Technical Assistant in FACS facility

The FACS Facility is part of the comprehensive suite of scientific core facilities of the MPI-CBG, responsible for providing cell sorting and analysis capabilities realizing the full potential offered by the technology to support the research programs and activities ongoing at the institute.

We are searching for an

Technical Assistant
in the Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting (‘FACS’) scientific core facility (m/f/d)

MPI-CBG is an institute of the renowned Max Planck Society conducting ground-breaking biomedical research at the forefront of the current state-of-the-art. The institute has an international staff coming from > 50 nations from around the world. The question posed for the first 20 years since the institute’s founding has been ‘how do cells form tissues’? The institute has recently further developed its research vision and adopted stem cell-derived models, synthetic tissue systems and organoids models to address its fundamental questions in developmental biology, regeneration self-organization and molecular genetics. The institute is well known for an interdisciplinary approach including consideration of the role of force, size, shape and other physical parameters on cell and tissue organization and also, in 2017, has opened a new Center for Systems Biology Dresden (‘CSBD’) providing a rich environment for theoretical approaches, modelling and simulation.

Main Responsibilities

We are seeking a highly motivated and service-oriented individual with a background in FACS techniques acquired in a research environment. The Technical Assistant will support the facility leader by:

•    Consultation and counselling for users on machine usage, experimental design, and method application and validation.
•    Scheduling, planning, and performance of user requests, such as cell sorts, cell analyses, and data analysis using instrumentation specific software.
•    Training of users on flow cytometry machines and software and on-site consultation.
•    Assisting the facility leader with the maintenance of a protocol repository to accompany user consultations.
•    Maintenance, administration, and care of highly complex flow cytometry instrumentation.

Requirements & Qualifications

•    Technical Assistant certificate (MTA, PTA, BTA, CTA) or university degree preferably in biology or related field.
•    Experience in handling biological samples, a diverse spectrum of biological and biochemical methods, especially experience with flow cytometry workflows (e.g. cell culturing and performance and analysis of multi-color-FACS stainings).
•    Experience in operating and technically understanding FACS instrumentation including Becton Dickinson and Sony flow cytometers (Aria, MA900, SA3800), and FACS data analysis with specific FACS software, e.g. FlowJo.
•    Good English skills both in writing and speech.
•    Strong organizational and communication skills.


The position is available immediately. The initial contract is for 2 years with the expectation of prolongation contingent on both parties agreement. Salary will depend on the experience and qualifications of the candidate, based on TVöD. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Queries about the position may be addressed to the FACS Facility leader, Julia Jarrells (

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Please submit your application, including CV, motivation letter in English, and contact details for 3 references via our online application system stating Code 2021-TA-FACS-4250 at  

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Pfotenhauerstr. 108
01307 Dresden, Germany