Postdoctoral Fellow in BioSAXS
Location:Hamburg, Germany
Staff Category:Postdoctoral Fellow
Contract Duration:2 years
Closing Date:14 May 2017
Reference Number:HH_00116

Job Description

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory 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 runs two macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamlines and a Small Angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) beamline at the high-brillance storage ring PETRA-3. The EMBL BioSAXS group of the EMBL has a strong experience in SAXS data collection, analysis and interpretation, and runs a dedicated biological solution scattering beamline P12 on Petra-3 ring providing support to hundreds users per year.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in the BioSAXS group associated with the hardware and methods development at the P12 beamline. The work will encompass development of experimental approaches for automated high throughput SAXS measurements and new biological sample environments including in particular, in-situ laser illuminations and time resolved scattering setups for biological specimens. The successful candidate will be involved in the operation of the P12 beamline and also in collaborative projects with the international users of the beamline.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field (physics, engineering, structural biology) and experience with synchrotron X-ray scattering. We specifically welcome applicants with a technical background possessing a hands-on expertise in laser or X-ray instrumentation in biological scattering/diffraction. Programming experience will be of advantage. Good communication skills, fluent English and ability to collaborate with international teams are essential.

Application Instructions

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Additional Information

Further information:
Dr Dmitri Svergun, email: svergun(at)
Dr Clement Blanchet, email: c.blanchet(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.