Max Planck Research Coordinator Position

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell

Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics Behavioral Sciences Microbiology & Ecology


Type of Job


Research Coordinator Position

Job offer from August 14, 2018

The Department of Collective Behaviour at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology is a highly international, collaborative and interdisciplinary department investigating the behaviour and evolution of collective animal behaviour in the lab and field. We presently have around 50 scientists from over 20 countries who work on the principles that underlie the mechanism and evolution of collective behaviour across a wide range of systems, including insects, fish, birds and mammals.

We are currently seeking a Research Coordinator to work closely with the Director, Iain Couzin, and his team, to help further the scientific achievements of the department, and to oversee research in the institute's laboratory facilities located predominantly in Konstanz, but also in nearby Radolfzell. Our working language is English, but this particular position also requires knowledge of German.

Your tasks

  • Guidance of students, doctoral students and postdocs.
  • Support in planning and conducting behavioural experiments with fish, insects, birds, and possibly other species.
  • Managing the technical assistants and animal keepers.
  • Coordination and organisation of animal holding in cooperation with the local animal research facility.
  • Support and control of the application and documentation process for animal experiments.
  • Ensuring the proper functioning and maintenance of the laboratory equipment.
  • Training of new personnel in the use of laboratory equipment and the analysis of technical data.
  • Responsible for occupational safety and administrative tasks in the laboratories.
  • Implementing and monitoring animal welfare and experimental protocols.

Your profile

  • University degree and doctorate in biology (or related scientific field)
  • Experience with behavioural experiments on animals
  • Interest in collective animal behaviour
  • Excellent English and German in word and writing
  • Organisational and management skills
  • Enthusiastic and positive outlook

Further qualifications

  • Leadership and intercultural experience
  • Interest in the application of technology in science
  • Application and documentation of animal experiments
  • Felasa B or any equivalent course for care and use of laboratory animals
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety
  • Implementation of quality assurance measures in laboratories.

Our offer

This appointment is for two years initially, with the possibility of a permanent appointment based on satisfactory performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience (up to TVöD E14), and benefits are made according to the collective agreement of the civil service.

The candidate will work in a dynamic research environment, and will be based at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Department of Collective Behaviour located on the campus of the University of Konstanz, one of the nine “elite universities” in Germany. Konstanz is an historic city in southern Germany on the shores of Lake Constance, approximately 50 minutes from Zurich Airport, and at the gateway to the Alps. The University has almost 12,000 students and is situated on a hill overlooking Lake Constance, the Island of Mainau and Mainau Forest. The campus is a short cycle or bus ride from the city centre. Konstanz has a large and well-preserved old town (Altstadt), and a vibrant day and nightlife, including many museums, galleries, and parks. The Max Planck Institutes and the University of Konstanz focus on excellence in research and the successful applicant will benefit from outstanding infrastructure, opportunities for training and a highly collaborative and international research environment.

The Max Planck Society and the University of Konstanz are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce. We therefore encourage applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, we seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourage women to apply. We offer extensive support to help researchers balance professional and home life, including assistance with childcare and support of the elderly, and flexibility in how employees arrange working hours. For details, see Equal opportunities.

Further information 

For further information on this position, please check Collective Behaviour website or contact Dr. Mäggi Hieber Ruiz . Do not forward your application to this email address.

Your application

The application needs to be submitted through the online application system (link below).

Interested in joining our team?

Then we will be delighted to receive your complete application under this link.

Consideration of applications will begin on 15.09.2018, and will remain open until filled.

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