European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Electrical Safety Engineer

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Heidelberg, Germany


About the team/job


The Scientific Instruments Maintenance team is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the scientific equipment in EMBL Heidelberg Laboratories.

EMBL is looking for an Electrical Safety Engineer who will join a small team in charge of overall responsibility for electrical safety of the equipment operated by the scientists according to the German safety rules for laboratory equipment. In that context, the postholder will have to interact regularly with the in-house Safety Office and Building Maintenance team. The postholder will also have to coordinate the work of other team members dealing with the electrical safety.


Your role



  • Interface with the Lab managers from the different Units to establish a general plan for checks in the coming twelve months

  • Liaise with individual research groups for the preparation and execution of the Electrical Safety checks (e.g. without compromising work in the labs)

  • Organization and monitoring of the UVV inspection with external providers

  • Enter test of new devices into data to the Electrical Safety Database

  • Report monthly on the progress and difficulties on the check procedures

Part of the work attached to the position concerns the preventative and corrective maintenance on the full range of modern biology laboratory instrumentation including light and electron microscopes, centrifuges and core equipment, analytical devices and robotics. These maintenance services range from simple interventions to locate and replace the faulty parts to the exchange of entire parts of an instrument. The team also serves as a qualified interface to the manufacturers or distributors of scientific equipment in cases where the device needs to be sent back for reconditioning or complete overhaul.


You have


The suitable candidate is in possession of a journeyman’s certificate with diploma, has the necessary evidence to obtain the eligibility electrician according to VDE 0701/0702, was already responsible for tests in the field of mobile equipment testing, is familiar with the test software Mebedo Elektromanager. Proficiency in MS Office applications is excpected. Excellent communication skills (fluency in German and a good working knowledge of English) and ablility to work in a highly collaborative international atmosphere are essential.


You might also have


Additional qualifications obtained through industrial training at instrument manufacturers will be highly appreciated.


Why join us


EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. Remuneration comprises a competitive tax free salary and benefits from the German Social Security Scheme.


What else you need to know


We are Europe’s flagship 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 1800 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-HD01656

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