Postdoctoral Fellow - BioSAXS
Location:Hamburg, Germany
Staff Category:Postdoctoral Fellow
Contract Duration:2 years
Closing Date:2 April 2017
Reference Number:HH_00114

Job Description

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Laboratory headquarters is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Monterotondo (Italy). The EMBL Hamburg Outstation at the DESY campus performs research in structural biology with specific emphasis on the use of synchrotron radiation. EMBL Hamburg operates user-oriented beamlines for macromolecular crystallography (MX) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) at the high-brilliance storage ring PETRA-3.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in the BioSAXS group running a dedicated biological solution scattering beamline P12 serving hundreds visitors per year. In addition, the BioSAXS group develops and maintains the ATSAS software package for biological scattering data analysis and interpretation which is employed by thousands of users worldwide.

The successful candidate will contribute to the future development of computational approaches in ATSAS for the data processing and data interpretation. The work will focus on computational method developments for high-throughput SAXS data acquisition and analysis for soluble and membrane proteins as well as for macromolecular complexes. The successful candidate will also be involved in collaborative projects with scientists from across Europe and elsewhere who use the P12 beamline.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field (physics, mathematics, engineering, structural biology) and extended experience with computational algorithms and programming languages (Fortran, C++, Python). Expertise in X-ray scattering/diffraction will be considered an advantage. Additional knowledge of and experience in MySQL databases, Java/JBoss, and SOAP web services would be an asset. Good communication skills, fluent English and ability to collaborate with international teams are essential.

Application Instructions

Please apply online through

Additional Information

For further information please contact Dr Dmitri Svergun, svergun[at]

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.