Biological Technical Assistance (f_m_x)

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national centre for geosphere research. As a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres we are part of the largest scientific organization in Germany. With approximately 1,300 employees our key mission is to secure a profound understanding of the systems and processes of solid Earth, to develop strategies and options for action in addressing global change and its impacts on a regional level, to understand natural hazards and to minimize associated risks, to ensure the sustainable provision of energy and raw materials for a high-tech society and to evaluate the influence of human activity on system Earth.
For section 3.5 Interface Geochemistry, which addresses questions related to inorganic and microbial processes at our Earth's surface, we are looking for a:

Biological Technical Assistance (f_m_x)

Reference Number 6302

We are looking for a Biological Technical Assistant with training in microbiological and biochemical analytical methods and willing to learn and apply various new, modern techniques for the characterization of microbial processes.

She/he will join a multidisciplinary, international and diverse team of researchers led by Liane G. Benning, who is very committed to fostering a fully inclusive research environment. Non-discrimination and equal treatment are integral parts of our group policy. 

To complete our team we are also looking for a Chemical Technical Assistant. You can find more information under the following job advertisement

Your responsibilities:

  • Support of the scientific staff in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology experiments
  • Sample preparation for and performance of analyses of natural and experimental microbial samples (e.g., DNA extractions, PCR amplifications and qPCR analyses)
  • Help with the maintenance of algal cell cultures
  • Preparation of reagents and solutions
  • Documentation of results and their evaluation according to specifications

Your qualifications:

  • Completed training as a biological technical assistant (equivalent to German BTA) or comparable training
  • Familiarity with working independently and sterilely under a safety workbench
  • Structured work while adhering to tight timelines
  • Good written and spoken English skills are required
  • Familiarity with MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) is a prerequisite
  • High degree of flexibility, independence and analytical quality standards
  • Willingness to work in a multinational research team

What we offer:

  • Ambitious and varied tasks in a dynamic and international research environment
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Public service benefits
  • Extensive training opportunities
  • Flexible working hours and conditions
  • Support with finding a good work-life balance offered by benefit@work
  • Institute day-care centre on site
  • Working at the Albert Einstein science park on the Telegrafenberg in Potsdam 
  • Work place within walking distance of Potsdam main train station, or just a short ride on the shuttle bus 

Start date:  15th October 2022
Fixed-term: 2 years (with possibility of extension)
Salary: The position is classed as salary group 6 according to “TVöD Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost)”. The salary group is determined on the basis of the Collective Wage Agreement and the respective personal qualifications.
Working hours: Full-time (currently 39 h/week); The position is generally suitable for part-time work.
Place of work: Potsdam

Have we piqued your interest?

If so, we look forward to receiving your application by 15th August 2022. Please use our online application form only.

Diversity and equal opportunities are integral components of our human resources policy. The GFZ actively promotes diversity and explicitly welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation and identity, religion/belief, age and physical characteristics. Anyone who has been recognized as severely disabled, will be given preferential consideration in the event of equal suitability and qualification in accordance with the provisions of the German Social Code IX. If you have any questions, please contact our representative for the severely disabled at sbv[at], who will be happy to assist you in the further application process. In case of further queries regarding gender equality, please do not hesitate to contact our Equal Opportunities Officer at gba[at]

Your personal data will be processed for the purpose of conducting the selection procedure on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 b, Art. 88 GDPR in conjunction with Art. 26 of the Data Protection Act for the State of Brandenburg. After completion of the procedure, application documents will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

In case of any further queries relating to the field of activity, please contact Liane G. Benning via email at If you have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms Buge under +49 (0)331-288-28787.

Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ

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Deadline: 2022-08-15
Location: Germany, Potsdam
Categories: Biological Technical Assistance, Biology, Biotechnology, Technical Background,


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