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Position available - Laboratory Manager, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

9 May 2023 11:22 PM | Anonymous

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology unites scientists with various backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) whose aim is to investigate the history of humankind from an interdisciplinary perspective with the help of comparative analyses of genes, cultures, cognitive abilities, languages and social systems of past and present human populations as well as those of primates closely related to human beings.

We are looking for an experienced lab manager (f/m/d, full-time or part-time) to support wet lab research and wet lab-field site coordination in the Department of Primate Behavior and Evolution.

Your tasks
You will support the scientific staff of the Department in tasks related to wet lab management and data generation. The labs in the Department of Primate Behavior and Evolution encompass work in molecular ecology, functional genomics, and cell culture-based experimentation, both in Leipzig and in the field. The lab manager will help coordinate activities, space use, and equipment across these groups; contribute to molecular genetic/genomic data generation; help organize experimental and lab safety protocols; and manage sample archiving and tracking, including contributing to biological sample permitting, import, and export. You will report directly to department Director Professor Jenny Tung. You will also contribute significantly to departmental lab organization and purchasing for work in Leipzig and at departmental field sites, and may support student training in molecular techniques.

Your profile
We expect a committed, collaborative, and detail-oriented person who enjoys providing expert support for scientific projects and takes the lead within a collaborative team of technicians and PIs. Duties include learning and executing new lab techniques, managing extensive sample archives, and coordinating research activities between the field and the lab. The ideal candidate will have previous wet lab management experience and experience with DNA and RNA extraction, high-throughput sequencing library preparation and other molecular genetic techniques, mammalian cell culture, and development and optimization of wet lab protocols. The ideal candidate will also have experience coordinating complex sample shipments, managing lab supply, equipment, and biological sample inventories, and monitoring lab safety requirements and compliance.

We require a completed university education (B.Sc., B.A., M.Sc., M.A.), or demonstration of comparable training and corresponding professional experience and skills. In addition, we require you to be fully conversant with the MS Office package, have excellent written and spoken mastery of English, and have strong communication skills. Other important traits include the ability to work independently, the ability to multi-task, and a strong work ethic in a fast-paced environment. Attention to detail and careful record keeping are essential.

Our offer
We offer a stimulating job in a young, scientifically oriented international team. The Max Planck Society offers its employees a comprehensive training program and social benefits in accordance with the regulations of the public service.

The position is available from June 2023, though an earlier or later start may be negotiated. The position is initially limited to 2 years. Following that, a permanent contract is possible, subject to a successful review. The position is funded according to the collective agreement of the public service (TVöD Bund).

Your application
Please apply online (see link below). Only complete submissions via this link will be taken into consideration.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing individuals with disabilities and especially encourages them to apply. Additionally, we seek to increase diversity of our workforce in areas where it is underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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We look forward to receiving your completed online application.

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