Position: Bioinformatician – Translational Cancer Genomics

Department: NCT Berlin

Code number: 2024-0146

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 German Cancer Research Center is looking for a bioinformatician for the National Center for Tumor Diseases Berlin to start as soon as possible.

The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) is a long-term collaboration between the German Cancer Research Center, excellent partners in university medicine, and other outstanding research partners at six locations in Germany. The NCT aims to quickly and safely translate promising results from cancer research into clinical applications to provide cancer patients with widespread access to innovative treatment approaches.

One of the six NCT locations is the NCT Berlin, which is implemented in cooperation with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin at the Charité Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Berlin Institute of Health in the Charité (BIH), and the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association.

The position is based in Berlin and will be jointly affiliated with/based at the Institute of Pathology, Charité (https://pathologie-ccm.charite.de/) and the Core Unit Bioinformatics at the BIH (https://www.cubi.bihealth.org/). The mission of the BIH is medical translation: transferring biomedical research findings into novel approaches to personalized prediction, prevention, diagnostics, and therapies and, conversely, using clinical observations to develop new research ideas. The aim is to deliver relevant medical benefits to patients and the population.


Job description:

  • Analysis of NGS data, especially WES and RNA sequencing in clinical studies
  • Analysis of study needs and translation of biomedical research questions into bioinformatics projects
  • Design, implementation, and deployment of omics data analysis workflows and results reporting, selecting and benchmarking methods and tools
  • Development of innovative approaches for the analysis and integration of omics data where existing methods are not adequate
  • Presentation of results, writing publications and grant proposals, guidance and support of PhD and Master students


  • Master’s degree in bioinformatics, computer science, computational biology, or related disciplines, preferably with some years of post-degree work experience as a bioinformatician; a relevant PhD is an advantage
  • Sound experience in cancer genomics desired, good understanding of proteomics data is a strong plus
  • Demonstrated ability to perform reproducible data analysis needed, in-depth understanding of the relevant processes and technologies like workflow and tool management, data provenance, and quality control required
  • A good understanding of multivariate statistics needed; experience with data visualization, data mining, and machine learning is highly appreciated
  • Excellent programming skills, Python or R, are required, Bash is a strong plus; demonstrated ability to produce well-designed and documented code, proficiency in using Git is a plus
  • Proficiency working in a Linux environment needed; experience with HPC is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English needed; knowledge of German is a plus
  • Team- and goal-oriented, self-motivated work style is expected; practical experience working in interdisciplinary teams centered on a biomedical or clinical question is a strong plus

We offer:

  • Excellent framework conditions: state-of-the-art equipment and opportunities for international networking at the highest level
  • Remuneration according to TV-L incl. occupational pension plan and capital-forming payments
  • 30 days of vacation per year
  • Flexible working hours
  • Possibility of mobile work and part-time work
  • Family-friendly working environment, e.g. parent-child room, advisory services caring for elderly relatives
  • Sustainable travel to work: subsidized Germany job ticket
  • Unleash your full potential: targeted offers for your personal development to further develop your talents
  • Our Corporate Health Management Program offers a holistic approach to your well-being

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.

Application Deadline: 30.05.2024


Thomas Crowe
Phone +49 (0)173/4637484

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.