SAXS Beamline Support Scientist/Senior Technical Officer

Contract Duration: 3 years (renewable)
Grading: 6 or 7, depending on qualifications and experience
Closing Date: 28.05.2022
Reference Number: HH00213

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 Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble
(France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Rome (Italy). The EMBL Hamburg site 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-brilliance
storage ring PETRA III.

Applications are invited for a senior technical officer (STO) position in the BioSAXS team. The team maintains and develops
the EMBL P12 BioSAXS beamline at PETRA III, including time-resolved (TR), anomalous and high-throughput SAXS
(ASAXS and HT-SAXS) for life-science research, and runs an extensive user program. We are looking for an STO with a
strong background and interest in BioSAXS instrumentation and the application of SAXS for structural biological research,
spanning macromolecules to biomaterials.

Your role
You will work with both the SAXS and Instrumentation teams at EMBL Hamburg to develop the P12 BioSAXS beamline and
assist its scientific user community.

Tasks include:
Assisting the principal beamline scientist, in the design, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of the
P12 BioSAXS beamline
Supporting SAXS user operations in the preparation of the beamtime, data collection, and data analysis and

You will be encouraged to develop your own research projects, ideally related to the further development of the beamline
(TR-SAXS, ASAXS, HT-SAXS), in particular in view of a possible upgrade of the PETRA synchrotron.
As the beamlines at EMBL Hamburg are operated 24/7 during the PETRA III runs, this position requires (and allows for) a
flexible working schedule.

You have
PhD in either physics, mathematics, engineering or X-ray science
Demonstrated experience in synchrotron beamline operation and interest in instrumentation
Interest in application of SAXS in biology, including instrumentation, data collection, processing and interpretation
You should be able to work both independently and in close collaboration with the BioSAXS and Instrumentation team
members as well as the diverse external research groups who access P12 on a yearly basis. Very good communication and
interpersonal skills, excellent organisation skills as well as very good knowledge of English, are therefore required.
You might also have
Relevant IT skills (Python, C++)
Experience in time-resolved measurements
Experience in non-standard SAXS sample environments

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, as well as
financial support for relocation and installation, including your family and the availability of an excellent child care facility on
campus. EMBL has a large thriving community of bioinformaticians, working in close collaboration with experimental
scientists and with strong links to other local scientists and institutions.

What else you 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 approximately 2000 employees from many nations, operating across six
sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.
Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and
methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science

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

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