Scientific Coordinator (f/m/div)

About the institute:

The Max Planck Institute of Biophysics (MPIBP) is a leading international research institute that uses biophysical, biochemical, and compu­tational methods to investigate the structure, dynamics, and function of cellu­lar systems at the mole­cular scale. It consists of several research groups and scientific core faci­lities, with about 200 emp­loyees from more than 25 countries. The institute is located at the Campus Riedberg in Frankfurt am Main.

The Department of Molecular Sociology headed by Martin Beck ( studies the structure and function of very large macromolecular assemblies with a focus on in situ struc­tural biology. They parti­cularly focus on the nuclear transport system, Drosophila development, protein complex assem­bly, protein transport, protein homeo­stasis, membrane biophysics and RNA biology. Their experi­mental approach is based on a broad spectrum of techni­ques ranging from cryo electron tomography, life cell imaging, quanti­tative proteomics, image proces­sing, and molecular modeling to bio­chemistry, mole­cular biology, and cell biological assays.

To strengthen the productivity of the Beck labora­tory, we are looking for an out­standing and highly motivated scientific coor­dinator. The post holder manages budgetary and resource planning of the Depart­ment of Mole­cular Sociology, oversees scien­tific projects and colla­borations, and independently works with teams inside and outside of the depart­ment. The coordinator assists the head of depart­ment in the prepa­ration of scientific documents and presentations as well as recruitments.

Key responsibilities:

  • Monitor expenditures of funds (including external funding), including the planning and coordination of the department budget.
  • Make recommendations to the principal investigator regarding staff, and supply, and equipment needs for research projects.
  • Help researchers of the department with writing, reviewing, and editing of various materials for publications, presentations, and the acquisition of third-party funds.
  • Define and implement a lab-wide data management strategy, including access to stored and archived data, ensuring compliance with funding agencies and authority requirements.
  • Liaising with the institute’s other laboratories, central administration, and research support facilities.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory and important documents and information by keeping and monitoring daily logs and equipment record books.

Your qualifications and personal attributes:

  • PhD degree and considerable postdoctoral experience in molecular biology or related disciplines
  • Proven scientific track record that under­lines previous productivity and intellectual contribution to research
  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written), additional German language proficiency is preferred
  • Taking pride in contributing to world-class basic research
  • Enjoy teaching, mentoring, and supervision
  • Highly self-motivated and willing to take initi­ative
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effec­tively communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to manage multiple prio­rities concurrently
  • Proficient computer skills and the ability to work safely and maintain a safe, organized, and clean environment is required
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes

In depth experience in one or more of the following research fields will be a benefit:

  • Project management and scientific coordination
  • Mass spectrometry-based proteomics
  • Bioinformatics, sequence analysis, and structural modeling
  • Tissue culture, genetic manipulation techniques, life cell imaging
  • Protein transport, RNA biology, Drosophila biology, development, protein homeostasis

We offer:

A well-equipped and thriving laboratory within a vibrant inter­national research environment. A colla­borative and colle­gial scientific atmo­sphere, fostering the concepts of Open Science. Regular atten­dance of inter­national scientific meetings. If desired, the oppor­tunity to pursue your own research project combined with longer-term scientific free­dom and to participate in the training and supervision of fellows.
The position is available from the earliest date possi­ble and on part or full-time basis. It is initially limited to three years but may be extended or tenured depen­ding on the success. The salary according to German TVöD will be E 14 or E 15, depending on experience and qualification.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We are also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in our workforce. Therefore, applicants of all backgrounds and identities are welcome. 

How to apply:

Applications should contain a motivation letter stating your interest in and fit to the position and a CV including contact information for at least two references.

Please apply via until September 4, 2022.