Research Technican in Zooplankton Ecology

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW), Warnemünde

The Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), Section of Biological Oceanography, has a vacancy for a

Research Technician in Zooplankton Ecology

within a new focus research area “Shallow Water Processes and Transitions to the Baltic Scale”. The position is to be filled on a flexible part-time or full-time basis and is intended to start 01.09.2023. Part-time work is possible with a minimum of 28 hours per week. Remuneration is paid in accordance with the Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder (TV-L, Public Sector Collective Agreement on Länder) salary scale at level TV-L EG 7. The employment will initially be limited for two years (on the basis of § 14 II TzBfG), as far as the legal requirements are met. Thereafter, the position is planned to be converted into a permanent employment.

Who are we?

The IOW is an independent research institute of the Leibniz Association for which equal opportunities, family friendliness and work-life balance are very important. Our research focus is on the coastal and marginal seas, especially the Baltic Sea. The staff of the four sections Physical Oceanography and Instrumentation, Marine Chemistry, Biological Oceanography and Marine Geology works interdisciplinary within a joint research programme.

What will be your tasks?

The technician will be associated with the Zooplankton-Ecology group in the Department of Biological Oceanography. The candidate will provide support in the day-to-day operations of experiments and research activities regarding zooplankton ecology of shallow coastal zones. The main responsibilities include the maintenance of phyto- and zooplankton cultures and the technical assistance in experimental field and laboratory work targeting life-cycle transitions of zooplankton. Some laboratory management tasks and the maintenance of technical equipment are required. The ideal candidate would have interest advancing methodological protocols.

What do we expect from you?

  • Vocational training as technical assistant in biology or a comparable education in an area of expertise relevant to the position
  • Experience in the technical support of scientific work
  • Experience working with cultures of phyto- and/or zooplankton
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Willingness to participate in field work and seagoing research activities

Desirable would be:

  •  Experience in support of experimental work or field campaigns
  •  Some knowledge of molecular and/or physiological techniques
  •  Previous knowledge on zooplankton taxonomy although training will be
  •  Proficiency in English

What does the IOW offer?

The IOW offers you a varied workplace in the immediate vicinity of the Baltic Sea (Work at sea) with flexible working arrangements, e.g. the possibility of working from home or remotely and a company health management. A very good infrastructure with modern laboratory and office equipment, including on our own research vessel, form the framework for the best working conditions.

How do we promote equal opportunities?

Our job offers are aimed at all people regardless of their gender. Research benefits from a diverse working environment, which is why we have signed the Diversity Charter. IOW aims to specifically promote women in areas where they are underrepresented. For this purpose, the institute has given itself a plan to promote equality (Women's Promotion Plan of the IOW) and has repeatedly been awarded the Total E-Quality award for its commitment. Female applicants are given preference in the case of equal qualifications and suitability, as the position belongs to a working group in which women are underrepresented. You can find an overview of our measures for equal opportunities and for improving the compatibility of work and family on our website.

We give preference to applications from disabled persons with equal professional and personal suitability. Please mention the disability or equality in your letter of application and enclose a copy of the relevant certificate.

How to apply?

Please send us your application documents with cover letter, CV, copies of your certificates, description of relevant activities and experiences as well as references.

We look forward to receiving your application, quoting the keyword: STB 15/2023 by 12.06.2023 to: bewerbung.biologie(at)io-warnemuende.de or

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde

Human Resources Department

Seestraße 15

18119 Rostock


The interviews are expected to take place on 04.07.2023

Unfortunately, we cannot cover your application and travel costs.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Jörg Dutz (joerg.dutz(at)io-warnemuende.de)