Position: Scientific Coordinator in Data Science

Department: Computational Genomics and Systems Genetics

Code number: 2022-0134

The German Cancer Research Center is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With more than 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research.

A position as scientific coordinator is available in the Division of Computational Genomics and Systems Genetics (https://www.dkfz.de/en/bioinformatik-genomik-systemgenetik) at our laboratory at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

Our group carries out highly interdisciplinary research, bridging statistical inference and machine learning with pertinent applications in the biomedical sciences. As part of our research, we are coordinating multiple scientific initiatives, including the health program of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS, https://ellis.eu/programs), the ELLIS unit Heidelberg (https://www.ellis-life-heidelberg.eu) and most recently the AI Health Innovation Cluster  (https://www.aih-cluster.ai). The goal of the advertised position is to support the scientific coordination across these programs and to connect them to the strategic developments in Data Science at the German Cancer Research Center (https://www.dkfz.de/en/datascience).

We offer a stimulating work environment and the advertised position will be directly embedded within the research activities of our team, with collaborations with external partners in the Heidelberg-Mannheim area.


Job description:

  • Scientific coordination of the AIH Cluster and DataScience@DKFZ
  • Coordination of scientific strategy
  • Project management & organization of meetings
  • Public relationship, both online and in print
  • Report management of third-party projects
  • Contribution to and coordination of funding applications
  • Organization of project meetings
  • Contribution to the presentation of scientific results, including publications & patents
  • Management of data protection and data access applications

We offer you a senior position at the interface between leading initiatives in biomedical data science with a significant degree of independence and a strong perspective for a successful future career path.

Your possibilities:

  • Be involved in the shaping of innovative IT infrastructures enabling innovative personal medicine in the Heidelberg area and nationally
  • Get exposed to a plethora of fields ranging from AI-guided clinical decision making to modern web development technologies
  • Work with an interdisciplinary team of experts bringing state-of-the-art biomedical research closer to clinics and patients
  • Take part in national and international organizations such as genomDE, the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), the AI Health Innovation Cluster (AIH) and the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS).
  • Widen your expertise with extensive possibilities of training programs, seminars and conferences



  • PhD in computer science, medical informatics, bioinformatics, computational biology or similar background with experience in bioinformatics and/or data science
  • Alternatively, an MSc or equivalent qualification with complementary years of relevant experience in IT environments
  • Excellent project management skills proven in an academic or industrial setting are a prerequisite
  • Excellent communication skills in English and German are necessary

The ideal applicant should have demonstrated the ability to work independently and creatively. The candidate should have excellent communications skills and be able to articulate the technical needs precisely, set clear goals and work within an interdisciplinary setting, while communicating with other external partners.

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Salary according to TV-L including social benefits
  • Possibility to work part-time
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive further training program

Important notice:

The DKFZ is subject to the regulations of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG). As a consequence, only persons who present proof of immunity against measles as well as against COVID-19 may work at the DKFZ.

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 02.06.2022


Prof. Dr. Oliver Stegle
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-3598

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The DKFZ is committed to increase the proportion of women in all areas and positions in which women are underrepresented. Qualified female applicants are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.

To apply for a position please use our online application portal (https://www.dkfz.de/en/stellenangebote/index.php).

We ask for your understanding that we cannot return application documents that are sent to us by post (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Personalabteilung, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg) and that we do not accept applications submitted via email. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.