Cryo-EM Facility Support Staff (m/f)

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried

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Type of Job


Cryo-EM Facility Support Staff

Job offer from November 24, 2017

The Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) in Martinsried is a leading international research facility in the field of biochemistry, cell and structure biology and biomedical research and, with around 35 scientific Departments and Research Groups and 850 employees in total, ranks among the largest Institutes of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science.

The institute houses state-of-the-art facilities and has a lively, highly international atmosphere.

We invit applications for a position as Cryo-EM Facility Support Staff.

The MPIB houses a high-end cryoEM facility equipped with several transmission electron microscopes, including a Titan Krios, a Talos Arctica, and a Titan Halo. Expressions of interest are sought for the role of a facility support staff member for structural cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) with a focus on single particle analysis. The primary responsibilities will be to assist the facility manager with facility operation and support the day-to-day work of the users of the facility. The post holder will be responsible for assisting users with data acquisition, helping with user training and troubleshooting of facility equipment, and generally assisting in preserving the smooth operation of the facility. This may also include advising users on experimental procedures, and engaging in ongoing projects at the institute.

Your profile

As a successful applicant you should have:

  • good communication and presentational skills and the ability to manage and interact with staff and facility users at all levels.
  • a PhD in the natural sciences or engineering.
  • extensive experience in the operation of transmission electron microscopes (TEMs) at best the operation of a cryo-TEM (experience with any FEI Tecnai and/or Titan microscope would be beneficial)
  • experience handling cryogenic samples and sample preparation for cryo-EM
  • skills in manual and/or automated image acquisition for single particle analysis and/or cryo-electron tomography

Additionally, experience in other aspects of cryoEM, such as image processing, is also of benefit.

We offer

The successful candidate will be offered excellent benefits and conditions of employment. The salary will be based on qualifications and the pay scale of the TVöD (public service tariff scale). Initially the contract will be offered for a 2 year period, with the possibility of becoming tenured.

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 and seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.


Please send your application as a single PDF document to before December 20th, 2017, being sure to include a CV and the contact details of two referees. Please also use the reference number 28.17 in the email subject line.

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