The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a world-leading internationally oriented research center, committed to discovering new approaches to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, researchers at ten DZNE sites across Germany pursue a translational and interdisciplinary strategy comprising five interconnected areas: fundamental research, clinical research, health care research, population health science, and systems medicine.

Small Animal MRI Facility - Service Leader (f/m/x)

Code: 1253/2023/11

DZNE is a cutting-edge research institution committed to advancing the frontiers of science and innovation. We are dedicated to supporting groundbreaking research across various fields, and we are currently seeking a Core Facility Service Leader for our state-of-the-art Small Animal MRI facility.

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled Core Facility Service Leader to oversee and manage our Small Animal MRI facility equipped with a Brucker BioSpin 11.7 T. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation, maintenance, and development of this advanced research resource and will be responsible for the proper use and maintenance of the Magnetic Resonance equipment system under all relevant Health and Safety policies and procedures. In addition, the successful candidate will be involved in scientific and technological project development.

Your tasks

  1. Facility Management:
    • Operate and maintain the 11.7 Tesla Small Animal MRI system.
    • Schedule and coordinate user access and appointments.
    • Ensure the facility is clean, safe, and compliant with all relevant regulations.
  2. User Support:
    • Provide training and support to researchers on the proper use of the MRI equipment.
    • Assist researchers in protocol development and optimization.
  3. Research Collaboration:
    • Collaborate with research teams to support their projects and provide technical expertise.
    • Stay current with the latest developments in MRI technology and share knowledge with the research community.
  4. Maintenance and Quality Control:
    • Perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting of the MRI system.
    • Ensure the equipment is operating at peak performance and make necessary repairs or coordinate service as needed.
  5. Budget Management:
    • Manage the budget for the facility, including procurement, maintenance, and upgrades.
    • Identify potential sources of funding and grants to support the facility's growth and improvement.


  • A Master's or Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., biomedical engineering, neuroscience, physics, or a related discipline).
  • Previous experience with high-field MRI systems, particularly 11.7 Tesla or similar systems.
  • Strong knowledge of small animal MRI protocols and techniques.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to troubleshoot technical issues.
  • Prior experience in a research facility or core facility management is preferred.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of researchers.
  • Commitment to safety and compliance with relevant regulations.

We offer

  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Opportunity to work in a cutting-edge research environment.
  • Access to a supportive and collaborative research community.
  • A chance to be at the forefront of scientific advancements.

How to Apply

If you are a dedicated and highly skilled Core Facility Manager with a passion for small animal MRI and the desire to support groundbreaking research, we encourage you to apply. Applications must include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications (peer-reviewed original articles; review articles; book chapters; conference contributions; patents; and others), and three references. We look forward to receiving your informative and complete application documents.

Join us at DZNE and be a part of a team that is driving innovation and pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery. Your expertise will contribute to the success of researchers and make a real impact on the world of science.


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Contact details

Dr. Eugenio Fava

Working hours


Contract length

initially limited to 2 years

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline


The DZNE is an equal-opportunity employer. It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.