As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

The newly founded Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG) at the University of Leipzig is part of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and aims to uncover the molecular underpinnings of metabolic, obesity and vascular disorders to enable precision therapies. As one of the world’s leading research institutes, the Helmholtz Zentrum München is a highly driven and stimulating international environment. Together with renowned scientists and supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure, you will have the opportunity to make important contributions towards scientific knowledge and the improvement of people’s quality of life at our institue in Leipzig.

The Vascular Epigenetics group at the Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG) is now recruiting a

Technical Assistant BTA / MTA / MTLA in Leipzig (f/m/d) 2019/0347

The Vascular Epigenetics group, headed by Dr. Bilal Sheikh, elucidates the molecular mechanisms that underpin the complex interplay between metabolic, lifestyle and epigenetic factors. The group focuses on these themes in the context of vascular function and vascular disease. In close partnership with the Medical Faculty of the University Leipzig and the University Hospital Leipzig, we aim to translate our discoveries into effective therapies against vascular dysfunction in a variety of pathologies.

Your responsibilities

  • Manage and organize the research laboratory (e.g. documentation, protocols, ordering consumables, preparing stock solutions, helping prepare animal ethics applications).
  • Ensure smooth day-to-day operation of laboratory. 
  • Run well-planned and structured experiments together with other scientific staff.
  • Undertake genotyping, maintenance of mouse colonies, histology analyses, immunofluorescence staining and imaging, extraction of DNA / RNA / protein and maintenance of primary cell culture lines. 

Your Qualifications

  • Training as laboratory technician (BTA / MTA / MTLA) or equivalent qualification (e.g. Bachelor of Science) with work experience.
  • Good communication skills in German and English.
  • Strong motivation to contribute to the laboratory’s research, to work in an international environment with diverse colleagues and to learn new scientific skills.
  • Experience in histology, molecular biology techniques (cloning, western blot analyses, immunoprecipitation assays) and tissue culture.
  • Knowledge in confocal microscopy, preparation of next generation sequencing (NGS) libraries and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) would be beneficial.

What we offer

The HI-MAG as part of the Helmholtz Zentrum München offers a world-class, international and highly collaborative environment with extensive scientific resources. We provide you with a challenging and versatile workplace, allowing you the freedom to follow your instincts and be creative. With state-of-the-art infrastructure and personalized career-support, we prioritize your development and help you achieve your career goals.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (TV EntgO Bund).
The position is available from 01.02.2020 and is limited to two years with a possible extension.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. Applications from women are welcome. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

Curious? For administrative questions please contact Dr. Konstanze Julich-Gruner on +49 341 9715373, for scientific questions please contact Dr. Bilal Sheikh (bilal.sheikh@helmholtz-muenchen.de)

Interviews will be held in English.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application including a motivation letter, CV and at least 2 reference letters along with the contact details of referees until October 20th, 2019.

Dr. Bilal Sheikh

Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Helmholtz-Institut für Metabolismus-, Adipositas- und Gefäßforschung
Philipp-Rosenthal-Str. 27

04103 Leipzig

The Helmholtz Zentrum München is part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization. Altogether 40 000 people currently work in its 19 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers. The Association's annual budget amounts to around 4.7 billion Euros.