EMBL Imaging Centre

Open access to cutting-edge electron and light microscopy

We provide researchers from Europe and beyond with a synergistic portfolio of imaging services including cryo-EM, super-resolution and intravital microscopy to enable new ground-breaking research that crosses the scales of biology.

Latest news

EMBL Lautenschläger Summer School (26 June – 7 July 2023)

EMBL Imaging Centre: highlights of the first year of operations

Welcome: Tzu-Lun Wang and Nazli Celik

Credit: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL

Undergrad students at the IC learning the basics of volume EM

Open access

to new imaging technologies with a special focus on correlating technologies.

Tailored project support

by expert technical staff throughout the whole imaging process: from sample preparation to imaging technology to data analysis.

Our Motivation

The rapid technological developments of the last two decades have led the scientific community to achieve biological and medical discoveries at an ever-increasing pace. Today, outstanding advances in imaging technologies such as electron (EM) and light microscopy (LM) enable us to directly visualise the molecular machinery of life at an unprecedented level of detail. As seeing is understanding, cutting-edge microscopy is becoming a central technology platform for the life sciences. However, only a minority of scientists have access to the latest imaging technologies as the devices are expensive and complex in their set-up, maintenance and usage.

Get to know us

The EMBL Imaging Centre is a new EMBL service unit at Heidelberg, Germany for the highest resolution EM and LM technologies and the combination thereof (correlative technologies), including academically developed methods not yet commercially available. The main mission of the EMBL Imaging Centre is to rapidly make the most advanced microscopy technologies available as a synergistic service portfolio to the international user community from both academia and industry to enable new ground-breaking research that crosses the scales of biology.

Open Positions

The EMBL Imaging Centre is always looking for highly motivated outstanding people to join the team. All interested should be fascinated by imaging technologies, interested in providing service to the wide user community, and curious about how to combine service provision with technology development in the latest imaging technologies. Speculative applications of researchers from all disciplines including your CV can be sent any time to the EMBL Imaging Centre Coordinator, Stephanie Alexander.

Vacancies can be found on EMBL’s job page.

We also support the ARISE programme which gives fellowships for technology developers and engineers, to advance technology and method development in the life sciences and learn how to lead service providing research infrastructures.

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Generous support to establish the EMBL Imaging Centre was provided by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Wuerttemberg, donations by the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation and HeidelbergCement, as well as our industry partners Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Leica Microsystems and Thermo Fisher Scientific.