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The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz IZW) in Berlin is Germany’s premier wildlife research institute. The Leibniz IZW focuses on the life histories and mechanisms of evolutionary adaptations of mammals and birds, their limits and their conservation in natural and anthropogenically influenced environments. The institute operates within the fields of evolutionary ecology, ecological dynamics, evolutionary genetics, wildlife diseases, reproduction biology and reproduction management.

The IZW-Department of Evolutionary Genetics offers (beginning earliest 1st of December, 2019)


1 Molecular Biology student assistant position.


We are looking for one highly motivated student keen to assist with the molecular lab work associated to iDNA (invertebrate-derived) analysis at the Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research (BeGenDiv). The successful applicant will work within a multi-disciplinary research team and be based at BeGenDiv, in Berlin-Dahlem.


Registration at a German university at a faculty of bioinformatics, computer science or biology as undergraduate (degrees of Staatsexamen, Bachelor or Master).

The successful candidate will have very good skills in the molecular lab, including experience with DNA extraction, PCR set ups and cleaning and quality control, some experience with NGS data analysis is desirable and an interest Genomics applied to Biodiversity studies.

Good organisational skills, high motivation and ability to work independently are essential. Personal interest in the questions of how species adapt to ongoing change is a bonus.

Applications and working environment:

The position will start on 1st December, 2019 as soon as it is filled up and will last for at least 6 months. Work load comprises a minimal of 40 hours per month, the actual amount of hours can be negotiated. The place of employment is the Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research (BeGenDiv), Königin-Luise-Strasse 6-8 Berlin (Germany). Enquiries or questions should be directed to Dr. Camila Mazzoni at +49 30 83859961,

As a member of the Leibniz Association the Leibniz-IZW is an equal opportunity employer, determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers, and particularly encourages women to apply. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with the same qualifications.

Please upload complete application documents including a letter of motivation, CV, proof of university enrolment and contact details (email address and telephone) of a person who can provide a reference. Submit your application as soon as possible but no later than 15 November 2019 via the Leibniz-IZW’s online-job-market (button “Apply online”). Interviews will take place in late November, 2019.

We are looking forward to your application!