Biological-technical Assistant (m/w/d)



Biological-technical Assistant (m/w/d)

Deadline: 15th February 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

Biological-technical Assistant (m/w/d)

starting on 01.04.2019 or upon agreement.

In the Research Group "Parental investment and immune dynamics" we analyse 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 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. In the laboratory we use diverse microbiological and molecularbiological methods combined with next generation sequencing (NGS) for genome and transcriptome analyses. We also use immunological and developmental biological methods (histology, in situ hybridization, transgenesis) and genetic engineering (gene knock outs and knock ins over CRISPR/ cas9).

Job Description

  • Support of scientists, PhD students and students in their research
  • Molecular biological analyses (DNA & RNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, qRT PCR, Genexpression using Biomark Fluidigm, cloning, sequencing, library preparation for NGS sequencing
  • Microbiological analyses (isolation of bacteria, cultivation of bacteria, infection assays with phages and bacteria, evolution experiments with bacteria and phages)
  • Immunological methods (cell-line-cultivation, flow cytometry)
  • Developmental biological methods (in situ hybridization, microscopy, genetic engineering using CRISPR/ cas9)
  • Support in fish experiments and voluntary participation in fieldwork (snorkeling in the Baltic Sea)
  • Ordering of laboratory material


  • Biological technical assistant or related professional education
  • Profound knowledge of, and experience in methods in microbiology, molecular biology and developmental biology
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Multitasking and laboratory management in diverse tasks
  • Prioritization of multiple tasks, reliability, team player
  • Proficiency in oral and written English in scientific matters
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office
  • Experience in the field research is desirable
  • Driving license is desirable
  • Experience with fishes is desirable

The position is available for a funding period of three years. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class E9a TVoD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position can be split.
We offer a job covering a variety of tasks in a team that conducts research on a high international level. The position is embedded in a priority program of the German Science Foundation (DFG) focusing on rapid evolutionary adaptation. Your tasks will put you at the forefront of marine biology and evolutionary biology, which represent two key research areas in Kiel, close interaction with other groups in the Kiel environment can thus be expected.

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 in English or German via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "TA_Pipefish" in the subject line. Please send your application not later than 15.02.2019 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 (

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