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Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Barabas Group

Contract Duration: 2 years

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations worldwide. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), Rome (Italy).

A fully funded postdoctoral position is available in the Barabas Group in Heidelberg. The group studies mobile genetic elements using structural, biochemical and cell biology approaches. We strive to learn how these “jumping genes” move between genomic locations, and how they integrate in the life-cycle of their host organisms and ecosystems (e.g. Rubio-Cosials et al. Cell 2018). Building on structure-function relationships, we further develop tools for genetic engineering (Voigt et al. Nat Commun. 2016).

Transposons comprise much of modern genomes, but their mechanisms and physiological roles are poorly understood, that they also have essential functions contributing to gene regulation, development and neurogenesis. While DNA repair pathways safeguard genome stability, mobile genetic elements keep changing genomic sequence and expression profile driving evolution and adaptation. In this project, we aim to elucidate how transposons liaise with their host to impart genome plasticity without harming the host.

We seek a skilled and passionate biochemist or structural biologist to study the cooperation of transposons with the DNA repair machineries in their host. The work will include protein-nucleic acid biochemistry, structural biology (X-ray crystallography and cryoEM), cell biology, microscopy, and/or bioinformatics approaches. This project is part of a DFG-funded collaboration with the Bétermier lab (I2BC, CNRS, France), providing the opportunity for extensive interdisciplinary interactions.

The postdoctoral fellow will have access to world-class structural biology, proteomics, genomics, and microscopy facilities at EMBL and will be offered expert training in relevant experimental techniques. After initial training, he/she will be expected to work independently, while well integrated into a highly collaborative team. For more information, you may contact Dr. Barabas per e-mail. Researchers interested in working on other projects in the group should also write to Dr. Barabas directly.

Qualifications and Experience
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biophysics, or in a closely related area. Research experience in biochemistry or molecular biology is required, previous knowledge of structural biology (X-ray crystallography or cryoEM) is a plus. Moreover, an ability to work independently, proactive and collaborative personality and good level of English are also essential.

Application Instructions
Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs

Additional Information
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 comprises from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits.

Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review. 

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