European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Research Technician

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Heidelberg, Germany


About the team/job


The EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany is seeking to recruit a research technician to work in the laboratory of Dr. Georgia Rapti. The Rapti laboratory investigates development of the nervous system. The lab utilizes advanced molecular, genetic and imaging approaches to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms driving nervous system morphogenesis in vivo. The principal model organism used is the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Future work may also involve embryonic mouse imaging.


Your role


Together with the Group Leader, the successful candidate will have a central role in establishing the research group. He/she will be responsible for designing and conducting experiments, providing technical support for various laboratory projects, as well as training lab members, overseeing operations and maintaining supplies.

The Research Technician´s responsibilities will include:



  • General laboratory organisation, lab management support, ordering lab supplies

  • Training and supporting group members and visitors in technologies and protocols used in the laboratory

  • C. elegans culture, maintenance, genetics

  • Generating reagents and developing experimental protocols, in the fields of molecular biology (cloning, genotyping), C. elegans genetics and transgenesis (generation of mutant and reporter lines), fluorescence imaging (phenotypic screening and cell biology)

Experimentation with cryosectioning and immunofluorescence of fixed mouse samples is possible but not required.

The appointed applicant will report to the Group Leader.


You have


Applicants should have an appropriate University degree or equivalent certificate from a technical training college in a relevant scientific subject. The successful candidate will be dynamic and highly motivated, have strong organizational skills and will be familiar with one or more of the following: molecular biology techniques, C. elegans biology, fluorescence microscopy techniques. Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Knowledge of German is ideal but not essential.


You might also have


Prior experience and skills in one or more of the following fields are desirable: C. elegans maintenance, genetics and/or microinjection, fluorescence microscopy, immunofluorescence and/or image analysis. Prior experience histology techniques, cell culture, cryosectioning and/or mouse embryology may be an advantage, but not required.


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 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, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Prospective interview dates: 17 and 18 July 2019.

Prospective start: late November 2019.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-HD01545

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