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Technician/Technical Assistant (BTA/MTA/CTA)

The Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry is one of the leading research institutes within the fields of biochemistry, structural and cell biology, and biomedicine. With its 25 scientific departments and research groups, and a staff of around 850 people, the institute is one of the largest within the Max Planck Society.
The research group “Mechanisms of Protein Biogenesis” (Dr. Danny Nedialkova) has an opening for a
Technician/Technical Assistant (BTA/MTA/CTA)
Our newly established group aims to understand how cells coordinate mRNA translation with protein folding in vivo. We combine cutting-edge high-throughput sequencing approaches with proteomics, genetics, and biochemistry to define how translation rates guide protein structure acquisition in diverse cell types and model organisms.
Your tasks
Your daily work will involve the application of standard molecular and cell biology techniques such as cloning of DNA constructs, RNA extraction and analysis, PCR, and yeast genetics. Your responsibilities also include general lab management and organization (preparing buffers, ordering consumables, maintaining lab equipment and databases).
Your profile
You have successfully completed professional training as a technical assistant (BTA/MT/CTA), or hold an equivalent qualification. You enjoy working in a dynamic international environment focused on basic biological research, and you are willing to learn new techniques. You are also comfortable with communicating in English, which is the working language of our group. Excellent organisational skills and solid knowledge of standard molecular and cell biology techniques are a must. Previous experience in yeast and/or mammalian cell culture, handling RNA, or high-throuput sequencing is advantageous, but not required.
What we offer
The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension. The earliest anticipated starting date is May 1st, 2017.The salary is in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD Bund, depending on qualifications). Part-time work can be considered for this position.
Your application
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disability and especially encourages them to apply.
Applications should contain a short cover letter detailing your motivation for joining our group, a CV, and the contact details of two references.
Please send your application as a pdf file using reference number 20.16 to Application review will begin on January 16, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, please contact Dr. Danny Nedialkova (
How to apply:
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While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: 20.16

About Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Proteins are the molecular building blocks and engines of the cell, and are involved in almost all processes of life. The scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) investigate the structure of proteins and how they function – from individual molecules up to whole organisms. With about 850 employees coming from 45 nations, the MPIB is one of the largest institutes...

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