Student / Research Assistant

Einsatzort: Köln


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Student / Research Assistant

Stellenangebot vom 04.01.2018

The Max Planck Research Group "Evolutionary and Experimental Biology of Ageing" at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing has a position for a

Student / Research Assistant
(Job Code 01-2018)

The Research Group is headed by Dr. Dario Valenzano. The Valenzano Lab investigates the evolutionary genetic basis of vertebrate lifespan and ageing. Our main model system is the African turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri), which is the shortest lived vertebrate species bred in captivity. To identify the genomic regions associated with survival and ageing, and to study their evolution, we use a combination of approaches, including linkage mapping, transgenesis, population genetics on wild killifish populations, and computer simulations.

Our research environment

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 for the purpose of understanding fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing. It is part of a broad network of research institutions in the Cologne-Bonn area dedicated to research on ageing and age-related disease, constituting a vibrant and collaborative environment for research. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and excellent core facilities, to which the successful candidate would have access, the institute provides outstanding research opportunities for its scientists. The Institute hosts employees from 28 nations, and will grow to 350 members in the new building.

We are looking for a person who will cover fish husbandry over the weekends and holidays (8h/week). The remaining time (12h/week) will be spent performing genotyping and sorting fish embryos. To perform routine fish heath assessment, this person will need to receive FELASA B certification. We will provide the student with the necessary training to obtain this certification.

Your tasks

- feeding experimental fish
- hatching live fish food
- monitoring fish health status
- removing dead fish and preserve them for genetic analyses
- monitoring water filtration system parameters
- rinsing fish tanks and bringing them to the facility cleaning room
- genotyping of fish
- weekly collection and sorting of fish embryos
- keeping track of all the daily tasks on a log
- daily interaction with fish facility manager, animal care takers and scientists

The student needs to be enrolled at a German University (preferably in Biology or in any related studies) and have time to work 20 hours/week.

Your application

Please send your complete application to

The payment depends on your degree and will be paid on an hourly basis (€9.90 without Bachelor degree; €11.52 with Bachelor degree). The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

The website of the Institute of Biology of Ageing contains further information about the Institute and the Valenzano lab.

Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.

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