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Unit Laboratory Manager

Lieu de travailGrenoble, Rhône-Alpes, France

Unit Laboratory Manager

Scientific Services and Support

EMBL Grenoble is seeking to recruit a Unit Laboratory Manager to support our dynamic, interdisciplinary, and international community, where cutting-edge research in biochemistry, cellular, structural and molecular biology is performed.

This position is key to ensure excellent productivity of research labs, maximal operativity of shared scientific equipment, and smooth and efficient communication with the administrative and research staff. The Unit Laboratory Manager and her/his team will work closely with Facility Managers and Laboratory Support Staff of each research group, and with the Health and Safety Officer. The Unit Laboratory Manager will report directly to the Head of EMBL Grenoble Unit.

What else you need to know

We are Europe’s flagship research laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation performing scientific research in disciplines including molecular biology, physics, chemistry and computer science. We are an international, innovative and interdisciplinary laboratory with more than 1600 employees from many nations, operating across six sites, in Heidelberg (HQ), Barcelona, Hinxton near Cambridge, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. Our mission is to offer vital services in training scientists, students and visitors at all levels; to develop new instruments and methods in the life sciences and actively engage in technology transfer activities, and to integrate European life science research. Please note that appointments on fixed-term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.

Initial contract is for 3 years with a possibility of renewal up to 9 years.


The Unit Laboratory Manager will provide and manage support of the wet-lab activities of EMBL Grenoble. From preparation of basic buffers to the sterilization of bacteria cell culture and labware. As well as the logistics of plasticware consumables.

Key roles will include, but are not limited to:

  • Management of a team of 2-3 staff members, each deputed to interact and liaise with different service representatives (building maintenance, safety officer, facility managers, purchase officer, and IT) and with the research groups (delivery of cell culture media and autoclaved labware);
  • Ensuring operativity and maintenance of shared scientific equipment, including but not limited to chromatography systems (FPLC), autoclaves, cell disruptors, (ultra)centrifuges, spectrophotometers, laminar flow hoods, and other shared scientific instrumentation;
  • Training of newcomers on shared scientific instrumentation;
  • Budget administration relative to the purchase and consumption of shared plastic and glassware, research devices (i.e. cryo-electron microscopy grids), and chemicals, also involving price negotiation with vendors;
  • Expert advice and support on staff recruitment and upgrading scientific equipment and resources.
  • General management, including common equipment ordering, common space organisation, planning and coordinating of remodelling projects.
  • Regular meetings and communication with all Unit wet-lab research technicians as well as group and team leaders for the coordination of the wet-lab activities within the Unit. The Unit Laboratory Manager and their team will further contribute to emerging needs of EMBL Grenoble to maintain a competitive, proficient, state-of-the-art scientific environment, also by ensuring efficient communication and logistic support to all scientists of the Unit, and serve as an interface between EMBL’s service departments (building maintenance, scientific instrument maintenance, workshops, and core facilities) and the research Groups.


You have

  • Education and confirmed expertise in molecular/structural biology and biochemistry.
  • Previous work experience as a research technician in the above areas of life science.
  • Proven technical, organisational, interpersonal and management skills.
  • Fluency in English and good working knowledge in French are essential.

You might also have

  • Previous experience in staff management/supervision and budget administration.
  • Knowledge of purchasing and logistics.
  • Being able to fix small issues with scientific machineries would be a plus (e.g: replacement of an UV lamp in AKTA system).

Nous offrons

EMBL is curiosity-driven, community-oriented and international. As an inclusive, equal opportunity employer, we believe that diversity enables us to collaborate more effectively and be innovative in our approaches. We are, therefore, committed to creating an inclusive and flexible culture - one where everyone can realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to our organisation.

We encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing team – we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and personal experiences reflect the diversity of the populations that our science serves. We actively encourage applications from all genders and cultures, ethnic groups and all demographics to help us avoid perpetuating biases and oversights at this transformational point in our people strategy.

EMBL offers attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family-friendly working environment. Competitive salary and social security benefits, financial support for relocation, a relaxed culture, flexible work arrangements, professional development, an on-site nursery, canteen and other staff facilities make EMBL a great place to work.

EMBL is a signatory of DORA. Find out how we implement best practices in research assessment in our recruitment processes here (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">­info/dora/).

Contact et adresse

Based on the job description above, in your cover letter, please dedicate half a page to explain your vision in organising your Laboratory Support Team at EMBL Grenoble, if recruited (i.e. which of the described roles will you take directly, which roles will you delegate to your team members, what expertise would you ideally like your team members to have, how will you interact with the other Unit staff). Informal inquiries on the position can be directed to Prof. Kristina Djinovic Carugo at

Please apply online through: including a cover letter, your full CV, and the contact addresses of at least 2 referees.

  • Contract duration: 3 years
  • Grading: 6-7
  • Reference number: GR00163


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