Max-Planck-Institut für Biologie des Alterns

Student / Scientific Assistant (m/f)

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20.03.2017 - 15:39


The Max Planck Research Group „Evolutionary and Experimental Biology of Ageing “

headed by Dr. Dario Valenzano

is looking for 1

Student / Scientific Assistant (m/f)

The Valenzano Lab investigates the evolutionary genetic basis of vertebrate lifespan and ageing. Our main model system is the African turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri), which is the shortest lived vertebrate species bred in captivity. To identify the genomic regions associated with survival and ageing, and to study their evolution, we use a combination of approaches, including linkage mapping, transgenesis, population genetics on wild killifish populations, and computer simulations.

Research environment

The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing was founded in 2008 for the purpose of understanding fundamental mechanisms of healthy ageing. It is part of a broad network of research institutions in the Cologne-Bonn area dedicated to research on ageing and age-related disease, constituting a vibrant and collaborative environment for research. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and excellent core facilities, to which the successful candidate would have access, the institute provides outstanding research opportunities for its scientists. The Institute hosts employees from 28 nations, and will grow to 350 members in the new building.

We are looking for a person who will cover fish feeding over the weekends and holidays (8h/week). The remaining time (12h/week) will be spent performing genotyping and fish embryos sorting. To perform routine fish heath assessment, this person will need to receive FELASA B certification. We will provide the student with the necessary training to obtain this certification.

The student´s tasks within our Fish Facility will be

  • feeding fish
  • hatching live food
  • monitoring fish health status
  • removing dead fish and preserve them for genetic analyses
  • monitoring water filtration system parameters
  • rinsing fish tanks and bringing them to the facility cleaning room
  • genotyping of fish
  • weekly collection and sorting of fish embryos
  • keeping track of all the daily tasks on a log
  • daily interaction with fish facility manager, animal care takers and scientists



The student needs to be enrolled at a German University (preferably in Biology or in any related studies) and have time to work 20 hours/week.

Please send complete application to

The payment depends on your degree and will be paid on an hourly basis (9,71 € without Bachelor degree, 11,29 € with Bachelor degree). The Max Planck Society is committed to employ more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. We also seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and especially encourage them to apply.

For further information about the Institute and the Valenzano lab see

Deadline for applications is 15th of June 2017.

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Max-Planck-Institut für Biologie des Alterns
Frau Sarah Bannert
50931 Köln
+ 221 37970212

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