Position: 2 AI Data Scientists

Department: Medical Image Computing

Code number: 2022-0277

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.

The Division of Medical Image Computing (MIC; https://www.dkfz.de/en/mic/index.phphttps://twitter.com/mic_dkfz) pioneers research in machine learning and information processing, with the particular aim of improving cancer patient care by systematic image data analytics. As a partner in the Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration (HMC) of the Helmholtz Association, we promote the development and establishment of new concepts and technologies in the context of metadata, which provides the necessary context information for finding, interpreting or reusing data, methods, and experiments in health data analytics.

Working in this highly dynamic and exciting area between AI, medical research, cloud technologies and state-of-the-art software development, we seek two motivated computer scientists or software engineers to join our team.


Job description:

The selected candidates will work on interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects, advancing the field of metadata research and application with exciting developments in current research topics in life sciences.

Specific responsibilities would be:

  • You develop methods and tools to help make data and machine learning models visible, accessible and usable. Application areas are in medical imaging and other life science research areas.
  • You advise on and contribute to domain-specific vocabularies, ontologies, and metadata schemes and support life science researchers in their metadata management and implementation of the FAIR principles.
  • You help build a vivid community within the research domain Health in the Helmholtz Association and establish links to national and international consortia and platforms.
  • You prepare position papers and publications.



We are looking for scientists in the field of AI, who are keen to work on collaborative projects on applied AI and software development. The requirements are:

    • PhD and/or master's degree (or equivalent) in computer science, bioinformatics, medical informatics, computational biology or related fields
    • Analytical and software development skills with an interest in data management or standards in the medical research domain and some experience in one of the languages Python, C++, Java, Javascript, or Bash 
    • Secure and proactive communication with stakeholders and network partners
    • Knowledge and experience in linked (open) data and semantic web technologies would be a plus
    • Excellent English communication skills, German is beneficial

    Interested and qualified applicants should at least submit a cover letter with references, a CV and degrees and/or transcripts.

    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 positions are initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

    The positions can in principle be part-time.

    Application Deadline: 31.08.2022


    Dr. Marco Nolden
    Phone +49 (0)6221/42-2325

    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.