Position: AI Data Engineer / Bioinformatician

Department: AI Health Innovation Cluster

Code number: 2022-0356

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.

As part of the AI Health Innovation Cluster - a collaboration of seven renowned research and health institutions in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region to promote cutting-edge research for AI applications in medicine and health - we seek to establish a core competence team that will foster novel innovations in AI-centered data solutions. A core goal of these activities is to establish a secure research environment that enables scientists to carry out AI-based analytics in a controlled environment. We are thus looking for an AI Data Engineer or Bioinformatician who is both keen to support the scientists in their project work and to shape a vision of how AI can be used to its full potential for health. The ideal candidate will be motivated to make a big difference at the interface of AI and medicine, joining the large international community across the partner institutions of the AI Health Innovation Cluster. 


Job description:

As part of this lively and dynamic network of excellent partners from versatile backgrounds, your specific responsibilities in the Data Technology Competence Center of the cluster would be:

  • Development of technical concepts and AI data infrastructure
  • Interaction with other technical working groups within the AI Health Innovation Cluster and associated activities
  • Contributions to the development (back-end / front-end) of a data infrastructure
  • Contributions to and development of IT security concepts for the operation of data infrastructure for genomic and imaging data
  • Participation in international networks
  • Design and specification of features, aligned with international standards
  • Collaboration with local and international developers

We are offering an exciting scientific position at the interface between leading initiatives in biomedical data science with a significant degree of independence and strong career perspectives.

Your possibilities:

  • Be involved in the shaping of innovative IT infrastructure enabling innovative personal medicine approaches in Germany
  • Get exposed to a plethora of fields ranging from AI-guided clinical decision making to modern web development technologies
  • Work within 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 European Genome-Phenome Archive (EGA) and ELIXIR, shaping the future of genomics across borders
  • Widen your expertise with extensive possibilities for training programs, seminars and conferences



  • Master's degree in computer science, medical informatics, bioinformatics, computational biology or similar background with a focus on bioinformatics or data science and preferably relevant work experience in IT environments
  • Experience in IT and bioinformatics, preferably including the development, coordination and operation of data infrastructure, AI, software development or cloud computing
  • Hands-on experience with workflow development and genomics data analysis
  • Knowledge of IT security principles and expertise in the adaptation of IT systems for GDPR compliance beneficial
  • Excellent communication skills in English necessary

Please submit your complete application as one single PDF file via our online application portal. The application document should comprise a cover letter, your CV, reference letters (if available) and copies of your degree certificates (incl. transcripts and translations, if applicable).

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, but maximum until 31.12.2024.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 04.10.2022


Dr. Daniela Beyer
Phone +49 (0)174/2699356

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.