Beamline Scientist in Macromolecular Crystallography
Location:Hamburg, Germany
Staff Category:Staff Member
Contract Duration:3 years
Closing Date:19 March 2017
Reference number:HH_00108

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 is an inter-governmental research organization dedicated to basic molecular biology research, technology development, service provision and advanced training. The EMBL Hamburg Unit is located on the DESY research campus and pursues research in structural biology and the development of instrumentation and computational methodology for macromolecular crystallography (MX) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). EMBL Hamburg is running two MX and one SAXS beamline on the high-brilliance synchrotron radiation source PETRA III. The beamlines are complemented by laboratories for biophysical sample characterization and preparation – including a recently installed CrystalDirect Harvester system - and computational facilities for data evaluation.

We are seeking for a highly motivated scientist to join the crystallography team at PETRA III. The successful candidate will support the user operation and the future development of the two MX beamlines including the extension of P14 by an additional end-station for time-resolved experiments. The post holder will be offered to carry out complementary research projects. Possible research areas include the development of novel methods for crystallographic data collection and structure determination combining the unique source properties of PETRA III, possibly in combination with those at the new European X-ray Free Electron Laser, and the advanced instrumentation and automation installed on the beamlines. The scientist will be associated with the group of Thomas Schneider, and will be strongly encouraged to collaborate with other groups from EMBL and/or with external research groups, including various opportunities on the DESY research campus in Hamburg.

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field and at least two years of post-doctoral expertise and a strong track record in the use of synchrotron radiation. Experience in hardware and/or software development is desirable. The successful candidate must be able to work independently and will have excellent communication skills. A good command of English is essential.

Application Instructions

Please apply online through

In your application, please include a Cover Letter, CV and a research statement

Additional Information

Further information can be obtained from Dr. Thomas Schneider (t.schneider[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.