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The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) was founded in 1817 and represents one of the most relevant institutions investigating nature and its diversity. Currently, over 800 scientists from more than 40 countries across 11 locations in Germany conduct research in the fields of biodiversity, earth system analysis and climate change. The head office of Senckenberg is Frankfurt am Main together with the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt.

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Ref.#08-22002 Technical Assistant (m/f/d)

Job announcement – ref. #08-22002

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) was founded in 1817 and is one of the most important research institutions around biological diversity. At its eleven sites throughout Germany, scientists from over 40 nations conduct cutting-edge research on an international scale.

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main is looking for the following person for its site in Görlitz “Senckenberg Museum of Natural History” within the LOEWE Center for Translational Biodiversity Genomics, Subproject Metagenomic Monitoring of Soil Communities for the next possible date.


Technical Assistant (m/f/d)




These are your challenges:

  • Selection of soil zoological samples at the microscope, including sorting into large groups (mainly Oribatida, Collembola, Nematoda).
  • Establishment and maintenance of new cultures of soil animals
  • Handling and measuring of soil animals
  • Preparation and execution of field work and extractions
  • Molecular biological work (DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing) and (further) development of methods for non-destructive extraction of high-quality DNA from single individuals of very small soil animal species
  • Organization and consolidation of extensive data on location, sampling methodology, DNA extraction and sequencing, etc.
  • Extension and maintenance of the voucher collection
  • Communication in an international working group


Your profile:

  • Completed vocational training as a biological technical assistant (m/f/d), biology laboratory technician (m/f/d) with state recognition or comparable qualification with several years of professional experience
  • Interest in working with microscopic animals, especially soil animals
  • Extensive experience and competence to perform persistent microscopic work, ability to perform precise fine work
  • Very good knowledge of molecular biology as well as extensive experience with molecular work
  • good IT skills (MS Office, databases)
  • Ability to work in a team, diligence, motivation and commitment as well as independently is required
  • Technical documentation of the results achieved, e.g. preparation of technical reports
  • Class B driver’s license (car)
  • Very good written and spoken English


This is what you can expect:

  • an attractive and challenging job in a motivated team
  • independent action in an international and professional environment
  • flexible working hours – family-friendly working conditions (certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”) – open and collegial environment – Senckenberg badge in connection with free admission to all Senckenberg museums – special annual payment (according to TV-L) – company pension scheme


Location: Görlitz

Scope of employment: full-time (40 hours/week)

Type of contract: limited until 31.12.2024

Remuneration:  according to the collective agreement TV-L (pay grade E 6 – E 7)


Senckenberg promotes professional equality between men and women and is certified by the “audit berufundfamilie”. Suitable female candidates are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Severely disabled applicants (m/f/d) will be given special preference in case of equal suitability. Compliance with the regulations of the law on part-time work is guaranteed.


You would like to apply?

Then please send your complete and meaningful application documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, training and work references) until 06 April 2022 to, quoting the job reference number #08-22002, or apply directly on our homepage using the online application form.


For further information please contact Dr. Ricarda Lehmitz.

E-Mail:, Tel. 03581 / 4760-5570.