European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Research Associate

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Heidelberg, Germany


About the team/job


We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to join our research effort. The Bork group is a multidisciplinary team consisting of biologists of different specialisations, computer scientists and physicists who focus on unravelling the mysteries of microorganisms living in our body and the environment. To push the boundaries of this rapidly expanding field, we develop cutting edge methods which can later be used by labs around the world to address further questions of healthcare, the environment and biotechnology.

This Project
This exploratory project focuses on the development of an experimental method to determine the growth of microbiome strains in co-cultures, using a genetic approach. This project will benefit from collaboration with the Merten group and their expertise in microfluidics and single cell analysis, as well as collaboration and advice by the EMBL Genomics Core Facility with extensive experience in genomics methods.


Your role


You will be in charge of wet-lab experiments to test and establish the new genetic method. This includes:

  • Planning, performing, and troubleshooting experiments
  • Molecular biology methods such as DNA extraction, amplification, fragment analysis and the preparation of sequencing libraries
  • Microfluidic techniques such as making microfluidic chips, high-throughput droplet generation, cell lysis and harvesting DNA from droplets
  • Screen the scientific literature and make experiment suggestions on your own

You will work closely together with a postdoctoral fellow (who can speak German) in order to design, troubleshoot and analyse experiments. Depending on contributions and progress, an opportunity may arise to participate in an academic publication.


You have


Applicants should have a university degree or technical school training in the life sciences including some laboratory experience. Excellent skills in molecular biology methods (pipetting, PCR, gel-electrophoresis, etc.) are required along with a strong curiosity to learn new skills and test non-standard methods. The ideal candidate should have independence in planning and conducting wet-lab experiments involving DNA handling. Fluency in English, good communication and interpersonal skills, excellent organisational skills, including the documentation of experiments, and the ability to work as part of an international team are required.


You might also have


Experience in bacterial lysis and DNA extraction such as metagenomics or 16S analysis, as well as preparing a DNA library for sequencing would be advantageous. Advanced methods such as high-throughput microfluidics or single cell analysis will be learned on the project but prior experience (both with eukaryotes or bacteria) may help you getting started quickly.


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. The remuneration package comprises from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.


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 1600 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.

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

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-HD01603

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