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The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) is an excellent and integrated research museum of the Leibniz Association with an international reputation and globally connected research infrastructure. MfN is active in three closely interlinked fields: collection-based research, collection development, and research-based public and educational outreach. Over the next ten years, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin will build up a science campus for nature and society in the centre of Berlin as science hub, together with the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. New laboratories and workplaces for cutting-edge research will be established. One of the world's most comprehensive natural history collections with over 30 million objects will be housed in state of the art buildings as well as fully digitized. The implementation of the so-called Zukunftsplan (future plan), funded with a total of 660 million euros from the Federal Government and the State of Berlin, strongly relies on interdisciplinary national and international partners. Become part of our team as

Position: 2 technicians biodiversity discovery methods (m/f/d)
work schedule: full-time
Duration: at the earliest possible date for a period of 12 months
Entgeltgruppe: E 9a TV-L
reference number: 92/2021

Responsibilities:

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin has an internationally visible „Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery“. It will meet the scientific and societal challenges arising from rapid worldwide ecosystem change, not least the global biodiversity crisis, and capitalise on the chances and innovations from biodiversity. The center will develop new scientific approaches to the study of biodiversity that will contribute to a more efficient and significantly faster global biodiversity inventory. At the same time it will enable high-quality taxonomic research on extinct and recent organisms and develop targeted knowledge products for various user groups.

We are seeking two talented and motivated technicians (f/m/d) with a focus on applying methods for high throughput biodiversity discovery at the “Center for Integrative Biodiversity Discovery” at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science. We expect candidates to take an interest into the entire process of semi-automated species discovery. Methods range from sorting robots for bulk samples of arthropods via DNA isolation and/or PCR as well as the preparation of libraries for NGS with Illumina and Nanopore sequencers. Some of the tasks are illustrated in the following videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1WowokomhQJRc71FmsUAcg, but you will also be involved in developing new ways to automate these tasks. A short introduction into some of the goals of the work can be obtained here: https://www.science.org/news/2021/06/artificial-intelligence-could-help-biologists-classify-world-s-tiny-creatures. Your tasks will also include data analysis and integration of the samples into the museum’s research collection. Active participation in public science activities related to biodiversity discovery are welcomed.

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin provides an excellent research environment. It houses state-of-the-art laboratories for morphology (including histology, imaging, SEM, and µCT labs), molecular genetics/genomics and computation. Numerous research groups are working in a wide range of research fields including population genetics, phylogenetics, developmental and evolutionary genetics, and taxonomy. Our world-class zoological collections provide unique access to specimens collected over the last 200+ years.

Requirements:

Certified biological technician (BTA) or equivalent experience gained through a degree in biology (BSc or above). Candidates must show an interest in the principles of biological systematics/taxonomy. We are looking for experience in molecular genetics methods, especially with PCR and NGS library preparation as well as handling sequence data. The successful candidate will work interdisciplinarily in Germany’s largest natural history museum; excellent teamwork and communication skills as well as a high level of intercultural competence are a must.

    Special Notes:

    In support of equal rights applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals will be given preference in cases of identical qualifications.

    We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates) by 31.01.2022, preferably via our online application portal.
    For information on the application procedure, please contact recruiting@mfn.berlin.

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