Research technician (f/m/x) - Type 1 diabetes


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39 hrs./week
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We are Helmholtz Munich. In a rapidly changing world we discover breakthrough solutions for better health.

Our research is focused within the areas of metabolic health/diabetes, environmental health, molecular targets and therapies, cell programming and repair, bioengineering, and computational health. Through this research, we build the foundations for medical innovation. Together with our partners, we seek to accelerate the transfer of our research, so that laboratory ideas can reach society and improve people’s quality of life at the fastest rate possible.

Join us and use your talents and passion as we work together to drive forward scientific progress.

The research focus of the Institute of Diabetes Research lays on understanding the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes, on identifying mechanisms and predictive markers of the disease, and the translation of findings into clinical trials to prevent type 1 diabetes in humans. The Institute is particularly interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms of islet autoreactivity, and the interaction of environment, genes, and the immune response. The ultimate goal is to develop therapies for the prevention and cure of islet autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes.

The laboratory of Dr. Teresa Rodriguez-Calvo within the Institute of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Munich is seeking a Research Technician (f/m/x) for a long term position (earliest start in March 2024). We are looking for a highly motivated individual to investigate the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes in humans. You will have the opportunity to work with human tissue material provided by the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD). In addition, you will help us to manage the daily tasks in the lab and work with colleagues on their research projects. You will be part of an international and diverse team formed by PhD students, postdocs and bachelor/master students.

Learn more about us and our work here.

Teresa Rodriguez-Calvo Group leader

"Our work is focused on defining and characterizing the hallmarks of type 1 diabetes. We closely collaborate with the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) to study the human pancreas from deceased donors at different stages of their disease. This has allowed us to discover novel pathological aspects, which have opened new lines of investigation that will shape our understanding of the natural history of type 1 diabetes."

Your tasks

  • Perform standard laboratory techniques such as immunofluorescence staining on tissue sections, immunocytochemistry on cells, and flow cytometry on donor samples.
  • Perform cell culture with different human and mouse cell lines.
  • Acquire images using epifluorescence and confocal microscopes.
  • Analyze different datasets using image analysis tools.
  • Organize and summarize acquired data.
  • Design, modify and execute protocols.
  • Contribute to troubleshooting experiments and developing new laboratory processes and technologies relevant to the histological analyses of patient material.
  • Keep a record of patient samples and data connected with those samples.
  • Take care of general laboratory organization and ordering, as well safety.

The selected candidate will receive general instructions on routine work and detailed instructions on new assignments. Training will be provided.

Your profile

  • Completed training as a bio-technical assistant or comparable qualifications (e.g. BTA/CTA/MTA), experience and knowledge
  • Knowledge of histology and related techniques including immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence and previous experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • A high degree of computer skills (proficiency using programs such as Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and with others within an outstanding international scientific environment

Desirable qualifications

  • Experience in microscopy (epifluorescence, confocal etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of image analysis software (QuPath, Fiji, ImageJ)
  • Good verbal communication skills in German



Since 2005, we hold the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for exemplary action in the sense of an equal-opportunity organizational culture.

Helmholtz Munich is actively committed to diversity and inclusion in practice and is sustainably committed to equality.

The Diversity Charter has set itself the goal of promoting diversity in the world of work. By signing the charter, we commit ourselves to create an appreciative working environment for all employees.


If you fulfil all the requirements, you may be eligible for a salary grade of up to E 9. Social benefits are based on the Collective Wage Agreement for Public-Sector Employees (TVöD). This position is for a fixed term of 2 years.

We are committed to promoting a culture of diversity and welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion or age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference. If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we will require further documents from you regarding the comparability of your degree. Please request the Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications as early as possible.


Interested in applying?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Fr. Teresa Rodriguez-Calvo, +49 89 3187-1578, who will be happy to help.

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