Technical Assistant in FACS (Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting) facility (m/f/d)

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Technical Assistant in FACS (Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting) facility (m/f/d)

The Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting (‘FACS’) scientific core facility is looking for a Technical Assistant (BTA/MTA/CTA or equivalent) to train, support, and consult users on machine usage, experimental design, and methods.

Applications until 14 June 2024


The FACS Facility is part of the comprehensive suite of scientific core facilities of the MPI-CBG, responsible for providing cell sorting and analysis capabilities realizing the full potential offered by the technology to support the research programs and activities ongoing at the institute.

MPI-CBG is an institute of the renowned Max Planck Society conducting ground-breaking biomedical research at the forefront of the current state-of-the-art. The institute has an international staff coming from > 50 nations from around the world. The question posed for the first 20 years since the institute’s founding has been ‘how do cells form tissues’? The institute has recently further developed its research vision and adopted stem cell-derived models, synthetic tissue systems and organoids models to address its fundamental questions in developmental biology, regeneration self-organization and molecular genetics. The institute is well known for an interdisciplinary approach including consideration of the role of force, size, shape and other physical parameters on cell and tissue organization and also provides within the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (‘CSBD’) a rich environment for theoretical approaches, modelling and simulation.

Main Responsibilities

We are seeking a highly motivated and service-oriented individual with a background in FACS techniques acquired in a research environment. The Technical Assistant will support the facility leader by:

  • Consultation and counselling for users on machine usage, experimental design, and method application and validation.
  • Scheduling, planning, and performance of user requests, such as cell sorts, cell analyses, and data analysis using instrumentation specific software.
  • Training of users on flow cytometry machines and software and on-site consultation.
  • Assisting the facility leader with the maintenance of a protocol repository to accompany user consultations.
  • Maintenance, administration, and care of highly complex flow cytometry instrumentation.

Your qualifications

  • Technical Assistant certificate (MTA, PTA, BTA, CTA) or university degree preferably in biology or related field.
  • Experience in handling biological samples, a diverse spectrum of biological and biochemical methods, especially experience with flow cytometry workflows (e.g. cell culturing and performance and analysis of multi-color-FACS stainings).
  • Experience in operating and technically understanding FACS instrumentation including Becton Dickinson and Sony flow cytometers (Aria, MA900, SA3800), and FACS data analysis with specific FACS software, e.g. FlowJo.
  • Good English skills both in writing and speech.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.

Our offer

The position is available as of 01.07.2024. The initial contract is for 2 years with the expectation of prolongation contingent on mutual agreement. Salary will depend on the experience and qualifications of the candidate, up to TvöD 9A. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Queries about the position may be addressed to the FACS Facility leader, Julia Jarrells, (jarrells(at) ). For initial enquiries regarding contract or compensation, please contact Brian von Rueden, Head of Human Resources, via hr(at) .

Please submit your complete application, including CV, motivation letter in English, and contact details for 3 references via our online application system by 14.06.2024 stating 2024-TA-FACS-4250 at .

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Pfotenhauerstr. 108
01307 Dresden, Germany

  • The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, and other components of identity.
  • The Max Planck Society specifically aims to increase the proportion of women in the areas in which they are underrepresented. We therefore explicitly invite women to apply.
  • The Max Planck Society is further committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.
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