Jobs in Structural Biology and Related Fields

Postdoctoral Scientist Position

EMBL Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Application deadline: 31 Aug 2013

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 for structural biology. EMBL-Hamburg runs new beamlines for macromolecular crystallography (MX) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) at the high-brilliance storage ring PETRA III.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in computational methods development for biological SAXS in the BioSAXS group. The successful candidate will participate in the design of an automated data analysis system to construct and validate structural models from solution scattering data. The developments envisage hybrid applications of SAXS with other structural, biophysical and computational methods, including MX, NMR, electron microscopy and bioinformatic approaches.

The position is funded by BioStruct-X, an integrated project within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission (

The successful candidate should have a PhD in physics, mathematics or biology and knowledge in computational and numerical methods. Experience in the use of programming languages (Fortran, C/C++ and/or Python) is essential. We specifically welcome applicants with background in computational crystallography, NMR, electron microscopy and/or bioinformatics. Good communication skills and the ability to collaborate with international teams are required.

Application Instructions

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Additional Information

Further information: Dr. Dmitri Svergun, email:

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.