Position: Administrative and strategic Controller

Department: Computational Genomics and System Genetics

Code number: 2020-0171

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 position as controller for the recently funded infrastructure initiative German Human Genome Phenome Archive (GHGA, http://www.ghga.de) is available at the German Cancer Research Center. 

Briefly, GHGA has been funded as one of currently 9 national infrastructure consortia which will be operated within the framework of the national research data infrastructure (NFDI, https://www.nfdi.de/). The goal of GHGA is to establish a national infrastructure for the archival, analysis and the dissemination of human omics data. GHGA is implemented as a federated infrastructure, which currently connects six data centers across Germany to the federated network of the European Genome Phenome Archive (EGA, https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ega).  To enable long-term scalability and respect national data security regulations, the EGA is undergoing a transition to a federated model, with GHGA operating as an EGA node for Germany. GHGA has an ambitious long-term concept with an initial focus on providing technological infrastructure and services for rare disease genetics and oncology. With its 16 partners the GHGA network spans all major omics centers in Germany. At DKFZ, GHGA brings together research and service activities across key teams that develop and apply genomics technologies: 


Job description:

We are looking for a controller who will support the establishment and the development of strategic decisions of the GHGA leadership, located at the GHGA head office at the DKFZ. The successful candidate will assume a broad range of responsibilities and contribute to both the strategy development and administrative aspects of the management of GHGA. 


Your responsibilities:

  • Strategic controlling and management of financial resource allocation across the GHGA network
  • Strategic investment planning for hardware invest across the GHGA data hubs
  • Establishment of a reporting strategy and metrics for GHGA, including the development of quality and success metrics for the infrastructure
  • Development of a sustainable business model for the infrastructure, including evaluation of alternative remuneration schemes, acquisition of third party funding, etc.
  • Coordination of all reporting activities across the GHGA consortium, including funding reports, resource allocation but also towards internal and external stakeholders
  • Coordination of internal and external review and advisory meetings for GHGA


The successful applicant will hold a master's degree or equivalent qualification in business administration, industrial engineering, business arithmetics or related field, ideally with a focus on strategic and administrative controlling. Prior practical experience, either in an academic or commercial setting, is required. We expect experience in widely-used Office software tools (including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Powerpoint), as well as excellent written communication skills in both English and German. The ideal candidate has excellent organizational skills, is reliable and integrates well into an interdisciplinary team. Flexibility and personal initiative are expected.

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: 01.10.2020

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

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 19.08.2020


Eva Sabine Blum
Phone +49 6221/42-3601

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.