Student Research Assistant (f/m)

Job Offer from August 20, 2018

The Max Planck Research Group "Sleep and Waking" at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry is looking for a

Student Research Assistant (f/m)
(Code Number 23-18)

to help with C. elegans experiments such as maintenance, storage and crossing. Other duties are the performance of basic genetic laboratory methods (e.g. PCR, gel electrophoresis, cloning) and data analysis. The position is to be filled by September or October 2018.

Sleep is essential for the life of all animals and we feel bad if we don't get enough sleep. Because of its importance, sleep is tightly controlled. Our group is working on the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms underlying sleep using the model systems C. elegans and mice. The nematode is a great model system for molecular neurobiology due to its fast generation time, amenability to genetics, small and invariant nervous system, and transparency allowing functional imaging and optogenetics. Despite its simplicity, molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms of sleep control are conserved in this system.

Candidates should be enrolled Bachelor or Master students at the Göttingen University in the field of life sciences. Experiences in the above mentioned methods or general life science laboratory work is recommended but not mandatory.

Payment will be €11,79 per hour for students with a bachelor degree and €10,14 per hour without a bachelor degree. Students at any stage of education are encouraged to apply. Matriculation at a German university is required.

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.

Interested students should submit an application that includes a CV and the graduation diploma (if applicable) as well as a copy of the matriculation certificate preferably as one single PDF file via e-mail with reference “student assistant” to


Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Research Group "Sleep and Waking"
Am Fassberg 11
37077 Göttingen


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