German Cancer Research Center in the Helmholtz Association (DKFZ)

Scientific Coordinator of the German Human Genome Phenome Archive

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ)

Heidelberg, Germany

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.

The Division of Computational Genomics and System Genetics is seeking a

Scientific Coordinator of the German Human Genome Phenome Archive (Ref-No. 2020-0169)

A position as scientific coordinator of the recently funded infrastructure initiative German Human Genome Phenome Archive (GHGA, is available at the German Cancer Research Center.

Briefly, GHGA has been funded as one of currently 9 national infrastructure consortia which will be operated within the framework of the national research data infrastructure (NFDI, The goal of GHGA is to establish a national infrastructure for the archival, analysis and the dissemination of human omics data. GHGA is implemented as a federated infrastructure, which currently connects six data centers across Germany to the federated network of the European Genome Phenome Archive (EGA, To enable long-term scalability and respect national data security regulations, the EGA is undergoing a transition to a federated model, with GHGA operating as an EGA node for Germany. GHGA has an ambitious long-term concept with an initial focus on providing technological infrastructure and services for rare disease genetics and oncology. With its 16 partners the GHGA network spans all major omics centers in Germany. At DKFZ, GHGA brings together research and service activities across key teams that develop and apply genomics technologies:

- Ivo Buchhalter ( data stewardship & first-level user support, Data hub implementation & operation - Benedikt Brors: ( Training & user experience, Community data curation - Stefan Fröhling ( Translation & cancer community - Daniel Hübschmann ( Front end development & maintenance - Martin Lablans ( FAIR Data & Interoperability - Peter Lichter ( Translation & cancer community - Oliver Stegle ( GHGA consortium spokesperson & back end development

Description: We are looking for a senior scientific coordinator, who is responsible for operating the GHGA infrastructure and who coordinates organizational matters across the consortium, located at the GHGA head office at the DKFZ. The successful candidate will lead an interdisciplinary team, which connects administrative tasks with the management of the scientific aims of GHGA. This role comes with a substantial level of independence and presents a unique opportunity to shape the strategy of GHGA together with the board of directors and the members of the consortium.

Your responsibilities: - Coordination of the GHGA head office - Oversight of administrative responsibilities for GHGA, including reporting and the organization of meetings, etc. - Development and implementation of the GHGA scientific strategy together with its partners - Project management and implementation of the aims of GHGA - Communication strategy and outreach

Your profile: The successful applicant will hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualification in computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, or a biological field, with demonstrated experience in scientific project management.

The ideal applicant should have demonstrated the ability to work independently and creatively. We look for excellent written and oral communication skills, both in German and English. Prior experience in managing and coordinating large scientific projects and/or infrastructures is required.

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

The position is limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation. The position can in principle be part-time.

For further information please contact Eva Sabine Blum, phone +49 6221 42-3601.

The German Cancer Research Center is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and encourages female applicants to apply. Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.

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Quote Reference: Ref-No. 2020-0169