Research Technician

Research Technician

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)


About the team/job

We are seeking to recruit a research technician to work in the laboratory of Prof. Edith Heard at the EMBL Heidelberg, whose laboratory will focus on mammalian epigenetics. The lab will mainly employ cellular and developmental biology as well as molecular biology and genomics approaches to investigate epigenetic process such as X chromosome inactivation using both in-vitro and in-vivo models.

Your role

The successful candidate would be responsible for providing technical support for projects running in the laboratory. This would include participate in overseeing day to day operations, maintaining supplies, servicing equipment.

The Research Technician´s responsibilities will include:

  • Assist lab manager in the general laboratory organisation
  • Testing and preparing reagents, developing experimental protocols, in particular in the field of tissue culture, molecular biology (molecular cloning, generation of transgenic cell lines, genotyping and quantitative PCR);
  • Supporting members of the laboratory throughout their scientific projects;
  • Training new group members and visitors in technologies and protocols used in the laboratory.

 The appointed applicant will report to the Group Leader and the Lab Manager.

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 familiar with the fundamentals of cellular biology, tissue culture, molecular biology and basic knowledge in epigenetics.

Fluency in English and good computer skills are mandatory. Knowledge of spoken German is required.

You might also have

Additional skills in as many as possible of the following fields are desirable: experience in immunofluorescence, fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) and microscopy, “certificate” (animals care), hands-on experience in next generation sequencing methodology and techniques (RNAseq, ChIP-seq).

Previous experience with mouse (adult and embryo) handling will be extremely valuable, but on-the-job training would be provided if required. Expertise in molecular biology/biochemistry is essential; familiarity with cell culture (preferably ES-Cell culture) and histology techniques is an advantage.

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 do I 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.

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Quote Reference: EMBL-embl-HD01373