NINT - Cell Culture and Viral Vector Technician (m/f/d)

Job Code: MPI-Halle-CCVVT

Job Offer from October 04, 2019

Cell Culture and Viral Vector Technician

The Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany, Department of Nanophotonics, Integration, and Neural Technology, is recruiting one full-time Neuron Culture Technician to help set up and maintain a cell culture laboratory. Our new Department is initiating research programs to develop tools for measuring and controlling neuron activity to improve the interface between brain and machine.

We are currently building a new culture cell laboratory for neurons. The laboratories will be equipped with bio-safety cabinets and 3D bio-printers for construction of neuron networks. Microscopes and multi-electrode array will be used for monitoring neural activity.

Your tasks

  • Be responsible for the maintenance and electronic documentation of cell lines, primary cultures, mammalian cell cultures and adeno-associated virus (AAV)
  • Develop and design viral vectors for optogenetics and optical imaging experiments
  • Transfect cells with commercial or designed viral vectors
  • Maintain strict quality control for cultures and viral vectors
  • Maintain a safe and clean cell culture environment in accordance with bio-safety level SII
  • Maintain safe and efficient operation of the instrumentation and experimental setups in the laboratories
  • Train new students and scientists on protocols for cell cultures and preparation of viral vectors
  • Provide cell culture technical support to coworkers for their experiments
  • Be responsible for standard operation procedure (SOP) maintenance and development
  • Maintain an electronic inventory of equipment and consumable items
  • Restock consumables as needed and assist in organizing equipment repairs
  • Assist in the development of the neuron culture facility in the department

Your profile

  • You have at least 2 years of work experience in preparing and maintaining neuron cultures and have worked with AAV 
  • You are familiar with standard cell culture techniques such as media preparation, culture initiation, cell isolation, propagation, cryopreservation of cells, molecular biology, microscopy
  • You are familiar with AAV vector preparation from plasmids
  • You have experience with immunohistochemistry for verification of cell types
  • You are familiar with basic data analysis
  • You have computer skills to keep electronic records and maintain/use equipment
  • Experience with neuron cell recording (Ca2+ imaging or electrophysiology) is an asset
  • Prior experience in an academic research environment, such as working with students, postdoctoral fellows, is an asset
  • You enjoy working with others and excel in a fast-paced, highly dynamic, interdisciplinary and international environment
  • You have good communication skills in German and English

We offer

  • The opportunity to work at the forefront of scientific research with an incredible team of highly motivated people.
  • Remuneration and social benefits according to TVöD.
  • Fixed-term contract initially for 2 years, with the potential of extension.
  • Expected start date: Early 2020; negotiable.

Your application

Please send your resume with the names of two references as a single pdf file to, referencing MPI-Halle-CCVVT. The position will remain open until it is filled.

The Max Planck Society aims to employ more persons with disabilities and increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented; thus, applications from persons with disabilities and women are encouraged.

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