Open position: Chemical laboratory technician/technical employee – Deadline 07 September 2022


The Marine Geology Section at the Alfred Wegener Institute is engaged in reconstructing past climate conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic. This work is based, among other approaches, on the organic-geochemical analysis of sediment samples to investigate past environmental conditions using biomarkers. These data provide an important contribution to better assessing the future development of the global climate system. For the challenging and varied work in our laboratories, we are looking for a motivated employee to start as soon as possible


  • preparation and performance of geochemical analyses (extraction, liquid and gas chromatography, mass spectrometry) of lipids from sediment and water samples,
  • care and maintenance of laboratory aids and analytical equipment,
  • independent determination of requirements and ordering of spare parts, consumables and tools for the maintenance of analytical equipment,
  • preparation and handling of expedition freight,
  • participation in sea-going expeditions.


  • successfully completed training as a technical assistant or comparable qualification,
  • sound knowledge in the field of organic-geochemical lipid analysis and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry,
  • very good technical understanding,
  • systematic, responsible and independent working style,
  • high level of communication and teamwork skills (good English language skills),
  • driving license class B,
  • experience in using standard (MS Office products) and GC-MS software is desirable

Further Information

Please contact Dr. Juliane Müller (; +49(471)4831-1238) for further information.

This is a full-time position. It is also suitable for part-time employment. The employment is open-ended. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 9a. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

The AWI is characterised by

  • our scientific success – excellent research
  • collaboration and cooperation – intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary
  • opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI
  • a culture of reconciling work and family – an audited and well-supported aspect of our operation
  • our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more
  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world
  • having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
  • flat hierarchies – facilitating freedom and responsibility
  • exciting science topics, with opportunities also in technology, administration and infrastructure

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

We look forward to your application!

Please submit your application by September 7th 2022, exclusively online.
Reference number 22/122/G/Geo-u.

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