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Staff Scientist Cell Therapy-Type 1 Diabetes (f/m/x)

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
Closing date
25 Aug 2024

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Life Science
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Full time
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Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts

Job description:Staff Scientist Cell Therapy-Type 1 Diabetes (f/m/x)


Full time
39 h/week

Neuherberg near Munich

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We are Helmholtz Munich. In a rapidly changing world, we discover breakthrough solutions for better health.

Our research is focused within the areas of metabolic health/diabetes, environmental health, molecular targets and therapies, cell programming and repair, bioengineering, and computational health. We particularly excel in the fields of basic research, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, and technological development.

Through this research, we build the foundations for medical innovation. Together with our partners, we seek to accelerate the transfer of our research, so that laboratory ideas can reach society and improve people’s quality of life at the fastest rate possible.

This is what drives us. Why not join us and make a difference?

The Institute of Translational Stem Cell Research (ITS), led by Prof. Henrik Semb, focuses on developing stem cell-based therapies for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes. We are looking for a dedicated Staff Scientist with interest and experience in cell therapy for type 1 diabetes to join our research institute.

Prof. Matthias Tschöp (Dr. Med., Dr. hc.), CEO of Helmholtz Munich: "We believe that excellent research requires a range of different perspectives. Diverse teams reach better solutions and are more innovative in their research topics.

Establishing our Diversity Management Strategy demonstrates our commitment to ensuring an appreciative company culture based on mutual respect. We are also implementing diversity-sensitive processes throughout our whole organization."

Your tasks
  • Performing cell culture and differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into pancreatic beta cells
  • Independently designing and conducting experiments, assays, or operational procedures and perform data collection and analysis
  • Manufacturing ITS’s current human pluripotent stem cell product (ATMP) for preclinical and first in human trials
  • Being part of developing improved (next generation) human pluripotent stem cell products (ATMPs)
  • Recommending new and innovative solutions to problems using scientific creativity, independent thinking, and expertise
  • Staying updated on current scientific and technological advancements in cell therapy
  • Supervising technical staff
  • Effectively communicating complex scientific findings and recommendations in one-on-one discussions and lab meetings
  • Write and maintain manufacturing related documentation such as SOPs
Your profile
  • Master's degree with more than 2 years of working experience in a life science or stem cell biology discipline - (bio / biotechnology etc.) or related subject


  • Ph.D. with at least 1 year of working experience in a life science or stem cell biology discipline - (bio / biotechnology etc.)
  • Hands-on experience in with stem cell culture and differentiation is a must
  • Experience in flow cytometry immunofluorescence and molecular biology techniques
  • Skilled in writing protocols/reports/SOPs
  • Knowledge of stem cell and developmental biology
  • Proficient knowledge of English (verbal and written), and of German is a plus
  • Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines is preferred
  • Career Development: Postdoc program, scientific training & career center with tailored offers
  • Scientific Resources: State-of-the-art infrastruture and Core Facilities
  • Recreation: 30 days annual leave, flexi days, plus public holidays
  • International Staff Service: Support with the relocation and integration process in Germany
  • Health Promotion: Sports, company doctor, mental health initiatives

Since 2005, we hold the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for exemplary action in the sense of an equal-opportunity organizational culture.

Helmholtz Munich is actively committed to diversity and inclusion in practice and is sustainably committed to equality.

The Diversity Charter has set itself the goal of promoting diversity in the world of work. By signing the charter, we commit ourselves to create an appreciative working environment for all employees.

If you fulfil all the requirements, you may be eligible for a salary grade of up to E 13. Social benefits are based on the Collective Wage Agreement for Public-Sector Employees (TVöD). This position is for a fixed term until 15.10.2026.

We are committed to promoting a culture of diversity and welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion or age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.
If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we will require further documents from you regarding the comparability of your degree. Please request the Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications as early as possible.

Interested in applying?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Prof. Dr. Tor Henrik Semb, 089 3187 49133, who will be happy to help.

Your application should include

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates
  • Contact details for at least two referees
We are Helmholtz Munich.Why join us?

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Helmholtz Munich
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Institute for Translational Stem Cell Research
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
85764 Oberschleißheim

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.


The Helmholtz Association contributes to solving major challenges to assure the future of our society. With more than 39,000 people on staff in 18 national research centres, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization. The name Helmholtz stands for concerted research in which networks form the key principle behind inquiring thought and action. Concerted research is efficient and flexible.

The profile of the Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association performs cutting-edge research which contributes substantially to solving the grand challenges of science, society and industry. To succeed in meeting these responsibilities, Helmholtz concentrates its work in six research fields: Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Key Technologies, Matter, as well as Aeronautics, Space and Transport. Within each of these fields, research programs are developed by our scientists and regularly evaluated by renowned international experts. Their evaluation forms the basis for the programme-oriented funding that is allocated to Helmholtz research. Within the six research fields, Helmholtz scientists cooperate with each other and with external partners – working across disciplinary, organizational and national borders.

Promoting young academics

Helmholtz scientists, a high-performance infrastructure and modern and efficient research management are the ingredients to the Helmholtz Association‘s success and global impact.
Promoting young researchers is a major priority for the Helmholtz Association. Its qualification schemes for young researchers are geared mainly towards PhD students, postdocs and young managers. The Helmholtz Association has set high standards for its talent management. Its strategy begins with targeted recruitment of highly qualified staff at all levels, followed by comprehensive support aimed at further developing their potential. Ensuring equal opportunities is an essential element in all talent management activities undertaken by the Helmholtz Association.

The Helmholtz Graduate Schools and Research Schools at almost all Helmholtz Centres provide doctoral students with the general and specific skills and training they need, as well as ample opportunity to network with other working groups. The period following a doctorate is decisive in determining the direction and success of a scientific career. For this reason, we are about to establish Career Centers for postdoctoral researchers in the Helmholtz centres and a mentoring programme for especially gifted PostDocs in order to foster career orientation. This equips young researchers with the skills they need to go on to head a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group, for example. As a Young Investigator Group leader, junior scientists can independently set up their own group to conduct research in their specialist field.

Within its talent management strategy, the Helmholtz Association pays special attention to the increased recruitment of talented female scientists both from Germany and abroad. To this end, there are currently two funding programs supporting this policy Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)’ and ‘Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)’.

The increasing complexity of the content, structures and framework conditions of scientific work today requires researchers to organise their projects, their employees and, of course, themselves in a highly professional and effective way. In response to these demands, we have set up the Helmholtz Management Academy to provide junior leaders in science with professional management training. Furthermore, the Helmholtz network provides a platform for the alumni of the Helmholtz Management Academy and Mentoring programme to come together and share their experiences of leadership, career development and lifelong learning.

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