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The research group ‘Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics’ at the Department of Evolutionary and Integrative Ecology of IGB located in Berlin-Friedrichshagen at Lake Müggelsee is looking for a student assistant to contribute to morphological identification of protozoan field samples from ponds in Berlin starting earliest from 15/09/2024, initially with a contract of three months, but with the possibility of prolonging the contract up to one year.

The position is embedded within a larger project focusing on biodiversity changes to urban pollution in Berlin. You will learn unique skills regarding preparation of identification samples and morphological identification of ciliates. The position is part of a larger group within IGB, and the student will get the opportunity to interact with IGB scientists within and beyond the host group. The work can be combined with a master's research project or master's thesis.

Your tasks

  • Preparation of identification samples (e.g., quantitative protagol staining, ...)
  • Morphological identification of stained ciliates via microscopy
  • Support protozoan culture maintenance

Your profile

  • Master student in Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology or related field
  • Experience with general laboratory work and working in fume hood
  • Experience with microscope is an advantage
  • High reliability and diligence
  • Eye for detail
  • Highly motivated
  • Being comfortable to communicate in English

Our offer

We offer an interesting student position in an international and dynamic scientific environment. We foster flat hierarchies and active participation. We allow individual freedom, enabling everyone to develop and use their creativity to the best of their abilities to conduct the requested tasks.

The position will be paid with 13,69€ per hour. It is a part-time position with a maximum up to 19h/week - depending on your availability. We foster a flexible schedule with working time that can be spread over 3-5 days, depending on your availability. The position is available initially from 15.09.2024.

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 are very much looking forward to receiving your application as soon as possible, the position will be held open until a suitable candidate has been found. Please send a cover letter addressing your experiences and reflections to the issues listed in ‘Your profile’, a short 1-page CV, and a proof of student status. Please state the job reference number 26/2024 and apply exclusively via our recruitment platform at

Questions can be directed to 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. 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.