Technician or engineer for GC and LC mass spectrometer

At the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry in the MetaCom Metabolomics Unit, 1 position is available for a Technician or engineer for GC and LC mass spectrometer.

Wworking hours 100 % or part time, initially limited to two years, with option of permanent employment. Position is to be filled immediately.

About us :

As a member of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) is a non-university research institution on the Weinberg Campus in Halle (Saale). As a foundation under public law, the IPB is under the supervision of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. 

The IPB is an internationally renowned research institution and consists of four scientific departments and additional independent research groups (approx. 200 employees, including around 40 doctoral students). Research at the IPB aims to understand the (bio)chemical basis of the performance and resilience of plants under environmental conditions of climate change. The IPB offers excellent research conditions and a state-of-the-art infrastructure to investigate the chemical diversity, biochemical interactions and biological functions of small natural product molecules in plants and fungi. The focus is on specialised metabolites, chemical mediators and relevant molecular networks of functional gene and protein regulation (

Research topic or information on the research group/work area:

The Programme Centre for Plant Metabolomics and Computational Biochemistry, MetaCom for short, established in 2023, is looking for dedicated technicians (m/f/d) to support metabolomic analyses of small molecules of primary and secondary metabolism in plants.

Our measurement methods cover a wide range of chromatography techniques, including liquid and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry and spectroscopic detection. To ensure the smooth running of these techniques, we attach great importance to well-organised handling, equipment maintenance and effective user management.  Therefore, we are looking for reliable, tech-savvy and well-organised people to join our team.

Your area of responsibility is diverse and varied: 

  • Responsibility for several GC-MS and UHPLC-MS/MS systems
  • Assistance with research projects and support in the development of new measurement methods
  • Regular maintenance work including quality assurance
  • Communication with suppliers (offer negotiations, technical updates, maintenance/repairs)
  • Needs-based market analysis and coordination of new purchases
  • Analyses of raw data and quality assessments
  • Laboratory management in the area of mass analysis
  • Guidance of students and trainees

Your Profile:

  • Completed studies as an engineer or a master’s degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or a comparable field of study
  • Practical experience with GC and/or LC-MS analysis
  • Practical experience in method development (GC and/or LC-MS)
  • Experience in the analysis of metabolomic data is an advantage
  • Goal-orientated way of working for the benefit of MetaCom
  • Interest and willingness to independently operate, maintain and repair complex equipment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Mentality of continuous learning and interest in current methods
  • Ability to proactively contribute and work cooperatively
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Knowledge of German is an advantage
  • Willingness to work in an international team

We offer:

  • Thorough familiarisation with the work and techniques
  • State-of-the-art working conditions in a future-oriented environment of cutting-edge research
  • Flexible, family-friendly working hours and home office arrangements
  • Promotion of your skills through further training measures
  • Holiday and grouping in accordance with the collective agreement of the federal states (including annual special payment)
  • Promotion of your company pension scheme (VBL)
  • Extensive health promotion programmes

Application and Information:

For further information, please contact Dr Henriette Uthe, phone: 0345 5582-1700, e-mail: Please send your complete application documents (cover letter, CV, certificates, etc.) by 30.06.2024, quoting reference number 24/2024, to (as one PDF file). 

At the time of recruitment (TV-L-EntgeltO protocol declaration no. 1 paragraph 4), a fee-based equivalence assessment must be submitted for a foreign qualification:

 Diversity, family and equal opportunities:

The Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry has set itself the goal of equal opportunities, diversity and the promotion of work-life balance and has been awarded the “Total E-Quality” award for this. The IPB is also a member of the nationwide corporate network “Success Factor Family” and the Diversity Charter.

Further information on family friendliness, equal opportunities and diversity can be found at:

Data protection:

Please note the data protection information for applicants (m/f/d) in accordance with Art. 13 and 14 GDPR on data processing in the application process at the following link