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Job announcement No. 91/2014
 
The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research has an opening for a
 
Scientific Writer and Coordinator (Free Lancer)
 
The department “Regulation in Infection Biology” (REGI) headed by Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig and Hannover Medical School in Hannover (Germany) is offering a Scientific Writer and Coordinator position within the frame of Emmanuelle Charpentier’s recently funded Alexander von Humboldt Professorship and awarded Prizes (e.g. Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences).
The Helmholtz department REGI studies molecular and cellular mechanisms of regulation in processes of infection and immunity with a focus on Gram-positive bacterial pathogens. The group is particularly interested in understanding how RNAs and proteins coordinate to modulate gene expression in various biological pathways such as horizontal gene transfer, CRISPR-Cas immunity, adaptation to stress, physiology, persistence, virulence, infection and defense. We use a combination of sophisticated -omics, genetic, molecular, biochemical, physiological and cell infection approaches to identify new molecules and decipher their genesis, functions and modes of action. A greater understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of regulation in bacterial pathogens is critical to generate new findings for possible translation into novel biotechnological (e.g. genome editing tools) and biomedical (e.g. anti-infective strategies) applications.
 
Responsibilities:
  • Develop, write and edit material for various scientific grants, manuscripts, reports, publications, and press articles.
  • Coordinate scientific projects and assist investigators with progress reports, collaborative applications and annual reports.
  • Review and evaluate scientific manuscripts and grants and recommend for revisions.
  • Edit articles and reviews for journals and books.
  • Preparation of presentations, drawing and editing of diagrams, charts and schemas to illustrate material.
  • Manage literature database.
  • Coordinate communication and media.
  • Support in patent applications.
  • Support in organisation and coordination of scientific workshops and seminars.
 
 
Prerequisites:
  • PhD in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Immunology.
  • Extensive experience and profound knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry, bacterial genetics and microbiology (or immunology) will be considered as an advantage.
  • A PhD and/or a post-doctoral experience abroad (preferentially in the US) will be considered as an advantage.
  • Profound interest in the scientific literature, scientific writing and research topics of the Department.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of international and multidisciplinary consortia.
  • Ability to coordinate and manage scientific projects related to the topics studied at the department.
  • Must have ability to read, analyse and interpret scientific literature on the exact research topics of the department as well as publications in common scientific and technical journals.
  • Ability to multi-task and to meet tight deadlines is essential.
  • Excellent knowledge in organizing research activities.
  • Ability to work in a highly competitive research environment.
  • A proven record of publications in high-ranking journals.
  • Excellent self-motivation and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent organization skills and personal initiative.
  • Must have excellent English writing skills and proven experience in writing articles and grants.
  • Must have excellent English communication skills.
  • Excellent competence in software applications (e.g., Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Keynote; Adobe programs; Reference managers: EndNote, Zotero).
Location:             
Braunschweig (Germany). Free-lancer position, so location is flexible (Europe).
 
Starting date:          Early 2015, Initial contract for 1 year negotiable
 
Salary:                     Service contract / to be agreed upon
 
Closing date:          15.02.2015

Contact detail


How to apply:
Please send your application with a cover letter outlining briefly your research experience, motivation in the position and own scientific interests within the context of the announced research topics, and a complete curriculum vitae including a list of publications and academic references referring to code 91/2014 to
 
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Dept. of Human Resources, Inhoffenstraße 7, 38124 Braunschweig or by E-Mail: JobsHZI@helmholtz-hzi.de
 
All documents and information should be provided in English.
 
Send application to
The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, the largest scientific organization in Germany. The HZI offers a unique research environment in the field of infection biology, excellent state-of-the-art equipment, a stimulating scientific community and intensive training of scientific and personal skills. Further information about the institute and the research department of Prof Charpentier can be found on our website: http://www.helmholtz-hzi.de
 
For questions regarding the offered position, you are encouraged to contact directly the Department Head – Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier – using the following email contact address: Helga.Ayala-Tiedtke@helmholtz-hzi.de
 

Job profile


Working hours
Full-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
Freelance/Project
Work experience
jobexperience is required
Region
Germany
Working place
38124 Braunschweig
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences
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