Position: (Senior) Bioinformatician / Data Scientist

Department: HI-TRON Mainz - mRNA Cancer Immunotherapy

Code number: 2023-0154

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 Helmholtz Institute HI-TRON is a collaboration of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) with the Research Institute for Translational Oncology at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (TRON gGmbH), the University Medical Center Mainz and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The goal of the partnership is to develop effective immunotherapies and to identify novel biomarkers for assessing the effectiveness of treatment.


Job description:

We are looking for an experienced bioinformatician / data scientist to lead data analysis, integration and management in the field of mRNA cancer immunotherapies. The position will serve to support a translational research group at HI-TRON Mainz led by Prof. Dr. Uğur Şahin, who is member of the HI-TRON Mainz Scientific Management Board. Candidates with relevant experience will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with scientists and clinicians across partner institutions and gain experience in mentoring graduate students.

The focus of the position is to run and refine multi-omics analyses, data management and data visualization workflows:

  • Design and implementation of an integrated data platform based on existing solutions
  • Development of omics-data workflows for biomarker discovery
  • Support and consult researchers with planning of data production and data analysis



  • Degree (BA, MSc) in bioinformatics, informatics or a related field (PhD is an advantage)
  • 3+ years of working experience in computational biology, bioinformatics or similar
  • Strong programming skills (e.g. Python, R, ...)
  • Solid experience with UNIX-like systems and machine learning; cloud computing knowledge is a plus
  • Experience in the analysis of NGS data
  • Experience working with version control systems (e.g. GitHub, GitLab) is a plus
  • Familiarity with developing and maintaining workflow tools (Snakemake, Nextflow) is a plus
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • High degree of flexibility, initiative and perseverance

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: 13.06.2023


Dr. Alexandra Alves Duarte
Phone +49 (0)6131/17-9768

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.