Zebrafish and Amphibian Facility Manager

Associated Institute - Research Center caesar (center of advanced european studies and research), Bonn

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Type of Job


Zebrafish and Amphibian Facility Manager

Job Offer from August 09, 2017

The Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar) is a Neuroscience research institute associated with the Max Planck Society and is located in Bonn. 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 behavior?

We are currently looking for a Zebrafish and Amphibian Facility Manager.

You will

  • oversee the setup and daily operation of a new aquatic facility in the Department of Computational Neuroethology
  • maintain breeding colonies of zebrafish (Dario rerio) and frogs (Xenopus tropicalis)
  • oversee the generation of novel transgenic lines and analyse mutant phenotypes using microscopy
  • provide routine technical support, such as preparing standard media and chemical solutions
  • perform basic molecular biology experiments, including PCR, DNA prep, and cloning
  • read literature and consult with supervisor concerning implementation of new procedures
  • work closely with laboratory staff, following laboratory procedures and protocols
  • assist preparation of animal welfare documents in German
  • document and report experimental results

We expect

  • a Master’s degree (MS or higher) in neurobiology or a related biomedical field
  • at least 2 years experience working in or managing an aquatic facility
  • prior experience with zebrafish and/or amphibian husbandry strongly preferred (ideally both)
  • demonstrated experience successfully generating transgenic animal lines
  • excellent spoken and written German and English
  • a reliable and independent worker with demonstrable analytical and conceptual thinking
  • precision and attention to detail
  • the ability to organize and prioritize work and to work as part of a team

We offer

  • an interesting position in an interdisciplinary research group employing state-of-the-art methods to understand the nervous system and animal behavior
  • a salary commensurate with the work
  • outstanding employee benefits, a family-friendly culture at the Institute, flexible working hours
  • opportunities for further training

The position will initially be for 2 years with the possibility of extension. 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.

Your application

Please submit your application in English through our job portal. Closing date for applications: September 15, 2017.

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr. Kevin Briggman, phone +49(0)228/9656-101,

caesar is certified in accordance with the berufundfamilie audit.

Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 2 
53175 Bonn

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