Research Assistent (EG 13 TV-H) - in the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Institute of Biology – Special field Animal Physiology/Neurobiology - at 15.01.2018

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The University of Kassel is a young University with round about 25.000 students. She has an extraordinary wide section with expertise of nature, technique, culture and society.

In the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Biology – Special field Animal Physiology/Neurobiology (Prof. Dr. Monika Stengl), is the following open position to occupy at 15.01.2018:

Research Assistent (EG 13 TV-H)

Part-time position with half the working hours of a full-time employee. This is a fixed term-position of three years with the possibility of extending the contract for a further two years (position for academic qualification corresponding to § 65 HHG i. V. m. § 2 Abs. 1 Satz 1 WissZeitVG; opportunity for PhD project).


  • Services in research and teaching of the subject area
  • Key aspects within teaching will be the preparation and realization of courses
  • Assistance in the application for and realization of research projects will also be required
  • Insect odor transduction is a challenging topic in sensory physiology. In a comparison between the hawkmoth Manduca sexta and the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster we want to examine the roles of Orco, the conserved olfactory receptor coreceptor in insect chemosensory transduction. Electrophysiological/physiological experiments are performed, such as extracellular-recordings of single olfactory sensilla in vivo, patch clamp recordings, calcium imaging, and FRET-experiments with insect olfactory receptor neurons in vivo and in vitro with primary cell cultures. While all experiments with the hawkmoth are performed at the University of Kassel (Prof. Dr. Monika Stengl), most experiments with the fruitfly take place at the MPI of Chemical Ecology in Jena (PD Dr. Dieter Wicher).

Further information about our groups are found at our homepages:


  • Completed course of academic study (Diploma or Master degree) within a relevant subject area
  • Good knowledge of statistics
  • Substantial knowledge/experience in at least one of the following physiological techniques: patch clamp, intracellu-
  • lar recordings, extracellular recordings, tip recordings of sensory sensilla, calcium imaging, FRET
  • Very good knowledge of the English language required, native speaker desired, also proficiency in German

Advantageous is:

  • Practical experience in electrophysiological techniques with insects, Drosophila molecular genetics, biochemical  
  • techniques, skills in microsurgery with insect neuronal tissues….
  • Computer skills including word processing programmes and image editing
  • Internet and media-based presentation skills

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Monika Stengl Tel.: 0561-804-4564, E-Mail:

Applications in one pdf file should include:

a cover letter including a statement about your motivation to apply and your requirements for the position curriculum vitae copies of your University degrees (Diploma, Bachelor, Master).

The University of Kassel is an equal opportunity employer and aims at a clear increase of the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified women are therefore expressly requested to apply. Under the precondition of equal qualification, disabled persons will be preferred. Applications indicating the Position Number, which may be in digital form, should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany or, quoting the applicable reference number.

Bewerbungsfrist: 29.12.2017
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