Postdoctoral Fellow in Cellular Phase Separation

Postdoctoral Fellow in Cellular Phase Separation

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Heidelberg, Germany


About the team/job


The research group of Sara Cuylen-Haering in the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit at EMBL Heidelberg has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow with interest in applying high-throughput CRISPR-Cas9 screening, high-throughput imaging and imaging flow cytometry approaches to study phase separation processes in human cells.


Your role


You will lead a cutting-edge experimental research project to develop and implement high-throughput screening pipelines in combination with CRISPR-Cas9-mediated genome engineering and novel imaging flow cytometry technologies. The project includes:



  • Establishment of genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 screens (knock-down, silencing, activation)

  • Generation of fluorescent marker cell lines and imaging-based assays for membrane-less organelles

  • Optimization of imaging flow cytometry-based cell phenotyping and sorting

  • Next-generation sequencing analysis

  • Validation of candidates using functional assays (e.g. transcriptomics) as well as advanced live cell microscopy

Your project will benefit from close collaborations with leading experts in flow cytometry, “omics”- technologies and imaging. You are expected to participate in and contribute to cross-disciplinary teams that work on imaging flow cytometry technology improvement and assay development.


You have



  • PhD degree in the life sciences (e. g. cell or molecular biology)

  • Experience in high-throughput technologies (e.g. siRNA or CRISPR screens, transcriptomics, Hi-C techniques)

  • Experience in molecular biology techniques

  • Experience in mammalian cell culture

  • Experience in microscopy techniques

  • Ability to work independently and creatively

  • Excellent organizational and communications skills

You might also have



  • Experience in the field of cellular phase separation, membrane-less organelles or intrinsically disordered proteins

  • Experience in the analysis of next-generation sequencing datasets

  • Programming skills

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, 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.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: embl-HD01509

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