Senior Lab Technician Flow cytometry (f/m/x)


Image Full time
39 hrs./week
Image Neuherberg near Munich

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.

Our brand-new Core Facility Flow cytometry at Helmholtz Munich has an opening for a highly motivated research support specialist with prior experience in flow cytometry. The successful candidate will support all aspects of our core operation in cell sorting and analytical flow cytometry and enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary environment.

You will contribute to the smooth and seamless operation of the facility, hands-on user training, equipment operation and maintenance as well as basic data interpretation. Working closely with other team members, you will ensure the timely and effective completion of projects and excellent customer support. The position also offers a great opportunity to learn about cutting-edge high-end flow cytometry applications as well as other –omics technologies used in cross-platform workflows together with our other core facilities.

Prof. Matthias Tschöp (Dr. Med., Dr. hc.), CEO of Helmholtz Munich:

"We believe that excellent research requires a range of different perspectives. Diverse teams reach better solutions and are more innovative in their research topics.

Establishing our Diversity Management Strategy demonstrates our commitment to ensuring an appreciative company culture based on mutual respect. We are also implementing diversity-sensitive processes throughout our whole organization."

Your tasks

  • Daily operation of cell sorters and support users on analyzer platforms.
  • Train new users as appropriate in cell sorting and analysis.
  • Support creation of training content and information material.
  • Routine maintenance and quality controls of sorters and analyzers.
  • Troubleshoot technical problems of instruments and sample preparation, liaise with service engineers.
  • Establish new flow cytometry methodologies, instrumentation and workflows, also cross-platform.
  • Adhere to laboratory safety and standard operating procedures (self and users) and keep excellent written notes.
  • Support users in experimental planning, troubleshooting and data interpretation of very high end flow cytometry experiments.
  • Support the seamless operation of the core (e.g. ordering, billing, user management, user scheduling, supply management, keep lab in a state of good order and cleanliness.)
  • Routine data backup from sorters and analyzers and maintenance of databases, routine scheduling of core facility services.

Your profile

Essential qualifications

  • Research/ lab technician (MTA/BTA/CTA) with at least 6 years of relevant flow cytometry experience, or Bachelor’s/Master's degree in cell biology/immunology or a related field.
  • Significant experience working with flow cytometry technology, either in a core facility setting or in other roles.
  • Prior hands-on experience in operating and troubleshooting one or more of the following instruments: BD Aria III, BD FACSSymphony S6, BD Symphony A3 analyzer, Miltenyi MACSima analyzer.
  • Knowledge and understanding of complex high end panel design (>20 parameters), optical configuration and compensation rules.
  • IT skills: MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and at least one of the following softwares: Diva, FlowJo, FCSExpress.
  • Experience in general lab management (e.g. purchasing and stock controls, working with field service engineers, routine calibration and QC, waste management).
  • Experience in writing, managing and reviewing SOPs.
  • Skills in molecular biology, cell culture or immunology assays (e.g. intracellular cytokines, activation, secretion assay, Treg supression assay).
  • Experience in training users in flow cytometry applications and use of instrumentation.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills and an open, proactive mindset and clear customer service orientation.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, German highly desirable.

Desirable qualifications

  • Experience working at Containment Level 2 (BSL2).
  • Experience in high-end panel design for high throughput imaging or spectral analysers.
  • Experience with single cell and spatial biology applications.
  • Skills in microscopy, histology and high dimensional flow cytometry data analysis.



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 11. Social benefits are based on the Collective Wage Agreement for Public-Sector Employees (TVöD). The position has an (initial) fixed term of 2 years, with the possibility of moving to a permanent contract.

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 Susanne Heck, +49 89 318749004, who will be happy to help.

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