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About the team/job

The Gross group is looking for a Research Technician who will participate in neuroscience research as part of an interdisciplinary team of young scientists working within a highly collaborative international environment. The Gross group uses a combination of in vivo electrophysiology, ethological behavior assessment, and molecular genetics neural monitoring and manipulation tools to study how social behaviors in mice are controlled and adapted to a changing environment. The person appointed to this position will have expertise in and be responsible for at least one of the following major tasks, depending on their interests and qualifications: (a) Computational data analysis tasks: they will be in charge of quantitative analysis of electrophysiology, behavior, and calcium imaging data, software development, and computational modeling (b) In vivo electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and optogenetics tasks: they will build and troubleshoot devices for performing in vivo LFP and/or single unit recording and optogenetics combined with complex behavior analysis 

Your role

In addition to the above tasks, the post holder will have a key role in general laboratory management and organization, the maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment, training of lab members in essential techniques, supervision of trainees where needed, and providing general support for group members throughout their scientific projects. 

You have

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a scientific discipline is required.
  • Strong interest in neuroscience research, experience and expertise in at least one of the following categories corresponding to the major tasks above are essential:
  1.  dry lab skills such as computer programming, applied mathematics, and statistics, or
  2.  in vivo neural recording skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English are required.

Please indicate in the cover letter which skills you have and in which tasks you would like to be involved.

No knowledge of Italian is needed for this position. 

Why join us

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organization with a highly collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises 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. Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review. 

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 more than 1800 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome.

EMBL is a signatory of DORA. Find out how we implement best practices in research assessment in our recruitment processes here

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