Chemistry Technician (f/m/d)

Einsatzort: Jena


Art der Stelle

Chemistry Technician (f/m/d)

Stellenangebot vom 12.02.2019

The Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History draws upon field and laboratory approaches in archaeology to undertake cutting-edge research into our species’ past. Our active and growing department seeks a Chemistry Technician (f/m/d) to begin 1st of April 2019 (or as soon as possible thereafter), and running for two years, with the possibility of extension.

We seek a candidate who is keen to assist in the day-to-day operation of the Department’s palaeoproteomics, peptide mass fingerprinting (ZooMS), and biochemistry laboratories, and participate in ambitious projects requiring the development and application of new protocols and high sample throughput. Candidates should present a willingness to work diligently, be part of an international team of researchers, meet deadlines, produce results, write reports, and aid students and researchers in the laboratory.

Candidates should have a strong record of experience in working within an active molecular biology and/or biochemistry research laboratory.

Your tasks:

  • Together with our lab team assist in day-to-day operations in our laboratories for palaeoproteomics, ZooMS, biochemistry and 14C dating preparation.
  • Pretreat archaeological samples for protein analyses, and bulk and compound specific isotopic analysis, as well as pretreat samples for 14C dating.
  • Purchase consumables and equipment.
  • Develop and test new protocols for the extraction and purification of proteins from different types of archaeological materials, such as bone, teeth, shells, pottery and plant remains.
  • Support PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers in developing lab skills.

Qualifications for the position include:


  • Knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology, ideally with a strong background in proteomics and/or isotopic research.
  • Successful completion of studies or training as a lab technician or equivalent.
  • Experience in a research/academic environment.
  • Experience in running a lab (e.g., purchasing consumables and equipment, maintainance of equipment).
  • Commitment and demonstrable ability and interest in teaching and supporting PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in lab work.
  • Strong knowledge of both written and spoken English.


  • Commitment and demonstrated responsibility while working with unique and irreplaceable ancient samples.
  • Interest in archaeology and human history.
  • Significant interest in data quality assurance and best laboratory practices.
  • Strong knowledge of written and spoken German.

We offer a dynamic job in a competitive and stimulating international research environment. Remuneration will follow the public service pay scale (TVöD), according to qualification and experience. In addition, social benefits are paid according to the regulations of the Civil Service. The full-time position is initially for two years with the possibility of extension.

How to apply

Please submit your application as a single pdf file in English, consisting of a letter of motivation and your CV by February 28th, 2019. Please also list three referees that we can contact for references.

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society also seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

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