Veterinarian as animal welfare officer (m/f/d)

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main

Type of Job

Animal Caretaker

Neurosciences

Job offer from January 02, 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (MPI for Brain Research) in Frankfurt am Main is a steadily growing research institution in the field of basic biological/medical research and is specifically concerned with the functioning of circuits in the brain. The institute, which currently employs about 250 people, consists of scientific departments, research groups and several service facilities. The animal house cares for rodents (mice, rats, naked mole rats), reptiles, zebrafish and cephalopods.

With immediate effect we are looking for a Veterinarian as animal welfare officer (m/f/d)

Your responsibilities

  • Assume the function of animal welfare officer (m/f/d)
  • Advise on laboratory animals and animal protection law
  • Support the application process, carrying out and documentation of animal experiments
  • Communicate with the competent authorities and prepare opinions on applications for approval of animal experiments
  • Monitor compliance with legal requirements and inspect animal husbandry and animal experiments
  • Implementation of the 3Rs principle
  • Provide veterinary care for the various laboratory animal species
  • Participate in trainings and continuing education of employees working in the field of animal care and experimentation

Your profile

  • Licensed veterinarian (m/f/d); Veterinary Specialist (m/f/d) in laboratory animal science desirable
  • Sound knowledge of animal protection laws in laboratory animal science
  • Proficient in the application process, carrying out and documentation of animal experiments
  • Experience working as an animal welfare officer (m/f/d) or principal investigator of laboratory animal protocols (m/f/d) advantageous
  • Goal-oriented and independent, well-organized working style with a high sense of responsibility and strong communication skills
  • Very good knowledge of German and English

What we offer

  • A varied, interesting job in a pleasant and international working atmosphere
  • Employment with all the benefits of public service
  • Continuing education and training
  • Company pension scheme
  • Family service (baby and children's room in the institute, day care center on campus)
  • Cafeteria and bistro in the institute building
  • Company health management (e.g. company doctor, sports offers)
  • Good connections to public transportation
  • Free parking on the institute’s premises

Compensation is in accordance with the TVöD. The social benefits correspond to those of the public service. The position is temporary with the aim of making it permanent in the future. It is a full-time position which is in principle suitable for part-time work.


The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number individuals from historically underrepresented groups and individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore expressly encourages applications from such qualified persons.

The compatibility of work and family is very important to us; among other things, we offer the possibility of childcare in the immediately neighboring Kita Kairos homepage.

Have we aroused your interest? Then we look forward to receiving your complete and informative application documents with details of your salary expectations and earliest possible starting date by February 28, 2023 via our application platform.

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