Position: Bioinformatic / AI Team Lead

Department: AI Health Innovation Cluster

Code number: 2022-0358

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 AI Health Innovation (AIH) Cluster combines the excellence and expertise of several renowned research and health institutions in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region to concentrate and excel the existing research potential in modern health sciences. The main aim of the program is to foster research at the forefront of AI-based research by systematically interlinking biomedical data with excellent AI approaches for innovative application in the health sector.

As part of the AIH Cluster, we seek to establish a 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. To lead this activity, we are looking to appoint an experienced technical lead. This will be a central position for coordination of activities within the AIH Cluster and connected infrastructures and initiatives, such as the ELLIS Heidelberg Unit. The team lead will develop novel technical concepts and coordinate to be implemented by the competence centers of the AIH Cluster.

We look forward to your application, if you can see yourself making 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:

Your responsibilities:

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:

  • Leadership of a technical development team within the AIH Cluster and coordination with associated activities
  • Development of innovative technical concepts for federated data analytics based on cloud technologies
  • Contributions to and development of IT security concepts for sensitive medical data
  • Participation in and contribution to international networks (e.g. 1+Million Genomes, European Open Science Cloud) 
  • Design and specification of features, aligned with international standards
  • Collaboration with local and international developers

We offer you a leading 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:

  • Gain a leadership role in AI data analytics in the context of the AIH Cluster - a major initiative to foster the digital transformation of medicine in Germany
  • 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 European Genome-Phenome Archive (EGA) and ELIXIR shaping future of genomics across borders
  • 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 a focus on bioinformatics and/or data science; alternatively a MSc or equivalent qualification with complementary years of relevant experience in IT environments
  • Extensive experience in IT and bioinformatics with relevant experience in the development, coordination and operation of data infrastructures, AI, software development or cloud computing
  • Experience in the operation of data infrastructures in an academic or industrial setting, ideally in a cloud environment
  • Hands-on experience with workflow development and genomics data analysis
  • Solid knowledge of IT security principles and expertise in the adaptation of IT systems for GDPR compliance is beneficial
  • Excellent project management skills proven in an academic or industrial setting are a prerequisit
  • Ability to work independently and creatively, articulate technical needs precisely, set clear goals and work within an interdisciplinary setting, while communicating with other external partners
  • Excellent communication skills in English

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.