Group Leader - Genome Biology

Job Location: 
Heidelberg, Germany
Job Description: 

The Genome Biology Unit studies the molecular mechanisms by which genetic information is expressed and regulated to yield complex biological systems, and how genetic variation leads to phenotypic diversity. The Unit addresses questions at different scales, ranging from detailed mechanistic studies (using genetics, chemistry, biochemistry and microfluidics) to genome-wide studies (using functional genomic, proteomic and computational approaches). This powerful combination enables the Unit to dissect and model complex processes going from genotype to phenotype. This group leader position provides a very competitive package to support an independent research group in an excellent scientific and highly collaborative environment. We particularly encourage candidates applying a systems biology approach to understanding specific aspects of gene expression regulation, evolution, metabolomics, stem cell biology, or genomic applications to health to apply, but welcome candidates with demonstrated excellence in any area of genome biology.

The Unit consists of nine interdisciplinary groups and has a very dynamic, highly collaborative, international and family friendly environment, where the working language is English.

Further information about research in the Genome Biology Unit and at EMBL can be found at the EMBL web page.


Please apply online through

In your application, please include a Cover Letter, CV and a concise description of research interests & future research plans.

Please also arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be emailed to: at the latest by 20 October 2013.

Contact Information: 

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Unit Eileen Furlong (eileen.furlong[at]

Interviews are planned for 25, 26 and 27 November 2013 (however, dates can be flexible or subject to change depending on circumstances at the time).

EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collaborative and family friendly atmosphere. The working language of the institute is English.

Information on Group Leader appointments can be found under

An initial contract of 5 years will be offered to the successful candidate. This is foreseen to be extended to a maximum of 9 years, subject to an external review.

About Our Organization: 

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organizations in the world. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany) and the outstations are in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Monterotondo (Italy).