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The research group “Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics” at the Department of Evolutionary and Integrative Ecology of IGB in Berlin-Friedrichshagen at Lake Müggelsee is inviting applications for the position of Technician in protozoan diversity (via taxonomy and eDNA sequencing) for an immediate start. We are seeking a highly motivated person to contribute to conducting high-quality science.

The position will join and support a larger project addressing fundamental questions in eco-evolutionary dynamics using freshwater ciliates as an experimental model system and contribute to a diverse set of tasks including field sampling focusing on protozoan diversity, identification of ciliates and conducting experiments. We provide an attractive work environment in an international team, with many opportunities for exciting field work and excellent equipment. 

Your tasks

  • Maintain a large collection of ciliate cultures and set up new cultures
  • Contribute to experiments and conduct independent experiments with ciliates
  • Identify ciliates to species level from freshwater pond samples 
  • Sample freshwater ponds
  • Prepare field samples for DNA sequencing to assess protozoan and ciliate diversity in urban ponds
  • Perform first steps of library preparation for DNA sequencing
  • Set up reference genomes of lab cultures and dominant field species
  • Organize and take care of the lab environment

Your profile

  • Completed training as a biological, chemical or medical-technical assistant (BTA/CTA/MTA) or a comparable qualification
  • Experience with sequencing approaches
  • Experience with taxonomic identification of protozoan preferred
  • Experience with culturing of micro-organisms (such as plankton or protozoan) preferred
  • Experience with field sampling of plankton and protozoan preferred
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Great communication skills
  • The working language of the group is English, suitable reading, writing and speaking skills are required

Our offer

We offer an interesting position in an international and dynamic scientific environment. We foster flat hierarchies and active participation.

Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (E9a; TVöD Bund). It is a full-time position with 39h working hours per week. The position is limited to 2 years. 

The IGB is committed to diversity. We welcome every application, regardless of gender and gender identity, origin, nationality, religion, belief, health and physical disabilities, age or sexual orientation.

We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life. Applicants are treated equally regardless of gender. Qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application including cover letter, CV, certificates and references by 20.03.2023. Please state the job reference number 17/2023 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at

Questions can be directed to Dr. Lynn Govaert by e-mail (


"Research for the future of our freshwaters" is the mission of IGB – Germany’s largest and one of the leading international centres for freshwater research. In order to investigate different aspects of freshwater ecosystems, their biota and societal relevance, we unit a wide range of disciplines and understand research as a joint effort. We train undergraduate and graduate students, promote young researchers at early career stages, and support the professional development of our employees in all areas. We foster an atmosphere that promotes diversity as well as family-friendly conditions. With more than 350 employees and guests from all over the world, we conduct research at five locations in Berlin and at Lake Stechlin (Brandenburg). IGB is a member of the German Leibniz Association and the Forschungsverbund Berlin e. V.