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Postdoctoral Fellow: Microfluidic Technology Development

EMBL Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany
Jobs in GermanyFull-time

Staff category
Postdoctoral Fellow

Contract duration
2 years


Reference number

Job description
Applications are invited for a post-doc position in the group of Dr. Christoph Merten, using cutting-edge microfluidic technology in the biomedical field. In particular, we are looking for a candidate who will further develop our personalised cancer therapy platform (Eduati et al., Nat. Communications 2018) towards clinical applications. Making use of microfluidic technology this platform enables to test tens to hundreds of drug combinations directly on live human tumour samples. Exploiting high resolution 3D printing we now plan commercialisation of the microfluidic technology, potentially resulting in the establishment of a startup company building medical instruments. In addition to the 3D printing approach we furthermore plan implementing imaging and sequencing based readouts.

More information about the lab can be obtained at: www.merten.embl.de

Your role
You will be leading a scientific project with high impact in biomedical sciences. In particular, you will build instruments, optimize microfluidic workflows and set up new production techniques. You will also closely interact with members of the EMBL electronic and mechanical workshops. We expect the work to result in high impact scientific publications with you as a main author. Furthermore you might become an inventor on patents resulting from technology development.

You have

– We are looking for outstanding applicants holding a university degree in microsystems engineering or related fields.
– High motivation and enthusiasm to work within an international team.
– Fluency in written and spoken English.

You might also have
Prior experience in microfluidics, 3D printing, instrument design, imaging technologies and/or next generation sequencing is advantageous, but not absolutely required.

Why join us
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 from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, and the availability of an excellent child care facility on campus.

Our cryo-EM platform has 2 Titan Krioses, both equipped with an energy filter, K2 direct detector and a phase plate, an Aquilos FIB/SEM microscope and a cryo-correlative confocal light microscope. In addition, EMBL shared facilities include among others an advanced light microscopy facility which houses numerous high-end light microscopes, and an electron microscopy facility for standard EM preparations.

EMBL has a vibrant cryo-EM and scientific community. There are a number of dedicated cryo-EM labs within EMBL and the nearby Heidelberg university. Research programs span many different areas of cryo-EM technology development and application for both molecular and cellular structural biology.

What else do I need to know 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.

How to apply
Please apply online via www.embl.org/jobs

Closing date: 2 February 2019

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

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