Research Scientist/ Scientific Officer

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Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
1 month ago

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European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) - Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit

Location:Heidelberg - Germany
Salary:Commensurate upon qualification and experience
Hours:Full Time
Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On:25th September 2020
Closes:31st October 2020

Language: English (UK)
Region: Baden-Württemberg
Organisation data: Erzberger Group
Contract Type: Staff Member 
Job Function: Senior Technical Officer (gr. 6-8)
Location: Heidelberg, Germany  

About the team/job

We are looking for a Research Scientist/ Scientific Officer to join the group of Dr. Anna Erzberger in the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit at EMBL Heidelberg, Germany.

Our group uses approaches from theoretical physics to understand the principles underlying cellular and multicellular organization in biological systems.

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate who will have a central role in setting up the research group and make original scientific contributions.

 Your role

You will perform theoretical research involving analytical and numerical approaches, alone and in collaboration with experimental research groups at EMBL and internationally.

For an overview of available topics and research directions please see

You may also shape your own projects - we welcome new ideas and approaches.

The position is for 3 years initially with a possibility of extension.

 You have

  • A Ph.D. degree in physics, applied mathematics or a related field
  • Excellent programming skills and analytical abilities
  • An interest in cell and developmental biology
  • An affinity for collaborative work across discipline boundaries
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English

 You might also have

Specific expertise in the following areas is a plus:

  • Statistical physics, soft matter physics or biological physics
  • Stochastic processes, nonlinear dynamics or information theory
  • Image analysis
  • Prior experience working with biological systems

 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. Excellent child care facility is available on campus.

EMBL aims to establish a new theory research programme, that will promote theory-guided paths to discover, understand, and conceptualise underlying principles of complex and dynamic biological systems at all scales:

With the new theory research programme, EMBL aims to create a stimulating community of theoreticians from a range of disciplines, and to build alliances with other institutes involved in theoretical research.

 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 1700 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.

The working language of the institute is English.

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