Technical assistant - plant molecular biology/biochemistry and microbiology

Jülich Research Centre (FZJ)

Jülich, Germany

Work group:

IBG-2 – Pflanzenwissenschaften



Area of research:

Technical staff



Job description:

Your Job:


Primary involvement in the molecular and microbiological experiments of the group: qPCR, DNA/RNA extraction, protein extraction, microorganism propagation, plant sterile culture Preparation of general stock solutions Routine biochemical analysis (e.g. protein or nutrient concentration determination in plant extracts) Help with greenhouse experiments on plants and/or plant-microorganism interactions (soil based and soil-less experiment setup, root and shoot harvest and phenotyping using invasive and non-invasive technologies) Whole plant measurements and fine sampling of plant tissues for molecular, biochemical, microbiological or microscopy analysis Support Laboratory safety standards within the Root Group and more broadly in the Institute Documention of data and analysis preparation Support of exchange students/trainees

Your Profile:


University degree in german Biotechnology (BSc) or comparable discipline with relevant professional knowledge and experience Proven understanding of basic chemical principles for preparation and maintenance of stock solutions, maintenance of primer stocks etc. Experience with growing plants and/or microorganisms controlling growth conditions, water and nutrients Fluent spoken English and good reading and writing English skills are a requirement due to implementation of internationally obtained scientific protocols and communication with international scientists Flexible and committed approach to working in research Ability to work in a team and independently Experience with plant image based analysis (e.g. WinRhizo for root image analysis, microscopy for anatomical and cell measurements) is a plus Desired: chemical analysis of biological tissues, including grinding small samples, conducting colourimetic assays, simple analysis of data

Our Offer:


A dynamic and international work environment in the immediate group that encourages wide and interactive engagement with the Institute and its multidisciplinary approaches Well-equipped lab spaces and cutting edge root and whole plant phenotyping facilities Possibilities for continuous development of your professional skills either through learning new methods or through campus-organized seminars for further development Exciting working environment on an attractive research campus with excellent infrastructure, located between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen Flexible working hours and various opportunities to reconcile work and private life The contract will initially by limited to 2 years with a possibility for a prolongation Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD)

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.



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Quote Reference: 2019-195

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