The Max Planck Society is one of the leading research organisations in Europe. We offer challenging tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility and creative freedom in research laboratories, workshops, libraries, and administration.
The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research conducts basic research on plants using a wide variety of methods, in particular molecular genetics, genomics, imaging processes, computational biology, and biochemistry. Our goal is the deep and detailed understanding of plant biology in order to improve conventional breeding methods and to develop environmentally friendly crop protection strategies for crops. We focus primarily on the evolution of plants, their genetic blueprint, their development, and their interactions with the environment and microorganisms. How does the plant immune system react to plant pests, for example? How does flowering timing depend on seasonally changing day lengths? How does the genetic variability of crop plants influence adaptation to certain environmental influences? Plant biologists search for the molecular basis of natural diversity of forms in the laboratory, on the computer, in the greenhouse, or in the natural environment and thus make innovative contributions to plant breeding.
The Max Planck Genome Centre
at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne is seeking a
Scientist (m/f/div) or Engineer (m/f/div) in Genomics
to work in a state-of-the-art genomics, transcriptomics, and cell sorting service group providing its service to several Max Planck Institutes. The successful applicant is expected to implement new pipelines and protocols in next generation sequencing (NGS) using long- and short-read technologies (Pacific Biosciences, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Illumina) and to expand the method repertoire for low-input and single-cell applications. The applicant is expected to have strong communication skills and to be team oriented. We are looking for a candidate with wet lab experience and an enhanced interest in robotics and automation. Additional bioinformatic skills in e.g. high-throughput data analysis are a plus but not a prerequisite.
We offer a state-of-the-art scientific environment with the opportunity to develop and deepen skills in genomics and transcriptomics. We expect from the successful applicant to contribute innovative non-standard solutions to genomics- and transcriptomics-related questions.
Fluent written and spoken communication in English is essential, and German would be advantageous.
We seek a creative, flexible and highly motivated candidate with a PhD or MSc in the life sciences or a Biotechnologist who has prior experience in genomics. Experience working in a sequencing facility or other high-throughput service centre would be advantageous. The position is initially available for two years with a possibility of extension and with an approximate starting date of May 2023. Payment and benefits are according to German TVöD.
The Max Planck Society strives to employ more severely disabled people. Applications from severely disabled people are expressly encouraged.
Furthermore, the Max Planck Society wants to increase the proportion of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.
The Little Pumpkins Parents' Association offers childcare for children under the age of three at the MPIPZ.
It is possible to buy an attractively priced VRS bulk customer ticket and apply for a subsidy from the MPI.
If you are interested in working in a committed team, convince us now with your complete application documents, stating a possible starting date.
Please send your application
including CV and name of at least two academic referees as a single PDF through the online system, by latest 7th April 2023