Lab Manager (f/m/d)

The Department for Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics studies the processing of sensory infor­mation (visual, auditory, tac­tile, olfactory) in the brain and the use of this infor­mation for directing body move­ments and making cognitive decisions. The research is highly inter­disciplinary and uses theoretical and experi­mental approaches, including human psycho­physics and animal behaviour, imaging, electro­physiology, and computational modelling. Department website:

We are currently looking for a

Lab Manager (m/f/div)

to join us at the next possible opportunity.

The position
We are looking for an experienced Lab Manager to provide support to the Head of Department in strategic plan­ning and management of the Department, the day-to-day operations of the Depart­ment, and to provide effective administration with a focus on facili­tating successful research, finance and human resource issues.

This post requires a person with excellent inter­personal, organisational, and communi­cation skills, with a proven ability to use tact and discretion, whilst remaining calm and able to manage multiple dead­lines. The post holder must have the ability to use initiative and adopt a flexible approach to the work. Previous experience of working in senior administration, inclu­ding Higher Education is essential. A scientific back­ground and staff management experience would be an advantage.

Main duties:

  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations, organisation and super­vision of a research laboratory under the direction of the Head of Department
  • Coordination of laboratory pur­chases and scientific equipment (including, if necessary, putting items to be pur­chased out to tender), control of delivery of supplies
  • Secure the installation, proper functioning and main­tenance of equipment and inventories
  • Support of animal research pro­jects (preparation of animal experimentation permit applications and animal data sheets) inter­action and communi­cation with scientists of the institute, the animal facility staff and the animal welfare officer
  • To coordinate and support the research activities of the Depart­ment and maintain an overview of activities
  • Management and organisation of pro­jects ensuring all projects are on target and the work meets very high-quality standards
  • Anticipate problems and implement pre­ventive measures when necessary
  • Managing and optimising website and wiki, ensure con­tent is up to date and compile relevant social media content
  • Organisation of internal and external work­shops and other events
  • Liaising with relevant administrative and academic staff within the Institute and neigh­bouring institutions to ensure the smooth running of the Department

Your profile

  • Completed university degree (Master’s level) in natural sciences and engineering (Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Biology or a similar field), ideally a PhD; highly relevant experience in an equivalent research institute can sub­stitute for the scientific background
  • Several years of experience in working in Higher Education or similar education or research institutions with com­parable tasks and responsibilities in international context
  • Proven knowledge of academic working environment and its special needs, in particular, knowledge of national and inter­national research funding programs, and of international collaborations
  • Familiarity with the use of content manage­ment systems, Microsoft Office and social media
  • Fluency in both English and German
  • Excellent communication and inter­personal skills, team spirit and flexibility; expat experience of other cultures would be beneficial
  • Solution-driven, organizational and manage­ment talent with the ability to help and direct others, pro-active and able to work indepen­dently, even under pressure and deadlines
  • Good organizational skills with ability to prioritize com­peting demands and to ensure dead­lines are met
  • Good knowledge of lab tech­niques and equipment (visual displays, IT software / hardware, biology, electro­physiology, microscopy) is a plus
  • A good amount of technical prowess is useful due to the lab equip­ment upkeep portion of the lab manager’s duties.

We offer
We offer highly interesting, challenging and varied tasks; you will work closely and colla­boratively with scientists, students, programmers, administrative staff, and IT support to help achieve the scientific goals of the depart­ment. A dedicated team awaits you in an international environment with regular oppor­tunities for further education and training. The salary is paid in accor­dance with the collective agree­ment for the public sector (TVÖD), based on qualifi­cation and experience and will include social security bene­fits and additional fringe benefits in accordance with public service pro­visions. This position is initially limited to two years, with the possibility of exten­sions and a permanent contract.

The Max Planck Society seeks to employ more handicapped people and strongly encourages them to apply. Further­more, we actively support the compatibility of work and family life. The Max Planck Society also seeks to increase the number of women in leader­ship positions and strongly encourages qualified women to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity.

Your application
The position is available immediately and will be open until filled. Preference will be given to appli­cations received by 31st March, 2021. We look forward to receiving your application (including a cover letter, your CV, relevant certifi­cates, and three names and contacts for reference letters) by E-Mail in PDF format (in one file) to:, where also informal inquiries can be addressed. Please note that incomplete appli­cations will not be considered.

Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik
Max-Planck-Ring 8
72076 Tübingen


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