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Max Planck Insti­tute of Micro­struc­ture Phys­ics - Depart­ment of Nan­o­photon­ics, Integ­ra­tion, and Neural Tech­no­logy

The Max Planck Insti­tute of Micro­struc­ture Phys­ics, Halle, Ger­many, Depart­ment of Nan­o­photon­ics, Integ­ra­tion, and Neural Tech­no­logy is ini­ti­at­ing research pro­grams in devices and microsys­tems for future com­put­ing and brain activ­ity map­ping tech­no­lo­gies. We are launch­ing pro­grams in integ­rated photon­ics, AI accel­er­at­ors, implant­able brain probes, mini­ature micro­scopes, and 3D cell cul­tures. Our research crosses many bound­ar­ies, so our team mem­bers must have an open mind and a strong tech­nical found­a­tion that allow them to answer to new chal­lenges.

Our depart­ment has a mix of Ph.D. stu­dents, postdocs, sci­ent­ists, and staff from around the world. The work­ing lan­guage in the Insti­tute is Eng­lish. We are a hard­work­ing and sup­port­ive team.

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.

Neur­os­cience Lab Coordin­ator

GenTSV Pro­jektleiter, Opto­gen­et­ics and Optical Ima­ging

Work­ing field:

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 (i) A MS or PhD degree in a rel­ev­ant field; (ii) At least 3 years of exper­i­ence in the field of genetic engin­eer­ing, in par­tic­u­lar micro­bi­o­logy, cell bio­logy, vir­o­logy or molecu­lar bio­logy; (iii) 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

What 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

How to ap­ply:

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.