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Technician / Lab Manager

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

Starting date
The position is available from March 1, 2016

1 year, with possibility for extension

Project description
A laboratory manager/technician position is available in the Hancock Laboratory as part of an ERC-funded research project to reconstruct the history of Arabidopsis thaliana from the Cape Verde Islands. Research in the lab is aimed at understanding the genetic basis and evolutionary history of complex traits, with a particular focus on adaptive evolution.
Approaches used in the lab include NGS sequencing, trait-mapping using natural and recombinant populations, functional analysis, computational modeling and population genetic analysis.
The lab manager will be responsible for ordering, managing and maintaining biological resources (seed stocks), preparing samples for sequencing, 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 is preferred, although applicants with Bachelor degree or certified BTAs and significant laboratory experience will also 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.
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 as a single PDF file via e-mail to Angela Hancock (

Application deadline
Reviewing of applications will start February 1, 2016, and be continued until a suitable candidate is found.
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About Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

The Max Planck Institute in Plant Breeding (MPIZ) ( is one of the world’s premier sites committed to research into fundamental processes and training in plant biology. There are four science departments, three independent research groups and specialist support, totaling ~ 400 staff including externally funded positions.

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