Position: Software Developer / System Architect for the implementation of a federated node of the European Genome-phenome Archive

Department: Omics IT and Data Management Core Facility

Code number: 2020-0155

The German Cancer Research Center is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With approximately 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research.

A joint position as software developer / system architect for the implementation and operation of a federated node of the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) is available in the Omics IT and Data Management Core Facility (ODCF) together with the Computational Genomics and Systems Genetics group (https://www.dkfz.de/en/bioinformatik-genomik-systemgenetik). The Omics IT and Data Management Core Facility (ODCF) supports scientists in structuring, analyzing and publishing/archiving large omics datasets. The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI, Hinxton UK) together with the Centre de Regulació Genòmica (CRG, Barcelona, ES) develop and operate a public archive for protected genomic data, the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA). To enable long-term scalability and respect national data security regulations, the EGA is undergoing a transition to a federated model, with multiple national nodes. As one of the major data producers in Germany (> 5 PB sequencing data), the DKFZ will implement one of the first federated EGA nodes.

Job description:

We are looking for a software developer or system architect to implement, operate and further develop a local EGA implementation at DKFZ. The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary research and data management team developing and applying a diverse range of state-of-the-art methodology to implement and improve the software and services of the federated EGA. This will be done in close cooperation with the EGA host institutions and other federated instances such as the Scandinavian countries. We are looking for a range of profiles, including cloud and data security architects, (web) software engineers and workflow developers. 

Your responsibilities (will be distributed in a small team):

  • Implementation of a local EGA-node at DKFZ
  • Software development, adaptation and improvement of EGA features
  • Registration of DKFZ sequencing data in the new EGA node
  • Collaboration with local and international developers
  • Infrastructure development


The successful applicant will hold a master's degree or equivalent qualification in computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, and/or engineering, or a degree in biological science with demonstrated experience in computational biology/bioinformatics/software development.

Previous experience in developing and deploying complex software is expected. Expertise in informatics, software development, system architecture and cloud computing is beneficial, as is communicating results and ideas to colleagues and (inter)national collaboration partners.

Proficiency with UNIX based systems and relevant programming languages such as Python is required.

The ideal applicant should have demonstrated the ability to work independently and creatively. The candidate should have excellent communications skills and be able to articulate clearly the technical needs, set clear goals and work within an interdisciplinary setting, communicating with other partners.

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

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 14.07.2020


Dr. Ivo Buchhalter
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-3566

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The German Cancer Research Center is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and encourages female applicants 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 (www.dkfz.de/jobs).

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.