Group Leader - Developmental Biology

  • EMBL
  • Germany
  • Jul 15, 2021
Science Full Time - Fixed Term

Job Description:

The Developmental Biology (DB) Unit is recruiting a new group leader taking an original approach to elucidate principles underlying multicellular development. Of particular interest are questions relating to the emergence of a dynamic organization, at all scales, and how the interplay between living systems and their internal and external environment impacts the development of pattern, size and shape. We also welcome applications that propose to study the cellular and molecular bases of developmental and phenotypic plasticity and their role in evolutionary innovations. A related topic of key interest is the developmental biology of symbionts/holobionts. The unit is keen to recruit colleagues taking a purely theoretical and modeling approach to understand biological complexity (see EMBL new theme ‘[email protected]’ below).   Colleagues in the EMBL DB unit provide a highly interactive, stimulating environment and enjoy extensive collaborations across all of EMBL. They use cutting-edge combinations of quantitative experimentation, genetics, imaging and -omics approaches, synthetic biology, reduced (in vitro) systems to create an integrative approach to modern developmental biology. The unit collaborates closely with the animal facility (mouse house, aquatic (freshwater) and marine facility) and has the goal to refine established, and develop new research models suitable for tackling fundamental questions outlined above.  

You will lead a research group to pursue highly ambitious and original research at the frontier of developmental biology. The new colleague will be immersed in the EMBL environment, with extensive in-house collaborations, access to excellent  graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and support from cutting-edge facilities and services, including genomics, genome editing/transgenesis, metabolomics, mass-spectrometry, and microscopy. 

The successful candidate will present a highly original and ambitious research plan that concisely describes the background and status of the questions that will be addressed, the experimental strategies and methods that will be employed, and the ultimate goals. A PhD degree in the Natural Sciences is expected. Candidates with a background in physics and modelling of developmental processes, in ecology or environmental biology and development are also encouraged to apply. In addition, you should be dedicated to develop friendly and collaborative working atmosphere and to provide support and guidance to team members. High moral standards and embracing diversity and inclusion is desirable, as is pro-active and positive problem-solving mind-set.

EMBL’s future scientific directions, Molecules to Ecosystems, include a vision to advance our understanding of ecosystems at the molecular level, applying expertise in molecular biology to study life in its natural context. New research areas will focus on applying experimental, computational and theoretical approaches to study at multiple levels (molecules, cells, tissues and populations) how organisms interact with each other and respond to environmental change. Research in the DB Unit studies organisms in their environment and directly links to the new transversal themes.

EMBL appoints group leaders from early on in their career and provides a very supportive environment for your first independent position in order to achieve your research goals. The initial "Lead your Lab" management training  is provided for all incoming group leaders. EMBL offers a highly collaborative, uniquely international culture. The various EMBL units are strongly connected and cross-unit collaborations are not only possible but also strongly encouraged. It fosters top quality, interdisciplinary research by promoting a vibrant environment consisting of young independent research groups with access to outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and core facilities. 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 and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus. EMBL is committed to internationality, diversity and equality, and as such encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

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 1800 employees from more than 80 countries, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. The working language of the institute is English. In your online application, you will be asked to include a cover letter, your CV, the names and contact details of 3 referees and a concise description of research interests & future research plans, typically not exceeding five pages. Should you plan to submit your application close to the deadline, please inform your referees in advance so they can be ready to send their LOR preferably by the deadline of the call. If it is relevant for your research plans, you have the possibility to indicate their potential links to EMBL’s transversal themes or other research Units recruiting in this call: Interviews are planned for 8 – 10 November 2021. Same interview conditions will be applied to all candidates, despite of the potential travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 situation. Information on Group Leader appointments can be found here An initial contract of 5 years will be offered to the successful candidate. This is foreseen to be extended to a maximum of 9 years, subject to an external review. Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Unit, Alexander Aulehla.