Technical Assistant (m/f/d)

Faculty of Physics - subproject "Molecular Origins" in the Cluster of Excellence "Origins of Life" (Origins) in the research group of Prof. Braun
Start date
as soon as possible
Application deadline
13 Aug 2021
Remuneration group
Depending on your qualifications, you will be graded according to TV-L.
Contract duration
The position is initially limited to two years, with the possibility of extension until the end of the funding of the Cluster of Excellence Origins.

The Cluster Origins, a cross-disciplinary network between particle physics, astrophysics and Origins of Life research, has establishing the ice, dust and sequencing laboratory (IDSL) to provide modern techniques of molecular analysis with ESI-TOF, MALDI and Orbitrap mass spectrometry, oligonucleotide synthesis, high throughput sequencing, calorimetry, kinetic NMR, gel electrophoresis, plotted microfluidics, 3D printing and basic low temperature experiments. The laboratory provides access to techniques which are otherwise hard to establish by individual labs. It acts as a crystallization point for experiments between different groups within the Origins Cluster Website and the CRC Emergence of Life Website. The position is funded by the Excellence Cluster Origins is funded by DFG starting Jan 2019 for the next seven years with a likely extension for another 7 years.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Technical management of the IDSL
  • Perform complex and difficult experiments using newly developed technologies, including molecular studies such as sequencing preparation for DNA and RNA, and synthesis and purification of oligonucleotides.
  • Installation, maintenance and support of all equipment in the laboratory, in particular high-resolution ion exchange ESI-Orbitrap mass spectrometry, an oligo synthesizer, a preparative HPLC
  • Relocation and installation of the existing mass spectrometry, mini cryostats for cryogenic experiments, and microfluidic platforms with precision optical 3D printers to new facilities
  • Maintenance of the IT structure for the storage of the mass spectrometer data
  • Online documentation of the laboratory infrastructure and laboratory safety protocols
  • Guidance and supervision of PhD students on the research equipment


  • Successfully completed training as MTA/BTA or in a comparable field of education
  • First work experience or practical experience from laboratory internships as well as in handling HPLC, oligosynthesizers and mass spectrometers desirable
  • Interest in independent operation and maintenance of an independent research laboratory infrastructure as well as the ability to optimize protocols
  • Foreign language skills in English, both written and spoken
  • Strong teamwork, coordination and organizational skills as well as interest in working with junior scientists with an interdisciplinary background


We offer you an interesting and responsible workplace with good opportunities for further training and development. Your workplace is centrally located in Munich and is easily accessible by public transport.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send your informative application documents in one PDF to E-Mail by 13.08.2021 at the latest.

Prof. Dieter Braun
Systems of Biophysics
Amalienstrasse 54
80799 Munich
Phone: +49 89 - 2180 1484

Further information can be found here.


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