Research Technician / Molecular Biologist (m/f/d)

The Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen is a world-renowned research institute of the German Max Planck Society. The Department “Microbiome Science” of Prof. Dr. Ruth E. Ley is studying the evolution of host-microbial interaction.
To complete our international team we are seeking a


Research Technician / Molecular Biologist (m/f/d)


Job Description:

Your work will entail principally the performance of standard and advanced techniques in molecular biology and microbiology. Tasks may include performing PCR, DNA and RNA extractions from tissue and microbial cultures, next generation sequencing library preparation, cell culture, and other assays. You may also prepare microbial growth media, assist with cultivation of aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms, and participate in protocol development. You will work under both S1 and S2 safety levels, in which you will be fully trained at the MPI. Your work will also include routine maintenance and organization of the laboratory, and assisting with the maintenance and ordering of supplies. Your work will be part of various new and ongoing research projects in a fast-paced and diversified work environment.

Another aspect of our research involves the use of germfree and gnotobiotic mice. Your work would also involve assisting researchers with their experiments, which includes harvesting and processing samples, and assisting with writing animal experiment applications. You would also assist in the conventional and gnotobiotic animal facility when needed, such as when other caretakers are absent or assisting researchers. This work includes sterilization of isolators and supplies, mandatory documentation within the facility, and general husbandry. You will be fully trained at the MPI.


Qualifications:
Applicants should be (i) highly motivated with a strong work ethic, (ii) able to complete complex tasks independently, (iii) a team player, (iv) organized and good at time management, (v) eager to learn new techniques, (vi) detail oriented. At a minimum, applicants should have previous experience with standard techniques of molecular biology (e.g., pipetting, DNA and RNA extractions, PCR, gel electrophoresis) and with common office productivity programs (e.g., Microsoft Office). Experience in microbiology preferred but not required. Previous experience with laboratory animals is not required, but useful.

Applicants should hold a degree as technician or equivalent, or a bachelor’s degree. Work experience in a laboratory setting is preferred. The working language of the laboratory is English. Fluency in either German or English is required; competence in English is required. Competence in German is not a requirement, but is preferred.

Contract:
The position is available immediately. Candidates from outside of the Max Planck Society will be offered an initial contract of two years and the salary and benefits are based on the German TVöD guidelines (TVöD Bund).

Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF form) online including a cover letter describing their interest in this position, a CV, certificates, etc. by September 23rd, 2019. Applications should be written in English.

Please note that we can only accept applications submitted electronically through the application portal: https://jobs.tue.mpg.de/jobs/87

Applicants should submit their documents (in PDF form) online including a cover letter describing their interest in this position, a CV, certificates, etc. by September 23rd, 2019. Applications should be written in English.

Please note that we can only accept applications submitted electronically through the application portal:
https://jobs.tue.mpg.de/jobs/87


The Max Planck Society is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer. Individuals with disabilities will be given priority, assuming equal qualifications and are thus encouraged to apply.

For inquiries please contact Karin Klein (' +49.7071.601449, karin.klein@tuebingen.mpg.de)
For more information about our institute please visit our website: http://www.eb.mpg.de/