Research technician position available

The Department of Behavioral Biology in the School of Biology / Chemistry of the University of Osnabrück invites applications for the position of a

Research technician
(Salary grade 9 TV-L, 100 %)

to start as soon as possible.


The research of Professor Touma's group focuses on the development and characterization of clinically relevant animal models of trait emotionality and stress reactivity with the aim of analyzing neurobiological, endocrine and molecular genetic mechanisms of affective disorders such as major depression. Our biomedical research methods include a variety of behavioral tests in laboratory mice, neuroendocrine techniques for the analysis of steroids, neuropeptides and transmitters in the brain as well as paradigms for the investigation of interactions between genetic predisposition and environmental influences.


Description of responsibilities:

  • Conducting and analyzing behavioral and neuroendocrinological test paradigms for the characterization of emotionality and cognitive abilities in laboratory mice
  • Participating in animal experiments for the phenotypic examination of mice, including blood / tissue sampling and preparation
  • Analysis of neuroendocrine and molecular-genetic aspects of hypothalamic pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis) function
  • Quantification of protein and steroid hormones by means of immunoassays
  • Expression analyzes via quantitative real-time PCR, in situ hybridization, Western blot and immunohistochemistry


Required qualifications:

  • Completed training as MTA / BTA / CTA / MTLA)
  • A strong sense of orderliness, and compliance with workflows and hygiene rules
  • Careful, reliable and cooperative working style
  • No housing of pet rodents


Desirable qualifications:

  • Interest in behavioral and neuroendocrine research
  • Experience with animal procedures
  • Qualification for animal research, e.g. according to FELASA category B
  • Experience with one or more of the following methods: enzyme immunoassays, DNA / RNA / protein extraction, PCR, quantitative realtime PCR, Western blot, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, primary cell cultures
  • Experience with standard techniques for blood sampling, injections, genotyping and marking of laboratory mice
  • PC user knowledge (including MS Office)
  • Good German and English language skills
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills, flexibility, and reliability
  • A high motivation, quick comprehension, and an independent, self-responsible, and precise working style


We offer:

  • Interesting, diverse, and responsible tasks
  • Participation in behavioral and biomedical research projects using modern methods in an ambitious and international team
  • An open and innovative working environment
  • Individual training opportunities


This position requires a flexible working time division due to the experimental work.

The position is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Osnabrück University has been certified as a family-friendly university committed to helping working / studying parents and carers balance their family and work life.

The university aspires to ensure equal opportunities for men and women and strives to work towards a gender balance in schools or departments where new appointments are made.

Applications from motivated entrants are welcome.

If equally qualified candidates apply, preference will be given to those with special needs.

Please send your application documents (cover letter with explanation of work experience and motivation, CV, and relevant certificates) in electronic form (as one PDF document) to the dean of the School of Biology / Chemistry until November 30, 2017, e-mail:

For further information, please contact Professor Dr. Chadi Touma (telephone: +49 (0)541 969 3496,

We are looking forward to receiving your application.