Technical Assistant (m/f/d) Plant Genetics

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne

Type of Job

Scientific and Technical Assistance

Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Plant Research

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Job offer from July 13, 2021

The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne invites applications for a Technical Assistant Position.

Starting date

The position is available immediately.


12 months, with possibility for extension

Project description

A laboratory manager/technician position is available in the Hancock Laboratory as part of research projects to reconstruct the adaptive history of Arabidopsis thaliana populations. Research in the lab is aimed at understanding the genetic basis and evolutionary history of complex traits, with a particular focus on adaptive evolution.

The lab manager will be responsible for ordering, managing and maintaining biological resources (seed stocks), extracting DNA, preparing samples for genome sequencing, PCR (genotyping and cloning), assisting in the production of recombinant populations, and supporting large-scale phenotyping projects and functional analyses with CRISPR/Cas9.

Our requirements

A Masters degree in biology, Bachelor degree or certified BTAs will be considered. The ideal candidate has molecular biology experience and experience working with plants, is highly organized and detail-oriented.

The working language of the laboratory is English and strong English language skills are essential. The initial contract will be for one year with the possibility of extension.


The salary will be according to the German TVöD.

Your application

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society also seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

If you need further information on the position offered, please feel free to contact .

Applications should include a cover letter explaining why you are well-suited to the position, a CV, and contact details of at least two academic referees and should be sent through the online system.

Application deadline

Reviewing of applications will start immediately, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

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