Student assistants (m/f/d) for weekend work in our insectary

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin

Type of Job

Animal Caretaker

Immunobiology and Infection Biology & Medicine

Job Code: 450-2023

Job offer from May 10, 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology (MPIIB) in Berlin-Mitte is an institution of the Max Planck Society for the advancement of science and is one of the leading research institutes in the field of immunology and infectious diseases. 

The Vector Biology Department is looking for two highly motivated students assistants (m/f/d) for weekend work in our insectary from 01.08.2023 or 01.09.2023

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Insectary:
    • Supervision and rearing of mosquito strains (Anopheles species):
    • Assisted guidance of the mosquito cycle from egg-laying to adult mosquito (Floating eggs and adding new egg dishes)
    • Splitting larval stages to optimal density
    • Ensuring fresh food of both larvae and adults 
    • General insectary cleaning and order maintenance

The very nature of the job requires high sense of responsibility and moderate to high physical activity and mobility in order to handle mosquito’s cultures and containers

  • Cell Culture:
    • Culturing of erythrocytic stages of Plasmodium falciparum (S2 level)

Essential requirements

The ideal candidate is a student in her/his early stages of a Bachelor degree in Biology, Medicine or any related subjects.

  • There will be given preference to the candidates with previous experience in cell culture work, preferable in Plasmodium cultures and/or human blood cells.
  • She or he must be available to work regularly on the weekends and on public holidays. 
  • Motivation to work regularly in an insectary and to become skilled at Anopheles- and Plasmodium-related techniques
  • Basic computer skills to handle electronic Lab notebook
  • Effective communication in English in both written and verbal forms
  • Flexibility and team work

Your application

If you are interested, please apply via e-mail by 15th June, 2023 to Frau Dr. Juliane Lippmann (Lab manager) ().

As an equal opportunity employer, the Max Planck Society is committed to employing more individuals with disabilities. We, therefore, encourage individuals with disabilities to apply. The Max Planck Society also strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Vector Biology
Elena A. Levashina
Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology
Charitéplatz 1
10117 Berlin

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