Electronics Technician

Electronics Technician

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Hamburg, Germany

About the team/job

EMBL is operating an Integrated Facility for Structural Biology at the PETRA III synchrotron radiation source at DESY, Hamburg. The core of the facility is formed by three X-ray beamlines that provide state-of-the-art conditions for X-ray crystallography and small-angle X-ray scattering experiments and a protein crystallisation facility. The facilities are open to the international scientific community and hundreds of users visit them every year.

Your role

You are expected to participate in the construction, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of synchrotron beamline instrumentation and experimental facilities. Tasks will range from technical drawing and machining to the assembly and testing of precision mechanics. You will work in an international team of technicians, engineers and scientists and will support user operation at the beamlines which can include also off-hours work on short notice.


You have

You should hold a master craftsman certificate or an equivalent engineering degree in electronics or a related discipline and have a minimum of 5 years professional experience. Experience with the layout, assembly and test of modular fieldbus systems and configuration of PLCs preferably under TwinCAT is a requirement. Hands-on knowledge with electronic positioning systems and familiarity with the design and assembly of digital and analogue electronic circuit boards is important. You must be well organized and must have very good communication skills to collaborate in an international and multidisciplinary team. The working language is English and good level of German is required to be able to work with local suppliers and external collaborators.

You might also have

  • Experience with safety electronics, UPS systems or network layout.

Why join us

Why not? Well, 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. Scientists at EMBL Hamburg benefit from cutting-edge technology to accommodate their research, with synchrotron radiation (PETRA III) and laser (FLASH) facilities available. Additionally, possibility of collaboration with colleagues from other EMBL units.

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.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: EMBL-embl-HH00155