Technical Assistant in the Research Group Predators and Prey

We are looking for an experienced technical assistant to provide highly skilled support for a new research group led by Hannah Rowland in the MPI for Chemical Ecology. The Predators and Prey Research group study the adaptations of predators to consuming toxic prey. The technical assistant will be an integral part of the lab team, and will be responsible for undertaking various molecular biology techniques, especially related to NGS (NextGen Sequencing), PCR and molecular cloning. The post-holder will also be responsible for general laboratory management. She or he will be the key person for ensuring laboratory infrastructure. The position can be part time (50%) or full time (please state your preference in your application).

The starting date will ideally be October 2018, but no later than December 2018. The position is initially planned for two years and can be extended up to five years subject to satisfactory performance. The remuneration is paid according to the collective agreement of the public service TVöD according to the qualification and the activity to be transferred, either part time or full time.

We particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates for this vacancy. The Max-Planck-Society is an equal opportunity employer striving to employ people with disabilities; applications from disabled candidates are encouraged from such qualified individuals. The reconciliation of work and family life is very important to us.

The closing date for applications is 20th August 2018. We anticipate holding interviews in mid-September.

Person Profile

  • Professional training as technical assistant (BTA with state accreditation (staatlicher Anerkennung), BioTA, CTA, MTA), or an equivalent qualification, and with at least 2 years of recent experience in a BSL1 molecular biology lab.
  • Laboratory experience, preferably in the biological sciences, of preparing biological samples extractions from tissue/faeces/blood for external NGS sequencing (isolation of high quality RNA/DNA and NGS library preparation), and molecular cloning.
  • Experience of gene expression analysis (qPCR) is an advantage but not absolutely necessary.
  • We are looking for candidates who are pro-active, responsible and reliable, with good time management and the ability to work in a team. Good communication skills to enable explanation of technical issues and processes and efficient resolution of other general laboratory and research related issues.
  • Proficiency in German is absolutely required. However, the working language of the lab-group is English, and so English language skills are also highly desirable.
  • All applicants are legally required to demonstrate the right to work/permission to work in Europe.

How to apply
Please submit a full Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a summary of current and previous roles. The summary should be less than 1000 words. You should also include a covering letter setting out why you are applying and what you would bring to the role (1 side A4 maximum). Please send directly via email to  with the subject line “TA Application”