encouraged to collaborate with other groups in the Ernst Ruska-Centre, the Institute for Complex Systems, and the Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine pursuing basic and applied research within the interdisciplinary research centre Forschungszentrum Jülich. Among the many areas of excellence of the Forschungszentrum Jülich, molecular and cellular aspects of signal transduction are a major research focus. In addition, active participation in programs at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Excellence Cluster CEPLAS, SFB 1208 Identity and Dynamics of Membrane Systems and FOR 2795 Synapsis under stress) is desirable.

The Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues research in the field of structural biology using various methods including Electron Microscopy, NMR spectroscopy, neutron scattering, X-ray scattering and supercomputing, within the framework of a multi-scale approach that ranges from the functions of proteins at the atomic level to their roles in humans. The Ernst Ruska-Centre operates and develops an internationally leading infrastructure for electron microscopy, which will allow the candidate to interact closely with leading scientists in both material sciences and methods development. A major objective of this appointment is to further expand the strength of the Forschungszentrum Jülich in the field of structural biology by developing a leading program in cryo-electron microscopy.

The professorial appointment involves an obligation to teach at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (equivalent to two hours a week per semester).

In addition to the general legal requirements in accordance with section 36 of the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Education Act, the successful candidate must hold a university degree, a doctoral degree, teaching aptitude, and additional academic merits, gained for example during a “Habilitation”, a junior professorship, a position as research assistant at a university or non-academic research institution, or as part of a scientific position in a different area of society (e.g. industry).

Equal opportunities is an important component of the personnel policy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and Forschungszentrum Jülich. Applications from women are especifically encouraged and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability, qualifications, and experience. Applications from suitably qualified persons with disabilities or persons who have been afforded equal status in accordance with Book IX of the Social Code (SGB IX) are explicitly encouraged. Applications from candidates with disabilities will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

Both institutions also offer support for dual career couples and are members of the Dual Career Network Rhineland. More information is available here: Upon acceptance of the position support is available from Human Resource Development in the form of comprehensive services.

Applications should be made in English and include the usual documentation (CV, copies of certificates, list of publications, teaching experience, brief summary of previous research activities including details of external funding, research concept for the advertised position). They should be sent preferably by email before 30.06.2019 to

Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH52425 Jülich, Germanyberufungen@fz-juelich.deFurther information can be found and

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