Jobs in Structural Biology and Related Fields

Head of EMBL Grenoble post

EMBL Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Application deadline: 24 Jan 2021

EMBL is seeking to recruit a visionary leader in structural biology as Head of EMBL Grenoble. EMBL Grenoble is situated on the European Photon and Neutron (EPN) Campus, along with three other research institutes, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the Institut Laue-Langevin, and the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS). In partnership, these institutes create a dynamic and multidisciplinary environment that provides a uniquely comprehensive range of structural biology platforms for both in-house research and external users. EMBL Grenoble and the ESRF jointly develop and operate the beamlines for macromolecular crystallography and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The ESRF has recently become the world’s first fourth generation synchrotron opening up new exciting opportunities including serial crystallography and X-ray imaging. In addition, EMBL Grenoble participates in a joint cryo-electron microscopy facility on the EPN campus that is likely to develop further in the future. A particular strength of EMBL Grenoble is its leading expertise in designing and building innovative automated instrumentation, providing an invaluable resource of technical know-how and support to aid the structural biology scientific community. Current research at EMBL Grenoble focuses on structural biology of complexes involved in RNA biology, gene expression and host-pathogen interactions, mainly in eukaryotic systems, using the full spectrum of structural biology including X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy, biochemistry, proteomics and cell biology approaches. As the opportunities offered by the new synchrotron source as well as by the rapid developments in cryo-electron microscopy evolve, as future Head of EMBL Grenoble, you will be in the exciting position of driving forward a future in integrated structural biology, taking into account the rapidly changing landscape in structural biology, while capitalising on the strong foundation of synergistic activities between research, service and instrumentation. You will have a decisive role in developing the overall strategy in Grenoble in line with the vision of EMBL’s scientific programme, reporting directly to Edith Heard, EMBL Director General. There is considerable scope for you to develop the research identity and profile of EMBL Grenoble to realise its full potential and deliver excellence. You will have a key role for its realisation, including the hiring and mentoring of research group leaders. As an active scientist and member of EMBL Faculty, you will also maintain scientific and technical contacts internationally at the highest level. You will contribute greatly to the success of EMBL Grenoble and EMBL as a whole, through participation in EMBL’s collegial leadership structure.

Your role

As Head of EMBL Grenoble, you will:

be responsible for establishing and developing programmatic priorities and resource planning;

advance your own research group;

recruit, supervise and mentor faculty members;

oversee the provision of Structural Biology services and training for internal and external users;

ensure the maintenance of world-class standards of research;

guide the on-site preparation for regular programme reviews;

identify and pursue opportunities for further development within EMBL Grenoble;

nurture the inter-institutional partnerships on the EPN Campus and within Grenoble;

work in collaboration with scientific and government partners to develop joint programmes;

provide regular information and status reports to the Director General;

provide reports as required by EMBL Council and other external committees;

interact with the wider scientific community via conferences and special events;

participate in senior scientific, strategic and administrative leadership of EMBL.

The tasks are not limited to the above and a flexible approach and ability to adapt to evolving situations in a dynamic organization is required.

You have

As an ideal candidate, you are an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial scientist with an outstanding track record in a field of structural biology and molecular cell biology. Besides bringing scientific vision, you are motivated to work in an open, collaborative environment. Essential requirements for the position include a PhD in the life sciences and at least 10 years' experience in international scientific collaboration. A proven record of substantial management and leadership experience within a scientific organisation, preferably international, is required. You have proven experience with administration management and as well as excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. A high level of proficiency in English is essential.  Key competencies are:

the ability to think strategically, to take effective decisions and provide leadership;

the capacity to understand the perspective of key decision-makers and partners – to think through their needs and interests to identify their agenda;

the ability to build strong and effective links within and outside the organisation;

the ability to actively build collaborations with external partners and other scientific organisations, nationally and internationally;

initiative, pro-activeness and very good negotiation skills.


For more information and to apply please follow this link

Application deadline 24th January 2021


Grenoble, France

Head of EMBL Grenoble post