Support Technician

  • EMBL
  • Germany
  • Oct 1, 2020
Science Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

EMBL is offering a half-time position as Support Technician in the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit in its main laboratory in Heidelberg. The position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jan Ellenberg where the aim of research is to deepen the systems understanding of cell division and nuclear organization. To this end, fluorescently tagged cell division and chromosome proteins are assayed in live mammalian cells and early mouse embryos. 4D confocal and light sheet microscopy is used to directly observe structural dynamics while FRAP and FCS methods serve to analyze binding interactions, concentration and diffusion of proteins. Because of the complexity of kinetics and geometry in live cells, computational methods are used to extract biophysical parameters and build mechanistic models.  

The Support Technician will join a sub-group of lab members who investigate the molecular mechanisms of early mouse embryonic mitosis to understand why these crucial cell divisions are highly error-prone. In this sub-group, the main task of the Support Technician will be the genotyping of mice, under the supervision of the Research Technician. The following gives a brief overview of the tasks of the Support Technician. -Extract DNA from tissue samples for genotyping. -Prepare reagents for PCR. -Perform PCR. -Analyze results. -File results in the database. -Discuss the outcome with the Research Technician. -Interact with members of the animal facility and give instructions when required. The Support Technician will also assist the Research Technician for the following. -Help in the maintenance of reagents stocks. -Replenish consumables. -Maintenance of instruments. -Test tools, reagents and experimental protocols which are of general interest under the supervision of the Research Technician.  

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.

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. The role is designed for par-time contract, 20 hours/week.