Biological-Technical Assistance (f/m/x)

The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ


February 5, 2022


The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

Starting from 1st April 2022 the department “Soil Ecology” offers following position as

Biological-Technical Assistance (f/m/x)

Working time: 100% (39 hours / week), position is initially limited to Dec 31st, 2022

Your tasks:

In connection with the platform “TrophinOak / PhytOakmeter” (https: // www. or www. with a special focus on in vitro propagation of oaks and their use under in vitro and ex vitro culture conditions for laboratory and field experiments we look for support in technical tasks. This also includes running of experiments on trophic interactions with surface or underground microorganisms or animals under controlled conditions. In addition to classic morphological and physiological analyzes also molecular biological analyzes will be performed in order to evaluate the experiments‘ results.

In detail:

  • In vitro propagation of higher plants (trees)
  • Maintenance of fungal cultures
  • Competence in the field of microbiological work
  • Biomolecular work in the field of extraction of nucleic acids, quality control, amplification with PCR, qRT-PCR, hybridizations with biochips
  • Planning and running of experiments and measurement campaigns in the field
  • Documentation of test procedures and results as well as recording in databases
  • Care of the relevant devices/technical equipment (e.g. plant culture chambers)
  • Performing and coordination of the general laboratory work (order and maintenance management, preparation of media and solutions, etc.)
  • Your profile:
  • Fully trained as a biological technical assistant (f/m/x) or an equivalent professional qualification, ideally with experience in the field of molecular biology / microbiology
  • Knowledge of plant tissue culture, in vitro propagation and adaptation to ex vitro conditions as well as knowledge of phytotronics are required
  • Sound knowledge and proficiency in the basics of molecular biological working methods as well as sterile work are required
  • Accurate and structured way of working in all laboratory activities
  • Keen perception, ability to work in a team, flexibility and reliability
  • Willingness to participate in field work / sampling for several days, also abroad
  • Computer skills in MC Office, especially the sound knowledge of „Excel“. Experience with programs in connection with the acquisition, processing and archiving of data as well as knowledge of statistics are preferable
  • Good spoken and written command of the English and German language
  • Driver's license category B
  • We offer:
  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams and excellent links with national and international research networks
  • A vibrant region with a high quality of life and a wide cultural offering for a balance between family and professional life
  • Interesting career opportunities and an extensive range of training and further education courses
  • Remuneration up to the TVöD public-sector pay grade 8 including attractive public-sector social security benefits
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