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Student assistant for Bat1K

The Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is looking for a student assistant to work on the Bat1K consortium project.

The Bat1K initiative is an international consortium of ~180 members with the goal to sequence the genomes of all living bat species, approximately 1300 species in total. The main goal of this consortium is to uncover the genes and genetic mechanisms behind the unusual adaptations of bats – see

Dr. Sonja Vernes, Group leader of the Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Co-director of the Bat1K consortium is in need of an administrative assistant for Bat1K. Affinity for efficient planning, communication, international relations and attention to detail are advantageous.

Your tasks will include:

  • Running the Bat1K twitter (@bat1kgenomes): see
  • Planning and facilitating online and in person meetings
  • Managing the Bat1K website
  • Maintaining international contacts
  • Writing news/blog articles about events in and around Bat1K
  • General administrative tasks

If you would like to gain expertise in science communication, and be in touch with scientists around the world involved in bat research and genome sequencing and have excellent communication, time management and organisational skills, then this job is right for you!

The position will be part time – between ~8-15 hours per week. The number of hours and the days/hours of work are very flexible so they can be set according to your study schedule. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student and preference will be given to candidates who will continue to be enrolled for at least 1 year. The start date of this position is expected to be ~May/June 2019.

Applications should include:

  •  a brief (<1 page) cover letter to explain your interest in the job and why you fit this position
  • a current CV
  • the names and email addresses of two referees (or letters of reference)
  •  a photo/ photocopy of a valid student card and your expected graduation date

Please send applications to: Ms. Evelyn Veen (Secretary to Dr. S. Vernes) via e-mail:


Last checked 2019-04-01 by sonja vernes
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