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Optical Microscopy Specialist in the Intracellular Self-Organization Group

Optical Microscopy Specialist in the Intracellular Self-Organization Group

The Institute

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, based in Barcelona, Spain, with more than 400 scientists from 44 countries. The CRG is composed by an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team which is supported both by a flexible and efficient administration and by high-end and innovative technologies.

In April 2021, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) received the renewal of the 'HR Excellence in Research' Award from the European Commission. This is a recognition of the Institute's commitment to developing an HR Strategy for Researchers, designed to bring the practices and procedures in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code).

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The role

Quantitative optical microscopy imaging and quantitative image analysis play a central role in the research of the Intracellular Self-Organization lab, headed by Thomas Surrey. The successful candidate will be a key lab member being involved in several projects. He or she will be responsible for further developing light microscopy methods (e.g. iSCAT/IRM, laser ablation, optical trapping, super-resolution) in the framework of the ERC Synergy Project BIOMECANET and for developing image and data analysis tools. The selected candidate will work together with biochemists and biophysicists, contributing specialized microscopy and data analysis expertise and training. The research will address fundamental questions concerning the molecular mechanisms governing the spatio-temporal organization of the cytoskeleton during cell division, using reconstituted systems and cultured cells. This collaborative work will result in publications in peer-reviewed journals.

About the lab

The Surrey lab is interested in understanding the design principles of self-organizing intracellular structures. The focus is on understanding how the cytoskeleton functions. The group has made major contributions to our understanding of microtubule cytoskeleton biochemistry and biophysics (e.g. Consolati et al., Dev Cell, 2020, Roostalu et al., Cell, 2018; Maurer et al., Cell 2012; Roostalu et al., Science, 2011; Bieling et al., Nature, 2007). Quantitative microscopy imaging combined with quantitative image and data analysis are important methods in the lab (Rickman et al., PNAS, 2017; Bohner et al., J. Microscopy, 2016; Maurer et al., Curr Biol, 2014). The overall goal of our research is to understand the molecular mechanisms controlling the reliable generation of functional dynamic architectures of the cytoskeleton, particularly during cell division. The lab receives funding from the European Research Council (ERC), the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Centro de Excelencia Severo Ochoa, the CERCA Programme of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP), and the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).

Whom would we like to hire?

Professional experience

• You have an excellent understanding of optics, light microscopy methods, image analysis, and statistics
• You have experience in the development and usage of optical microscopy instrumentation
• You have experience in image data analysis developments
• You ideally have several years of postdoc experience

Desirable but not required

• You have a good understanding of molecular biophysics
• You have experience with studying biochemical systems, especially motor proteins
• You have experience with super-resolution microscopy and/or optical trapping and/or microfabrication

Education and training

• You hold a PhD degree in Physics


• You are fluent in English


• You enjoy working in an academic, interdisciplinacry research environment
• You are able to work independently and also enjoy working in a team
• You have excellent organisational skills
• You have excellent scientific writing skills

The Offer – Working Conditions

Contract duration: Initial contract up to 6 years, with the possibility of extension.
Estimated annual gross salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and consistent with our pay scales.
Target start date: October/November, 2021.

We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. To check out our training and development portfolio, please visit our website in the training section.

We offer and promote a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The CRG is committed to reconcile a work and family life of its employees and are offering extended vacation period and the possibility to benefit from flexible working hours.

Application Procedure

All applications must include:

1. A motivation letter addressed to Dr. Thomas Surrey.
2. A complete CV including contact details.
3. Contact details of two referees.

All applications must be addressed to Dr. Thomas Surrey and be submitted online through the "Apply" button below. 

Selection Process

Pre-selection: The pre-selection process will be based on qualifications and expertise reflected on the candidates CVS. It will be merit-based.

Interview: Preselected candidates will be interviewed by the Hiring Manager of the position and a selection panel if required.

Offer Letter: Once the successful candidate is identified the Human Resources department will send a Job Offer, specifying the start day, salary, working conditions, among other important details.

Deadline: Please submit your application by October 3rd, 2021.

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