Image Analysis Specialist – Mesoscopic Imaging Facility

  • EMBL
  • Spain
  • Sep 4, 2021
Science Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Scientists at EMBL Barcelona explore how tissues and organs function and develop, in health and disease. Alongside cutting-edge research, the site houses a state-of-the-art Mesoscopic Imaging Facility, enabling scientists worldwide to access imaging technologies specifically designed for studying tissues.  The Facility provides commercial and customized imaging solutions that cover the meso-scale “imaging gap” between high-resolution techniques such as confocal microscopy and methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that can image entire mammalian organisms, but with limited resolution.

We are looking for an Image Analysis Specialist to join the MIF at the newly established EMBL site in Barcelona. 

The successful candidate will participate in the development of innovative image processing and analysis techniques that will support the work of the unit.  This will involve, for example, designing and implementing new algorithms for 3D & 4D image reconstruction, image denoising and deconvolution, and image segmentation and analysis.  Additionally, integration of imaging data with other types of large data sets, such as -omics data, is expected to be an important part of the role.  The position will require substantial direct interaction with both EMBL-Barcelona scientists and the larger biomedical imaging community, to understand their projects and image analysis needs.  An important part of the position will also involve training the Facility users, both in the new techniques developed and, at times, more basic operations using existing software. 

Duties (in cooperation with the Facility staff): 

The position requires a Doctoral degree or equivalent in bioimaging, image analysis, or a closely related discipline. A practical knowledge of optical microscopy for bioimaging is expected, as well as the ability to develop methodologies and user-friendly software tools for a user-oriented bioimaging facility.  The candidate should be able to work both independently and as part of a team in the Facility. Experience with machine learning for image analysis, image data handling, and programming languages including Python, Matlab, and ImageJ is essential. A fluent knowledge of the English language is required; Spanish or Catalan would also be beneficial.

Additional beneficial qualifications include:  familiarity with biological samples; experience with optical imaging (as a user and/or technology developer), and in particular the mesoscopy techniques used in the MIF; experience dealing with large scientific data sets (ideally this will not be limited to image data, but also include, for example, -omics datasets); and experience working in a user-oriented scientific facility. 

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. 

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 approx. 2 000 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

The working language of the institute is English.