Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Technician/Technical Assistant

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Vienna, Austria

The laboratory of Dr. Tachibana, Director of the Department of Totipotency at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) and group leader at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) has two open positions for talented technical assistants (TA) to join the team. The focus of the Totipotency Department is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the start of life in single-cell embryos (see: The laboratory is currently located at the IMBA, Vienna, Austria, and will relocate to the MPIB in Martinsried, Germany, in 2021.


Successful applicants will work closely with researchers on projects using micromanipulation techniques and live-cell imaging of early mouse embryos. Requirements include:

  • Strong expertise in microinjection of oocytes or embryos is essential
  • Completion of a professional training as a Technical Assistant (BTA/MTA/CTA) or an equivalent qualification is advantageous
  • Experience in mouse colony management is advantageous
  • Ability to work as part of team
  • Good organizational skills
  • Fluency in English

We offer

Both the IMBA and the MPIB are vibrant research institutes that offer a stimulating environment and international networking possibilities. The offered positions are fully funded by an ERC grant for two years with the possibility of extension. The salary will be based on previous experience and successful candidates will also benefit from opportunities for additional training.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Application process

An1 application must contain the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A complete CV including publications
  • Contact details of at least 2 referees including the last employer

The application is to be submitted as a single, merged pdf filed entitled with Surname_applicationdate_technicalassistant to

The position will be available from the 1st of February 2020. Applicants will be contacted for interviews on a first come, first serve basis.


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Technician/Technical Assistant