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) and the outstations are in Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Monterotondo (Italy).The successful candidate will be part of a team taking care of the Marine Biology Facility, which is run by the Arendt Laboratory at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). This facility is designed for keeping and breeding a large spectrum of marine organisms, with focus on the marine annelid Platynereis dumerilii and other marine invertebrate species, as well as for providing appropriate conditions for marine biological experimentation far away from the ocean. The postholder will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the facility and for establishing and improving breeding conditions for the different marine species. This includes careful planning and design of devices and sophisticated aquaristic tasks but also rearing of food, feedings, setup of matings, stock keeping, collection trips, monitoring, and regular water changes.
Qualifications and Experience
Candidates ideallyhave an educational background as animal caretaker, (marine) biologist, or a comparable background. Furthermore, s/he should have previous experience in – or display an interest in – marine biology and/or aquaristics. Running an aquatic breeding facility requires extreme reliability and precision. We are therefore looking for candidates who have a strong sense of organization, work well as part of a team, and have a sense of initiative toward improving established routines and procedures in order to increase the overall efficiency in their line of work. A good working knowledge of English is required as it is the laboratory’s main working language. A basic knowledge of German is desirable but not mandatory.
Closing date: 29th of April 2012