The IT Core Facility at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics is looking for an

IT Generalist (m/f/d)

We are ...

  • an international, high-profile, non-profit, fundamental research institute with almost 300 employees from over 40 countries, part of the Max Planck Society with 84 other facilities,
  • a well-funded, diversified and modern research facility investigating various cutting-edge topics related to neuroscience, such as high-end brain imaging, neuropsychology, machine learning etc.,
  • located in the lively, eco-friendly university town of Tübingen, with almost 30% students, living close to nature and yet only 25 min car drive to the airport and 45 min to Stuttgart,
  • the core IT team responsible for all IT-related topics in the entire institute, with good relations to the other IT teams on the Tübingen campus,
  • working with high-end equipment in a scientific context (e.g. HPC, PB storage) on various OSes, platforms and systems, both commercial and open-source

We offer...

  • team work, good collaboration and further training opportunities,
  • a culture of information sharing, with a "Can do!" attitude,
  • a variety of work topics so nobody gets stuck in the same task,
  • good benefits such as 30 paid vacation days with flexible scheduling; onboarding help; subsidized public transport,
  • a commensurate TVöD (Bund) based salary based on experience and qualifications, with regular pay increases and VBL pension scheme,
  • a permanent position in a young research facility starting as soon as possible,
  • lean administration, flat work hierarchies, few meetings,
  • flexible working hours, both on-site and from home office, with flextime account,
  • nice offices with a view, no open-plan offices,
  • the opportunity to attend talks from well-known international scientists,
  • reimbursed German language courses,
  • ... and last not least a pretty good canteen

We welcome...

  • persons from all genders and preferences, fluent in either German or English, with a preference for persons with disabilities if equally qualified,
  • self-driven, team-playing IT enthusiasts that are comfortable working on Windows, Linux, or Mac clients and servers,
    • technical capability, high motivation, and willingness to learn is more important than being an expert in all areas
    • applicants without formal education but real-world work examples are welcome
  • applicants without formal education but real-world work examples are welcome
  • colleagues willing to do both end-user support, as well as project work,
  • nerds that read (and write) documentation and have good ideas how to automate common tasks

Some tools and skill sets we find exciting

  • Windows administration, e.g. AD, GPOs, WSUS
  • Linux knowledge, e.g. Ubuntu/Debian, Rocky
  • Deployment systems, e.g. Ansible, ACMP
  • Distributed version control systems, e.g. git, gitlab
  • Team work using Confluence & Jira
  • Scripting in Python, Bash, PowerShell, Rest API
  • Mobile device management, e.g. Jamf
  • Backup, e.g. Veeam
  • Containerization, e.g. Apptainer
  • Virtualization, e.g. VMware ESX, Virtualbox
  • Print servers for multiple OSes, e.g. CUPS
  • Hardware knowledge or background in electronics
  • Network administration, e.g. Cisco, Brocade, mixed environment
  • IT Security
  • Willingness to learn new IT technologies

This list of skill sets is not exhaustive - if you have experience with only a few of the topics mentioned above please do not hesitate to apply anyway.

Feel free to contact the IT team with any additional question upfront at - for more information about our institute please visit