NINT - Neuroscience Lab Coordinator: GenTSV Projektleiter, Optogenetics and Optical Imaging (m/f/d)

Job Code: MPI-Halle-NLC

Job Offer from January 14, 2020

Neuroscience Lab Coordinator: GenTSV Projektleiter, Optogenetics and Optical Imaging (m/f/d)

The Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany, Department of Nanophotonics, Integration, and Neural Technology, is recruiting one full-time Neuroscience Lab Coordinator to set up and operate a laboratory for neural cultures, optogenetics, and functional optical imaging. The Lab Coordinator will also provide hands-on assistance to our research in nano-tools for measuring and controlling neuron activity and brain-machine interfaces. 

We are currently building new laboratories suitable for testing nanotechnology-enabled neurotechnologies. The laboratories will be equipped with 2-photon microscopes, multi-electrode arrays, and neurobiology instruments.

Since we will conduct experiments using optogenetics and genetically-encoded calcium and voltage indicators, our neurobiology labs are classified as genetic engineering (Gentechnik) facilities. The labs are being built to meet S2 biosafety requirements.

Your tasks

  • Serve as the Project Leader (Projektleiter nach §15 GenTSV) for lab facilities and experiments with genetic engineering designation
  • Be responsible for the planning, certification, and safe operation of neurobiology facilities at the Institute
  • Establish, maintain, and coordinate exchange with local authorities
  • Develop “Betriebsanweisungen” (operational procedures) and other required documents for coworkers and the relevant authorities
  • Establish and maintain mouse colonies at a nearby animal facility
  • Plan and perform surgeries on mice for acute brain implants and to extract and prepare tissues for primary neural cultures
  • Obtain/make and maintain viral vectors for optogenetic actuators and genetically encoded indicators
  • Transfect cell cultures and animals for optogenetics and imaging experiments
  • Train coworkers and provide assistance to their experiments
  • Develop an electronic inventory of cell lines, cell cultures, viral vectors, equipment, and consumable items

Your profile

  • You meet the requirements to serve as the Project Leader (Projektleiter) for a genetic engineering facility in accordance to §15 GenTSV
    • You have a MS or PhD degree in a relevant field
    • At least 3 years of experience in the field of genetic engineering, in particular microbiology, cell biology, virology or molecular biology
    • Have or will be able to earn a certificate of attendance at a training event recognized by the responsible state authority
  • You have conducted in vivo and/or in vitro optical functional imaging and/or electrophysiology experiments with mice
  • You have prepared AAV vectors from plasmids for optogenetic actuators and genetically encoded indicators
  • You are familiar with cell culture techniques, such as media preparation, culture initiation, cell isolation, propagation, cryopreservation, molecular biology, microscopy, and cell-type verification with immunohistochemistry
  • Prior experience in an academic research environment, such as working with students, postdoctoral fellows, is an asset
  • You enjoy helping others and you excel in a 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 interdisciplinary scientific research with an incredible team of highly motivated people
  • Remuneration and social benefits, depending on education and prior experience, according to TVöD
  • Fixed-term contract initially for 2 years, with the potential of extension
  • Start date: April 2020 at the earliest; negotiable

Your application

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