Research Technician

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Kontakt: Mag. Sabine Steurer
Telefon: +43 (1) 79730 - 3572

The IMBA Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Science is an internationally recognized research institute that focuses on molecular medicine, stem cell research and RNA biology and is home to about 230 scientists from over 42 countries. It is located at the Vienna Biocenter, very close to the city centre of Vienna. Science carried out at IMBA is at the highest level and counts with excellent state-of-the-art infrastructure and top research programs for different scientific career levels.

We are looking for a research technician to provide primary support for the Grade lab. Sofia Grade and her team seek to understand the biological principles underlying functional reorganization of brain circuits upon injury and neurodegenerative disease. They aim to expand our knowledge of the diseased brain and guide the development of intervention strategies for brain repair, by exploiting endogenous mechanisms and also utilizing stem cell-based transplantation. Their research in rodent models leverages cutting-edge technologies for circuit mapping and manipulation, optical clearing in tandem with whole brain imaging, genetic fate mapping, proteomics and advanced microscopy, amongst others, including in vitro methodologies to support the experimentation in mouse models. 

Key Responsibilities

Mouse colony management and lab maintenance

  • To maintain mouse colonies to allow experimental work. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Setting up breeding pairs of appropriate genotypes to generate mice for colony maintenance and experimental work
    • Weaning and ear-clipping of litters
    • Genotyping (DNA extraction and PCR)
  • To maintain the lab so that work is carried out accurately and with a high standard. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Ensuring instruments and equipment are functioning properly
    • Ordering general consumables and reagents, and stock keeping (including preparing common solutions)
    • Keeping general lab documentation up to date

Involvement in research projects

  • To assist specific projects by:
    • Performing treatment of substances to adult mice
    • Perfusing adult mice and tissue dissections
    • Performing brain sectioning and immunostaining
    • Helping to set up new techniques

Others (occasional)

  • To provide training and advice to new members of the lab on general lab practices, a range of techniques and safety regulations
  • To mediate interactions with in-house facilities and services

Your qualifications:

Essential Skills:

  • Degree (or equivalent) or extensive relevant experience
  • High level of motivation
  • Collaborative and supportive mindset
  • High level of organisation and good record-keeping skills
  • Ability to work independently and able to take directions when necessary
  • Fluency in English

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience in mouse handling
  • Experience in adult mouse perfusion
  • Experience in brain research
  • Proactive in problem solving
  • Good communication skills

Our offer:

We offer a young, dynamic, and international working environment, further training in multidisciplinary techniques spanning molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and biophysics, and the chance to make an important contribution to basic biomedical research.

The annual gross salary starts from EUR 32.200, depending on qualification and experience.

IMBA is an exciting international research institute in the beautiful city of Vienna embedded within the dynamic Campus Vienna Biocenter ( The operating language of the institute is English. The institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications, including a CV and the names and contact details of two referees should be send at the latest by 26/11/2021, only online using our recruiting tool.


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