Position: Scientific Coordinator

Department: Computational Genomics and Systems Genetics

Code number: 2023-0071

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 in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Oliver Stegle 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 biological sciences. As part of our research, we are also coordinating multiple scientific programs, such as the health program of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), the AI Health Innovation Cluster and  the German Human Genome-Phenome Archive. The goal of the advertised position is to support the scientific coordination across these different programs and to contribute to strategy development in these areas.

We offer a stimulating work environment in an international team. The advertised position will be directly embedded within the research activities of our division and the mentioned overarching initiatives, including overarching activities within Data Science@DKFZ.


Job description:

Your responsibilities:

  • Scientific project management, including coordination with external partners
  • Internal and external communication and organization of project meetings
  • Management of activities for the recruitment of third-party funding including reporting and grant writing
  • Contribution to the scientific strategy of our division
  • Contribution to the presentation of scientific results, including publications and patents
  • Management of administrative duties of the research lab including handling data protection regulations and data access applications
  • Depending on your profile, the position can also be combined with own research activities within the division’s research program

Your possibilities:

  • Be involved in the shaping of interdisciplinary research projects and 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 German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (GHGA), the AI Health Innovation Cluster (AIH) and the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS)
  • Become involved in an existing team of experienced project managers in various activities in the Heidelberg research area
  • Widen your expertise with extensive possibilities of training programs, seminars and conferences



  • Master's degree in life sciences, bioinformatics or math / physics or a related topic
  • PhD degree and previous work at postdoctoral level or in industry with a high degree of independence is  advantageous
  • Excellent project management skills proven in an academic or industrial setting are a prerequisite
  • Experience in management of third-party projects from various funding organizations is desired
  • Excellent communication skills in English and preferably also in German are necessary

Successful candidates will need exceptional organizational talent and need to be able to work independently with a proactive attitude, show flexibility to handle and prioritize multiple quickly changing tasks.

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 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: 06.04.2023


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.