Group Leader - Developmental Biology

EMBL Heidelberg
Job Location
Meyerhoferstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg

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 comprise 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 is committed to achieving gender balance and strongly encourages applications from women. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

Job Description

The Developmental Biology Unit studies the development of multicellular organisms. Research in the unit covers all levels, from the cellular to the whole organism, and is highly interdisciplinary, combining a wide range of approaches and innovative techniques, with special emphasis on quantitative and real-time imaging. Research in the unit is firmly embedded within the overall EMBL research environment, with extensive in-house collaborations and support from world-class services, including the gene core, transgenic, metabolomics and mass-spectrometry core facilities.

We are seeking outstanding candidates using model organisms to address fundamental principles of multicellular development across the entire spectrum of developmental biology. Complementary approaches, including simplified systems, such as organoid and stem cell systems, are also welcome. Candidates with strong background and research using theoretical approaches are also encouraged to apply. There is the possibility to hire two group leaders in the present call.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Unit Anne Ephrussi (

Interviews are planned for 19, 20 & 21 December 2016.
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


The successful candidate should have a strong motivation to work in the multidisciplinary and collaborative environment of EMBL, grasping the opportunity to interact with many other research groups. In general, EMBL appoints group leaders early in their career and provides them with a very supportive environment for their first independent position to achieve highly ambitious and original research goals.

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

How to Apply

Please apply online through

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 directly by your referees to: at the latest by 6 October 2016.

About Our Organization

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).

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