Research technician in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Research technician in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Research technician in Molecular Biology and Genetics
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication Group

A research technician is sought to join the Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication (NVC) Group investigating the genetic and molecular underpinnings of speech, language and vocal learning at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands).

Job description
Under the supervision of the group leader, Dr. Sonja Vernes, the successful candidate will provide support to the lab members on projects investigating links between genes and vocal communication by performing molecular genetic techniques as well as being responsible for some organizational tasks and housekeeping of the lab. The position will cover a range of techniques such as PCR, cloning, cell culture and histology. Importantly, expertise is not required for all these techniques. As we have strong expertise in-house, we will provide ample training opportunities and we are looking for a candidate who is motivated to learn new skills.
Good organizational and record keeping skills are essential and together with enthusiasm and strong motivation to learn new skills constitute the ideal profile to join this young and dynamic research group.

Applicants should have a degree (BSc, HLO etc.) in a related field such as biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, bio-medical science, or similar. Previous professional experience is not a requirement, so we encourage early career stage and recent graduates to apply.
We are an international lab and all research and interactions are conducted in English. International applicants are welcome to apply.

Conditions of employment
The position is expected to be available from ~April 2019 onwards, with some flexibility on start date. The term of appointment will initially be for 1.6 years, but there may be possibility for extension beyond this. The position is full time, but applicants wishing to hold a part time (minimum 0.6 FTE) position will be considered.
The salary is according to the German TVöD (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst) and is classified in salary group E09b (Starting salary: EUR 38,259 – EUR 41,430 p.a. based on a full time employment).

The MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen is the only research institute in the world entirely devoted to the study of language. Our goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types. We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. We are part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.
The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunities employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly welcomed.
More information on our research can be found on our website:

Application procedure
Applications should include:
(i) a brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and why you are a good match for this position (max. 1 page)
(ii) an up to date CV
(iii) the names and email addresses of two referees
Send applications to Ms. Evelyn Veen (Secretary to Dr. S Vernes):
via e-mail:
(please use the subject line: Application for technician position – 2019)
Should you require more information about the positions, please contact us at the above email address.
Deadline for applications is 28th February 2019, or until the position is filled.


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Research technician in Molecular Biology and Genetics