Biological technician

The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC) in Mülheim an der Ruhr studies fundamental chemical processes for energy storage in chemical molecules. The research group of Prof. Thomas Wiegand at the MPI CEC and the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen is looking for an enthusiastic

Biological technician (m/f/d)

The temporary position is open from June 2022, part-time recruitment (minimum 50 %) is possible.


We study catalytic processes in biology and chemistry by magnetic-resonance spectroscopy. We are employing and developing solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) approaches to unravel catalytic reactions (e.g. hydrogenation reactions), self-assembly phenomena in the context of phase separation and protein-nucleic acid interactions for instance in motor proteins fuelled by ATP hydrolysis. A central research theme is the analysis of weak chemical interactions at the heart of molecular recognition events, particularly non-covalent ones, using fast Magic-Angle Spinning (MAS) NMR. The lab located at the Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University is equipped with NMR spectrometers up to 700 MHz and MAS experiments up to 100 kHz. Our vision is to develop unified concepts in catalysis bridging the gap between biology and chemistry.

Work description

We are searching for a biological technician managing our biochemistry laboratory. Your tasks include organizing the biochemistry laboratory (e.g. purchasing material), maintaining the equipment, expressing and purifying proteins we are working with, as well as assisting PhD students and Postdocs during practical work. You are also responsible for the safety in the laboratory. In 2023, we will become access to an entirely renovated biochemistry laboratory, which you will setup and manage in the future.


Successful applicants should have a degree as a state-certified technician in the field of biotechnology, chemical engineering (or comparable). Knowledge in the field of occupational safety, health protection and environmental protection is an advantage.

Our offer

We offer an international, dynamic working environment in a renowned research institute, family-friendly jobs and flexible working hours. Remuneration is according to TVöD (federal government), in line with your qualifications and professional experience. In addition, the usual social benefits of the public service (federal service) are granted.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

If you are interested in working on challenging interdisciplinary projects in structural biology and materials science, please send your complete application with the reference code TW011 until the 20th of May, 2022 by e-mail to


Your application should contain a curriculum vitae (CV) and the names of two professional references whom we may contact. We are looking forward to getting to know you!


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