Biologisch-Technische Assistenz (d/m/w)

The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ
February 14, 2023
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The UFZ

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.

The job

The collaborative research project "Biological Soil Status Survey of German Forests" ("BBZE Wald") of the Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ funded by the FNR Forest Climate Fund aims to monitor the functional activity and microbial diversity of forest soils in Germany to gain a better process-based understanding of the contribution of forests and forest soils to balanced and sustainable biogeochemical cycles by integrating all biological and non-biological data. Within this joint project the Department of Soil Ecology of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ is in charge of the implementation of experiments to link the microbial pools (e.g. microbial C, N) with soil C flows and their determination by respiration, growth and enzymatic activity. Further task is the proceeding of the DNA extraction from soil and sequencing. For support in project technical tasks the "Soil Ecology" Department offers a position "Biological-Technical Assistant" (m/f/d) starting from 1sr April 2023:

Your tasks
  • Preparation and homogenization of soil samples by sieving;
  • Sample storage for DNA extraction;
  • Plan and carry out biochemical and molecular analyses:
  • Estimation of microbial C and N by chloroform fumigation-extraction technique;
  • Estimation of soil basal respiration by CO2 emission;
  • Estimation of microbial growth parameters by respiratory response to glucose;
  • Estimation of enzyme kinetics by fluorogenic substrates (β-glucosidase, β-1,4-N-acetylglucosaminidase, leucin-aminopeptidase, acid/alkaline phosphatases);
  • Assistance in isolation of microbial DNA;
  • Assistance in amplicon sequencing through PCR amplification and Illumina MiSeq-sequencing in a close collaboration with another biological- technical assistant working within this project as well
  • Documentation of the results;
  • Performing and coordination of the general laboratory work (orders, maintenance, preparation of chemicals and reagents, etc).
  • We offer
  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
  • 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 TVöD public-sector pay grade 7 including public-sector social security benefits
  • Your profile
  • Fully trained as a biological-technical assistant (d/m/w) or an equivalent professional qualification
  • Experience in lab work in the field of soil or environmental microbiology and/or molecular biology
  • Careful and structured way of working in all laboratory activities
  • Quick perceptiveness, ability to work in a team, flexibility and reliability
  • Basic computer skills, especially the sound knowledge of Excel
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary and international team
  • Good German and intermediate or good English language skills (spoken and written)
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