Position: Scientific Project and Communications Manager

Department: German Human Genome-Phenome Archive – GHGA

Code number: 2020-0314

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 project and communications manager for the recently launched infrastructure initiative German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (GHGA, http://www.ghga.de) is available at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). Together with 16 scientific partners, the DKFZ is currently setting up the German Human Genome-Phenome Archive, which is part of the national program for research data infrastructures (NFDI, https://www.nfdi.de/). A core mission of GHGA is to implement and operate a national node of the federated architecture of the European Genome Phenome Archive (EGA, https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ega). Local PIs in the network include Ivo Buchhalter, Daniel Hübschmann, Martin Lablans, Peter Lichter & Oliver Stegle.

In order to develop the GHGA software platform into a state-of-the-art infrastructure for secure exchange of genome data we are looking for a scientific project and communications manager.


Job description:

We are looking for a scientific project and communications manager to support the GHGA office in its task to coordinate the various activities of GHGA. Together with the GHGA office team, the candidate will be responsible for internal and external communication, as well as general project management. A core area of activity is the development of an external communication strategy addressing the various stakeholder and user communities of GHGA, including the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT, https://www.nct-heidelberg.de). Other activities include the interaction with data stewards and legal experts to develop concepts for managing GHGA data.

Your responsibilities:

  • External communication including online communication (website and social media), production of educational and other print materials and presentation at scientific conferences and other stakeholder meetings
  • Coordination of public relations in the GHGA office with particular emphasis on strategic and scientific interactions with the NCT and other clinical partners
  • Communication with all participating project scientists at an international level, in German and English and the establishment and contribution to an internal communication platform
  • Involvement in the scientific project management of the GHGA project, including pre- and post-administration of scientific meetings, conference calls etc.
  • Interaction with data stewards and technical teams of GHGA to develop SOPs and other documentation

Depending on the candidate's profiles, the position can either be shared between two individuals in part-time or assigned to one candidate in full-time.


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in natural sciences or computer sciences or related areas, preferably with PhD (or equivalent)
  • Experience and expertise in the area of science communication in an international context is required
  • Candidates with working experience in the area of research data management, especially in the setting of sensitive human data, experience in the area of clinical studies, or experience in science administration are preferred
  • Excellent communication, team-working and management skills in an international working environment
  • Independent, proactive working style with a desire for continued personal development
  • Very good German and English skills, both spoken and written
  • Competence in Microsoft Office and other project management-relevant software

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 initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

Application Deadline: 12.12.2020


Dr. Jan Eufinger
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-3442

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 (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.