Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)

Chair of the Board and Scientific Director (m/f/x)

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)

Berlin, Germany

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) is an internationally renowned biomedical research center. Researchers at the MDC investigate the molecular mechanisms of health and disease, and translate those findings into medical applicaton. The MDC is a research institution funded by the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin, and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.

MDC researchers collaborate closely with colleagues at Berlin universities, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Berlin Institute of Health and many other institutions. The MDC is a member institution of the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) and the National Cohort. Additionally, the MDC works with biotech companies and the pharmaceutical industry in developing applications from its research.

The MDC has a current annual budget of approximately € 180 million. Around 1,250 employees and 500 guests currently work at the Center’s sites in Berlin-Buch and Berlin-Mitte. Employee diversity is one of its strengths, enhancing the creativity and innovative spirit at the MDC. The MDC invites applications for the position of

Chair of the Board and Scientific Director (m/f/x)

to be filled as soon as possible.

The Chair of the Board simultaneously serves as the Scientific irector and officiallyrepresents the Center and its research, especially at the intersection of science and politics. The candidate is expected to advance the development of the MDC within the Helmholtz Association and the collaboration with strategic partners, such as Charité – Universitätsmedizin, the Berlin Institute of Health and universities in Berlin. The candidate shares responsibility with the Administrative Director for the operative management and sustainable success of the Center.

Due to the responsibilities and size of the Center as well as the close collaboration with partners in universities, clinics, corporations and other national and international research centers, the candidate will need excellent leadership and communication skills, as well as experience in the scientific management of an internationa scientific institution or in similar areas. Additional prerequiites are an ability to develop strategic plans, to present and implement these persuasively and assertively, and to integrate staff members effectively. The candidate is also expected to have experience in international cooperation and in the transfer of knowledge from research and science into society.

A strong track record in basic biomedical research and/or translational medicine and/or pharmaceutical research and development is also required.

Experience is expected in strategic corporate management as well as in interactions with governance bodies such as supervisory boards and international scientific advisor boards. Excellent English and German language skills are required, and knowledge of the German research system would be an advantage.

The position will be filled for five years, with the possibilitof extension for additional terms. The salary will be based on the remunerative framework for prominent university professors, with the possibility of performance-related remuneration.

The members of the Helmholtz Association have set the goal of attracting more women into leadership and decision-making positions in science and research. Therefore, we especially encourage qualified female candidates to apply. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification

Contact: Specific questions regarding this position should be directed o:
Prof. Dr. Veronika von Messling, e-mail:

Applications should be sent both electronically (by e-mail) and through the post.
They must be received by 30.04.2020 and should be addressed to:

Frau MinDir’in Prof. Dr. Veronika von Messling
Vorsitzende des Aufsichtsrates des MDC und Vorsitzende der Findungskommission
– persönlich –
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Kapelle Ufer 1
10117 Berlin

We would like to point out that your documents will be made accessible to the selection committee and to an external recruitment agency. The selection committee is composed of representatives from the Supervisory Board and the Scientific Advisory Board of the MDC, the FederalMinistry of Education and Research, as well as external researchers and guests. Please note the MDC’s data privacy policies: data-privacy and (Data protection declaration for applicants)

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Chair of the Board and Scientific Director (m/f/x)