Animal caretaker



Animal caretaker

Deadline: 31st January 2019

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The research unit Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes of the research division Marine Ecology is offering a position as

Animal caretaker

starting on 01.03.2019.

In the Junior Group “Parental investment and immune dynamics” we analyze basic evolutionary processes for the adaptation to life in the ocean. To do so, we use pipefishes and seahorses that have evolved male pregnancy as a unique reproduction strategy. We investigate changes in the immune system with male pregnancy evolution in experiments and by studying the molecular basis of pregnancy evolution. We further investigate host-parasite coevolution in a system with three interaction partners: pipefish-bacteria-bacteriophage. To do so, we conduct evolution experiments in the laboratory and infection experiments in aquaria systems and combine them with molecular analyses.
We breed several pipefish and seahorse species that we use for animal experimentation and laboratory analyses.

Job Description

  • Maintenance and construction of aquaria systems
  • Feeding and cultivation of marine fishes (pipefishes and seahorses)
  • Coordination of student assistants for feeding and cleaning of aquaria
  • Support in field work (pipefish catching via snorkeling)
  • Support of fish experiments
  • Ordering of aquaria material


  • Animal caretaker or related professional education
  • Profound knowledge of saltwater aquaria systems
  • Keeping and breeding of marine organisms, particularly fishes
  • Experience in planning and construction of aquaria systems
  • Good spoken and written English
  • Driving license
  • Prioritization of multiple tasks, reliability, teamwork
  • Experience with the registering of animal experimentation would be desired
  • Experience in marine food cultivation and water chemical testing would be desired
  • Willingness to work on some weekends/public holidays

The position is available for a funding period of three years. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E9a TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a half-time position The position cannot be split.

We offer a job that is covering a variety of tasks in a young and dynamic team that conducts research on a high international level. The position is financed by a starting grant of the European Research Commission (ERC) focusing on male pregnancy evolution (MALEPREG).

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.

GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application for this post including CV, certificates and two letters of reference via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "Tierpfleger_Pipefish” in the subject line. Please send your application not later than 31.01.2019 to the following email address:


As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all your application data will be removed according to data protection regulation.

For further information regarding the position and research unit please contact Dr. Olivia Roth (oroth(at) or visit our group homepage (

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit or

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