Robert Koch Institute (RKI)

Research Position Bioinformatics (all genders)

Robert Koch Institute (RKI)

Berlin, Germany

Promoting Research and Evidence
Sharing Knowledge
Protecting and Improving Health

Founded in 1891, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is one of the world’s oldest biomedical research institutions. Today, the RKI is Germany’s national public health institute. It employs more than 1,300 people, provides excellent research infrastructure and pursues a modern approach to its scientific work.

We are offering the following position in unit MF 1 “Bioinformatics” of department MF “Methodology and Research Infrastructure” for a

Research Position Bioinformatics (all genders)
(salary in accordance with public sector wage scale [TVöD] E 13)

The contract is limited until 31st December, 2022. The position will be available immediately.

The third-party funded project PHIMS-TB is a cooperation project between the Research Center Borstel-Leibniz Lung Center and the Robert Koch Institute. The aim of the project is to establish and demonstrate the functionality of an intensified and integrated molecular surveillance for the control of infectious diseases and the benefit for public health in Germany using Tuberculosis (TB) as an example.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Implement methods and algorithms for a SNP-based chain of transmission analysis based on NGS data
  • Establish scalable workflows and data structures for bioinformatics analysis in the context of molecular surveillance at the RKI
  • Develop algorithms and methods for the bioinformatics analysis of NGS data in OpenBIS (
  • Publication and presentation of results
  • Cooperation with consortium partners

Requirements and qualifications:

  • University degree in natural science (Master’s level, Diploma) for instance (Bio-)Informatics, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Biology
  • Doctoral degree is an advantage
  • Working experience with the analysis of experimental and high throughput (biological) data
  • Experience in drafting scientific publications
  • Experience in the collaborative work with experimental research groups, in particular the capacity to translate the biological questions into bioinformatics applications
  • Expert knowledge in the analysis of NGS-data
  • Good level of programming skills (Python, R, higher languages are a plus)
  • Knowledge in molecular biology (especially Genomics)
  • Advanced knowledge and practical experience in at least ONE of the following areas would be considered a plus:
    Phylogenetics or population genomics and transmission chain detection; Proficiency with clustering methods; Software development and databases; Biostatistics/statistical analysis; Integration of molecular and epidemiological data (molecular surveillance); Microbiology and Infection biology
  • Language requirements (CEFR Level): English at least C1 (expert knowledge), Elementary knowledge (A2) in German would be a plus

You attach great importance to a work environment that demands your own ideas and initiative. You can independently develop complex projects, implement them efficiently and lead them with perseverance successfully to their goal. Communication on equal terms is important. You can identify communication barriers, solve them and adapt well to maintaining cooperation with various partners.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Max von Kleist
phone: +49 30 18754 4458

Please note that in single cases the Federal Ministry of Health may access your application documents to ensure appropriate personnel selection within its scope as supervisory authority. Your data will be deleted immediately after the completion of the application process.

The RKI is located in Berlin – Germany’s vibrant, multicultural capital in the heart of Europe. The Institute’s facilities are set in the environment of a clean, green city that is home to first class art, historical and science museums and well-known theatres. Public transit links to other districts and the surrounding countryside are excellent.

The RKI offers flexible work hours and terms of employment that promote in as far as possible employee work-life balance. Education and training are also provided based on employee needs. The RKI also has a comprehensive health maintenance program and assists incoming staff members and their families in settling in their new location.

The RKI is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Submit your application via the public service job portal Interamt at
by 5th March, 2020.

Please note the position identification number: 568849 (StellenID)/Kz. 18/20 If you have questions about the application procedure, please contact Christine Steinicke,
phone: +49 30 18754 2653

To learn more about the RKI please visit the institute’s website at:

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 568849 (StellenID)/Kz. 18/20