Technical Assistant (MTA/BTA) in Cell Biology of Aging (m/f/d)

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Technical Assistant (MTA/BTA) in Cell Biology of Aging (m/f/d)

The new research group of Dr. Sandra Scharaw is looking for a Technical Assistant (BTA/MTA/CTA or equivalent) in Cell Biology of Aging working with organoids, microscopy and genome engineering.

Applications until 7 June 2024

The research group of Dr. Sandra Scharaw is looking for a

Technical Assistant (MTA/BTA or equivalent) (m/f/d)
in Cell Biology of Aging
working with organoids, microscopy and genome engineering.

The lab of Sandra Scharaw focuses on Cell Biology in Tissue Aging, with the goal to understand how stem cells organize their endomembrane organelles to drive tissue renewal and how it changes with age. We combine ultra-structure tissue imaging with the power of 3D intestinal organoid systems in a dish, to characterize the stem cell organelles and the transport of signals along them to the surrounding microenvironment. The usage of mouse models and organoids provide us with microcopy and omics-based readouts of stem cell functions, as well as gene editing possibilities in the context of age-linked dysfunctions. Our team is highly collaborative, international, and collaborative; English is our institute working language.

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, is an institute of the world-renowned Max Planck Society conducting ground-breaking biomedical research at the forefront of science. Currently about 500 employees work at the institute, where half are from abroad, representing 53 nations. The institute has won several prizes for its optimal work conditions and family-friendly environment.

Main responsibilities

The successful candidate will work with organoids and be responsible for preparing, performing and post-processing of experiments with them, recording of data and initial analysis. Specific tasks include:

  • Conduct experimental organoid culture activities such as organoid growth, quantifications, expansion and freezing
  • Perform experimental molecular biology work such as cloning, DNA/RNA/protein extraction and analysis
  • Microscopy: collect and prepare tissue and organoid samples (acquire data with confocal and spinning disc microscopes)
  • Lab organisation, ordering and indexing of materials, safety documentation, equipment maintenance.

Essential Qualifications
  • Research technician degree (MTA/BTA) or comparable qualification
  • Expertise with stem cell culture
  • Expertise with routine molecular biology techniques (e.g. cloning, DNA/RNA/protein extraction, Western Blots)
  • Expertise with confocal microscopy
  • Team player, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent level of written and spoken English

Desirable Qualities
  • Experience with CRISPR-Cas9-genome editing and genotyping
  • Expertise with FACS sorting
  • Expertise with electron microscopy
  • Expertise with basic imaging analysis (e.g. Fiji, Imaris)
  • Good level of written and spoken German

Our offer
  • We offer a diversified job in a young, scientifically oriented, international team in one of the most renowned research institutions worldwide;
  • Salary and social benefits will be in accordance with the applicable German tariff for employees in civil service (TVöD Bund) corresponding with qualification, experience and job responsibilities;
  • Attractive pension plan via VBL (Federal and State Government Employees' Retirement Fund);
  • Discounted job ticket (VVO) and good public transport connections;
  • Support for a positive work-life balance, including a proactive health programs and assistance with family/childcare matters.

The position is available as of 01.07.2024. The initial contract is for 2 years with the possibility of extension.

For initial enquiries regarding contract or compensation, please contact Brian von Rueden, Head of Human Resources, via hr(at) . For enquiries regarding specifics of the position, please contact Sandra Scharaw via scharaw(at) .

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We encourage you to submit your complete application by 07.06.2024 via our online application system stating Code 2024-TA-CellBiologyAging-2510.

The following materials should be included:

  • Cover letter indicating the motivation to join the Scharaw lab
  • CV including publications
  • Academic and professional certificates; contact details of approachable references

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

  • 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.
  • The Max Planck Society supports the compatibility of family and career and is certified according to the "berufundfamilie" (“job and family”) audit.
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