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For the Department of Fish Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture of IGB in Berlin-Friedrichshagen at Lake Müggelsee we are inviting applications for the position of a technician supporting the investigation of sturgeon rearing and behavior under the impact of fisheries and navigation development, starting on 1 May 2024 or shortly thereafter and limited until 31 December 2026.

The work is carried out as part of a multidisciplinary, federally funded, project, HaffStör, which is assessing improved methods of production of fish for recovery measures and resulting conflicts between protected species with a focus on Baltic sturgeons in the Lower Oder and Szczecin Lagoon area. The project aims at the identification of means to improve the rearing practice to render fish fit for survival after release and the assessment of their behavior through telemetry and monitoring measures.

Your tasks

  • To support the rearing trials for early life stages of sturgeons under different rearing conditions in commercial settings
  • Support the assessment of effects of environmental impacts upon fitness in behavioral and physiological studies
  • Participate in tagging experiments
  • Support a monitoring program to assess the impact of the releases and to help discriminate between the impact between the origin of the fish
  • Collaborate with regional fisheries in collecting catch reports
  • Close collaboration with other working groups in the project

Your profile

  • Work experience (apprenticeship)  in fisheries, Bachelor degree in  biology, fisheries sciences, or a related field with focus on fish biology or aquatic ecology, or equivalent education is required
  • Practical experience with fish rearing, field work and in experimentation is required
  • Driving license, boating license are required
  • The will and ability to travel for the field work are essential
  • Experience in collaboration with practitioners is advantageous
  • Communication skills and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and
  • Excellent German and good English skills are requried, Polish language skills are advantageous

Our offer

We offer an interesting position in an international and dynamic scientific environment. The availability of the position depends upon the provision of funding (timing and amount). We foster flat hierarchies and active participation. We allow maximum individual freedom, enabling everyone to develop and use their creativity to the best of their abilities.

Salary is paid according to the German salary scheme for the public sector (TVöD Bund). It is a part-time position with (50 %). The position is funded through a fixed-term project, limited until December 31st, 2026.

We foster your career development by providing qualification and training opportunities. We actively support the reconciliation of work and family life.

The IGB is committed to diversity. We welcome every qualified application, regardless of sex and gender, origin, nationality, religion, belief, health and disabilities, age or sexual orientation. Disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude will be given preferential consideration.

Are you interested?

We look forward to receiving your application by 20 March 2024 with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, certificates, 2 references or contact data of two referees in a single file). Please state the job reference number 04/2024 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at

Questions can be directed to Dr. Jörn Geßner, head of the research group “Reintroduction of the Atlantic sturgeon to Germany”, by phone (+49 30 64181-626) or 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. 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.