The Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior at its sites in Konstanz and Radolfzell offers an international, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment that opens up unique research opportunities. The goal of our basic research is to develop a quantitative and predictive understanding of the decisions and movements of animals in their natural environment.

The Ephemeral Resource Adaptations Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior would like to fill the following position starting as soon as possible. The position is for a period of 2 years with possible extension, and the workplace will be in Radolfzell.

Technician Assistant (m/f/d)
(100 %)

Our group:
The Ephemeral Resource Adaptations Research Group is headed by Dr. Dina Dechmann. Resources fluctuate in their availability daily, seasonally and sometimes unpredictably. We are interested in the strategies animals have developed to deal with this, especially long and short distance movement, and how this can be optimized by social information transfer and alternative strategies in animals that cannot follow resources through movement behavior such as migration. We are a friendly and interdisciplinary team embedded within a stimulating international research environment, where we interact closely with other departments at both the MPI-AB and the University of Konstanz. For more information about the group, please visit

Your tasks:
You will support scientists in conducting scientific experiments. Therefore, your scope of duties includes assistance in basic experimental research in the field and laboratory (both in Germany and abroad). Furthermore, you will support the working group in administrative and organizational tasks.

Your profile:

  • Completed apprenticeship as a biological technical assistant or a corresponding qualification due to your professional experience, our last technician was a biology student, who wanted to stay in research, but not lead it - that also worked great
  • Enthusiasm for research
  • Willingness and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment
  • Previous experience in scientific projects, especially in field research (capture and tagging of animals as well as behavioral observation) is desirable
    • Experience in handling laboratory animals (qualification according to FELASA category B) and in laboratory work (histology, staining and analysis, DNA extraction, PCR) is an advantage
    • Great verbal and written communication skills in English and ability to speak German or willingness to learn
    • Class B driver's license
    • Efficient and independent way of working.

      Our offer:
      Candidates will work in a dynamic and highly international research environment. Our working language is English, but you'll be interacting with staff and animal caretakers, whose English is limited. The payment for the position is made in accordance with your experience and qualification, up to the salary group 9a of the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD-Bund). Questions about this position should be addressed to Dr. Dina Dechmann (

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