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Research Assistant (f/m/d)

Closing Date
WorkplaceSchenefeld, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Shaping the future

European XFEL is an international non-profit company located in the Hamburg area in Germany. It operates a 3.4 km-long X-ray laser, which produces X-rays of unique quality for studies in physics, chemistry, the life sciences, materials research and other disciplines. The diverse scientific facilities at European XFEL enable scientists from across the globe to carry out a wide range of experimental techniques. User operation has started in September 2017.

One of the areas of science at the European XFEL is serial femtosecond protein nano-crystallography and coherent diffractive imaging of biological particles such as organelles and protein complexes. The science at these scientific instruments depends on the quality of the biological samples to be measured. In order to enable preparation and characterization of biological samples for all instruments the integrated biology infrastructure in life sciences for the European XFEL was built up by the XBI User Consortium. The focus is on user support on almost 500 m2 of biological laboratory space located one floor above the scientific instruments. To operate the bio laboratories the European XFEL is looking for a

Research Assistant (f/m/d)


  • upkeep and operation of laboratory equipment
  • upkeep of laboratory records, inventory, consumables and supplies
  • support users of the European XFEL facility at the biology lab in the field of sample preparation, handling and testing
  • interact with both internal and external partners
  • assist in the implementation of safety measures and maintain the cleanliness of the work area
  • ability to work shift time/participate in on call duty


  • completed studies in Biology, Life science or equivalent; alternatively a completed education as biological laboratory technician with at least five years of relevant experience
  • experience in biological laboratory procedures
  • experience in chemical sample preparation and handling
  • high degree of organization
  • strong interest to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team
  • experience in one of the following techniques is an asset: light or electron microscopy and related sample preparation, mass spectrometry, production and biophysical characterization of proteins and protein crystals
  • ability to work cleanly and neatly, maintain records of work done

We offer

Become part of a vibrant international and multicultural team of scientists, engineers, technical, and administrative staff. Be involved in cutting edge scientific and technical progress, participate in our international networks, and shape your life upon trust-based flexible working times and telecommuting options. Experience our atmosphere of tolerance and respect.

Salary and benefits are similar to those of public service organizations in Germany. In addition, European XFEL provides a noncontributory company pension scheme, broad relocation benefits, a subsidized job-ticket for the local public transportation system, as well as our brand-new company restaurant BeamStop. The European XFEL GmbH employs a diverse, broadly international staff. Non-German candidates hired from abroad receive an international allowance.

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This appointment is limited to 3 years with the possibility to become permanent - subject to a later decision.


Please apply online and provide a motivation letter next to a CV in English as well as your reference letters in one single pdf-file. Handicapped persons will be given preference over other equally qualified applicants. The European XFEL GmbH is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Kristina Lorenzen (kristina.lorenzenxfel.eu). The working place will be Schenefeld, in the Hamburg metropolitan area. General information on working in Germany, the Hamburg area and the European XFEL can be found under https://www.xfel.eu/careers.

European XFEL GmbH Holzkoppel 4, 22869 Schenefeld, Germany


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