Technical assistant (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön

Type of Job

Scientific and Technical Assistance

Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Microbiology & Ecology

Job Code: 04/2020

Job offer from January 30, 2020

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (Schleswig-Holstein) consists of three departments (Evolutionary Genetics, Evolutionary Theory and Microbial Population Biology), and several department-independent research groups. It is focused on basic research to unravel general evolutionary processes, and the scope of the work includes ecological, organismic, cellular, molecular and theoretical approaches.

The department-independent research group of “Evolutionary Cell Biology” aims to understand how evolution works at the cellular level, using bacterial sporulation as a model system.

To strengthen our team, we are looking for qualified candidates for the following position Technical assistant (m/f/d) (full-time).

Scope of duties

You will provide technical support for a European-funded research project in close cooperation with the rest of the lab members. Specifically, you will participate in the construction of a library of mutants of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis, and in the screening of the library for sporulation defects. Your experimental tasks will include the implementation of several molecular genetic methods (e.g. different PCR-based cloning techniques), a variety of fluorescence microscopy techniques, and various microbiological methods. In addition, you will contribute to general organizational tasks in the laboratory, including database management. You will have excellent opportunities to gain experience in different aspects of genetics and cell biology, in a collaborative and stimulating atmosphere.


  • Successfully completed professional training or study (Bsc), if applicable
  • Excellent skills in molecular genetics and familiarity with microbiology
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent command of English
  • Strong commitment, independence and sense of responsibility
  • Communication talent and willingness to work in a team

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Javier Lopez Garrido ().

The position is limited to 2 years, with possibility of extension for the duration of the project (five years maximum). Depending on qualification and professional experience, payment is made according to TVöD Bund from remuneration group E08 up to E09b. In addition, social benefits are granted in accordance with the regulations for the public sector.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our institutions.


Please send your application, prepare a single PDF file containing a cover letter, a CV (and copies of relevant titles) and the contact information of two academic or professional references, by email up to 23.02.2020 to: . We would greatly appreciate it if you were to submit your application package in English, although this is not a formal requirement.

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