Research Technician

Research Technician

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Rome, Italy


About the team/job

The Asari group at the Neurobiology and Epigenetics Unit at EMBL Rome, Italy, is looking for a Research Technician who will participate in neuroscience research as part of an interdisciplinary team of young scientists working within a highly collaborative international environment. The Asari group uses both experimental and computational approaches to study the principles and the function of neuronal circuits, specifically in the early visual system of mice. Our experimental methodological toolkit includes, but is not limited to, two-photon calcium imaging in awake head-fixed mice, optogenetics, a variety of viral tracing and labeling techniques, and advanced data analyses.


Your role

The person appointed will directly take part in various experiments in neurophysiology and neuroanatomy to meet the research goals of the laboratory. Depending on his/her interests and qualifications, the major tasks will include:

  • Cranial window implantations and stereotaxic surgeries.
  • Stereotaxic and intraocular injections.
  • Behavioral training of head-restrained animals.
  • Histology (brain slices, flattened retina, and optic nerve).
  • Immunohistochemistry.
  • Microscopy (wide-field, fluorescence, confocal, spinning disc).
  • Image processing and quantification.

In addition, he/she will share responsibilities for general laboratory organization, maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment, and provide general support for group members throughout their scientific projects.


You have

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent (or higher) in Neurobiology (or related subjects).
  • Broad knowledge and strong interest in neurobiology research.
  • Hands-on experience in histology and microscopy.
  • Hands-on experience in handling and working with laboratory animals (such as behavioral training, cranial surgery, and intracardiac perfusion).
  • Willingness to learn new skills as projects require with a high level of intellectual creativity, persistence, and dedication to support ongoing research efforts.
  • Excellent manual dexterity and organizational skills including ability to maintain good experimental records.
  • Excellent communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills with highest ethical standards.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

You might also have

  • Hands-on experience in image and data processing in FIJI, Python, Matlab, R, and/or Imaris.
  • Experience with in vivo electrophysiology, two-photon calcium imaging, and/or optogenetics.
  • A good command of Italian is beneficial but not required; the working language is English.

Why join us

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization 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. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.


What else do I need to know

EMBL is one of the highest ranked scientific research organizations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK), Barcelona (Spain), and Rome (Italy). The Neurobiology and Epigenetics Unit at EMBL Rome studies various mammalian physiological phenomena from molecular to system levels using the laboratory mouse as a model system. We take advantage of a full range of core facilities as well as close institutional links with other EMBL sites.

For more information, please see our website or contact Hiroki Asari .

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: EMBL-embl-RM00075

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