Position: Biological Technical Assistant (BTA)

Department: Immune Diversity

Code number: 2020-0201

The German Cancer Research Center is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With approximately 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research.

Job description:

The international team of the Division of Immune Diversity is optimizing a CRISPR-mediated RNA detection assay (termed SHERLOCK) for detection of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the causal agent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we aim to field-test SHERLOCK as a rapid point-of-care diagnostic, in comparison to the golden standard qRT-PCR to support data-driven decision making, which will be essential soon. In this position, you will mainly perform testing for detection of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 using SHERLOCK, mostly in the laboratory area but possibly also in the field (Hospitals, etc.), as point-of-care diagnostic. Furthermore, we are also looking for qualified support for the production of reagents and assembly of kits for the SHERLOCK assay.


The division is looking for a flexible, highly motivated, open-minded employee who will work well in a team. You must have strong organizational skills and be highly responsible. Successful vocational training as a biological technical assistant (BTA) along with extensive professional experience are prerequisites for this position. Applicants must be experienced with molecular biological work and be willing and prepared to work with human specimen samples (biosafety level 2). Prior experience with tasks on PCR/qRT-PCR in a 96-well format is desirable. We expect a very good command of the German and English languages and sound IT knowledge.

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Salary according to TV-L including social benefits
  • Possibility to work part-time
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive further training program

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is limited until 30.06.2021.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 22.08.2020


Prof. Dr. Fotini Papavasiliou
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-1390

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The German Cancer Research Center is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and encourages female applicants to apply. Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.                           

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