Data Steward / Bioinformatician

The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) is at the forefront of global institutes for cancer genomics and data analysis. Within the DKFZ, the Omics IT and Data Management Core Facility (ODCF) is dedicated to develop and provide state-of-the-art data management software and solutions. This includes the management of omics data, automated data analysis and quality control as well as (inter)national data sharing. To accomplish these critical tasks, we are actively seeking to expand our team. 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 maintain data management SOPs, workflows and services.


Job description:

We are looking for a bioinformatician, data scientist or similar background experience in data management, privacy and security to manage the flow of cancer research datasets into our local data management software and further into appropriate public archives. This will include interaction with key stakeholders at DKFZ and NCT, the identification of relevant datasets, research on suitability of sharing datasets and establishment of standard operating procedures (SOPs), as well as the implementation of a streamlined workflow for the handling of access requests to available datasets. Operational processes will range from ingest to download, the implementation of SOPs and quality management measures.

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 securely manage (human) omics data. This will be done in close cooperation with other facilies and institutions and other (inter)national partners. We are looking for a range of profiles, including data and NGS specialists.

Your responsibilities:

  • Development and implementation of SOPs for data management of omics data as part of the DKFZ infrastructure
  • Quality control of datasets and preparation of data and metadata for submission into EGA or GHGA
  • Development and implementation of data security concepts, including risk management
  • Development of a strategy and processes for data ingestion, metadata validation and quality control of data
  • Handling of data access requests and management of the necessary legal processes
  • Presentation and dissemination data management concepts within the institute and at (inter)national conferences
  • Establishment of data-driven quality control strategies
  • Closely follow the field of secure data handling and sharing and interaction with international initiatives such as the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH)

Your possibilities:

  • Work with an interdisciplinary team of experts bringing state-of-the-art biomedical research closer to clinics and patients
  • Take part in international organizations such as the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) and ELIXIR shaping future of genomics across borders
  • Widen your expertise with extensive possibilities of training programs, seminars and conferences



  • Master's degree or equivalent qualification in bioinformatics, computational biology, biological science, computer science, physics, mathematics, engineering, or other fields, possibly with a PhD degree
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in the development of data management / data curation concepts is expected
  • Previous experience in working with (big) data or in a service related field is expected
  • Expertise in NGS, (human) omics data, data security and data privacy 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 R or Python is beneficial

The ideal applicant should have demonstrated the ability to work independently and creatively. The candidate should have excellent communications skills in English (German is beneficial) and should be able to articulate clearly the requirements, set clear goals and work within an interdisciplinary setting, communicating with other partners.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Earliest Possible Start Date: 01.01.2024

Contact: Buchhalter, Ivo