18. May 2016 - Forschungszentrum Jülich
Postdoc in Biology, Biochemistry or Biophysics
Postdoc in Biology, Biochemistry or Biophysics
18. May 2016 - Forschungszentrum Jülich
Postdoc in Biology, Biochemistry or Biophysics
Postdoc in Biology, Biochemistry or Biophysics
Forschungszentrum Jülich

Garching (Munich)


Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the pressing issues of our time and undertakes a multitude of tasks in the area of research management. It helps to solve the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment as well as information and the brain. With more than 5,700 employees, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the large interdisciplinary research centres in Europe.

Description of Institution

The Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) provides scientists at universities and research institutions in Germany and throughout the world with access to neutron instruments of the highest performance class. In addition, as part of a cooperation agreement with Technische Universität München (TUM), JCNS also performs experiments at the Heinz Maier-Leibniz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching near Munich. At MLZ, primarily basic research is conducted in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology and materials science.

Job description

Your Job:

  • Identify common features of the growth of large protein crystals from the literature and from available datasets
  • Development of suitable set-ups for controlling crystal growth conditions based on e. g. light scattering techniques or optical microscopy
  • Experiments on these set-ups to show their capability to improve crystal growth conditions for the increase of the output crystal size
  • Project related communication with international scientists
  • Performing experiments at the instrument BioDiff or other neutron diffractometers in order to check the suitability of the grown crystals for neutron diffraction
  • Publish the results in peer reviewed journals and present them on national or international conferences and within the meetings of the SINE2020 EU project

Our Offer:

  • Exciting working environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated close to the city of Munich
  • Opportunity to work in a team of motivated scientists and engineers, as well as with international partners
  • Creation of innovative technologies
  • Possibility to involve Master or Bachelor students in the course of the project
  • Promoting professional development through participation in national and international conferences and through various training programs
  • Limited contract for 2 years
  • Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours
  • Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)

Requested Profile
  • University degree in biology, biochemistry or biophysics or a related discipline and completed relevant PhD level
  • Knowledge in protein crystallization using the most common methods (batch crystallization, vapor diffusion, counter diffusion)
  • Practical experience in molecular biology methods (protein purification, gel electrophoresis etc.)
  • Having fun in developing new apparatuses, learning new skills and methods
  • Experience in implementation and statistical analysis of experiments
  • Very good command of written and spoken English
  • Initiative character, creativity, good communication skills, result orientation and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
How to Apply

We look forward to receiving your application (in English), preferably online via our online recruitment system until 06.07.2016, quoting the reference number 2016-094.

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

06. July 2016
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