Laboratory Technician (m/f/d)

The Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar) in Bonn, Germany, is a neuroethology institute focusing on the neural mechanisms underlying animal behavior. caesar is closely associated with the Max Planck Society and shares its scientific principles. caesar’s research is interdisciplinary with scientists from various research areas working together on the topics of cellular signal processing and the neural foundations of behavior. This ranges from studying the behavior of single-cell organisms to studying one of the key questions of neuroscience: how does neuronal activity give rise to complex and goal-directed behaviour?

We are currently looking for a

laboratory technician (m/f/d)

(full time at 38,5 hours/week)

to join our newly installed Max Planck Research Group “Neural Information Flow”, headed by Dr. Monika Scholz. The employment will start from October 1st 2019 for an initial period of two years with the possibility of extension.

Job description

  • We are using the roundworm C. elegans to understand how nervous systems coordinate multiple behaviors using foraging as a relevant example.
  • You will generate and test transgenics to label neuron subclasses in the pharynx of the worm.
  • You will be responsible for lab upkeep including animal maintenance, media preparation and strain storage (10-15 h/week).
  • You will have the opportunity to lead or collaborate in an original research project in the lab.

Your profile

  • Successfully completed education as technical assistant, laboratory technician (Laborant) or bachelor studies, all in a relevant discipline, e.g. Neuroscience, Biophysics or a related subject.
  • Prior experience with molecular biology, cloning, microinjection and light microscopy is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent spoken and written English, basic knowledge of the German language is a plus.
  • A reliable and independent worker with demonstrable analytical and conceptual thinking.
  • Precision and attention to detail and the ability to organize and prioritize your tasks and to work as part of a team.

We offer:

  • An international and collaborative environment in a stimulating scientific institute and a new laboratory with state-of-the art equipment.
  • For candidates with an undergraduate degree, the ability to lead an original research project in preparation for graduate studies.
  • A salary commensurate with the work.
  • Outstanding employee benefits, a family-friendly culture at the institute and flexible working hours.
  • Opportunities for further training.

caesar is committed to diversity and inclusion and is aiming to increase the percentage of women in areas where they are under-represented. We therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. Handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status. In addition, the Research Center strives for gender equality and diversity. We welcome applications from any background.

Please submit your application via email only by July 15th 2019 to Dr. Monika Scholz, e-mail:

For further information please contact:

Dr. Christoph Geisen
Scientific Coordinator