Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Scientific Officer (f/m/d)

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Berlin, Germany

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is the national institute which prepares expert reports and opinions on questions of food, feed and chemical safety and consumer health protection in Germany on the basis of internationally recognised scientific assessment criteria. It advises the Federal Government and other institutions and interest groups in these areas. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks. It is an institution with legal capacity within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

The following fixed-term vacancy (until 30/06/2022) is now available in the “Study Centre for Genome Sequencing and Analysis” within the “BeONE – Building integrative tools for OneHealth Surveillance” research project at the BfR:

Scientific Officer (f/m/d)
Reference number: 2421/2019 | Pay group 14 TVöD
Part-time employment is possible.

The advertised position enables close international collaboration with leading European research institutes within the field of One Health. The BfR also provides direct access to the latest sequencing technologies, sophisticated computing infrastructure and broad experience in the field of microbial bioinformatics.


  • Work package coordination and participation in the One Health European Joint Programme (https://onehealthejp.eu/) BeOne research project to develop integrated tools for One Health surveillance
  • Development of software for linking microbiology and epidemiology
  • Application of ontology systems for metadata management
  • Evaluation and adaptation of tools for phylogenetic genome analyses, e.g. based on MLST or SNP methods
  • Development of an interactive dashboard for the international monitoring of outbreaks
  • Database development for the integration of heterogeneous distributed data from different research institutes
  • Linkage and visualisation of geographical, temporal, epidemiological and genomic data
  • Participation in international project meetings; preparation of reports, presentations and publications; coordination and communication with project partners
  • Training employees, trainees and students (bachelor’s and master’s degree students)


  • University degree (masters, diploma (university) or a comparable university degree) in bioinformatics, biotechnology, information technology or a similar discipline, doctorate desirable
  • Relevant practical experience in the field of biological data analysis required
  • Knowledge of handling next generation sequencing data and/or other omics data required
  • Sound knowledge of the script languages Python, R and/or bash required
  • Practical knowledge of the application and implementation of databases (e.g. MongoDB) an advantage
  • Practical experience of the use and development of APIs advantageous
  • Knowledge in the fields of microbiology, epidemiology or phylogeny desirable
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English required
  • Basic knowledge of spoken and written German required
  • Willingness to make presentations and participate in publication activities
  • Good computer skills and a conscientious way of working, flexibility, teamwork and resilience, as well as willingness to travel for work are required

The place of employment is Berlin.

Application process:
Does this position appeal to you? Then please apply by 20 January 2020 via our online system: Apply online

Please address any questions in connection with the application process to: bewerbung@bfr.bund.de
– Please do not send any applications to this email address –

If you are not able to apply online, please send your application by post quoting the respective reference number
Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung
Personalreferat – 11.17 -
Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10
10589 Berlin

Please address any questions about the area of responsibility to:
Dr S. Tausch Tel.: 030 18412-24906
Dr C. Deneke Tel.: 030 18412-24901

The BfR welcomes applications from people of all nationalities.
The BfR is an innovative scientific institute offering family-friendly working conditions for which it was awarded the “audit berufundfamilie®” (work and family) certificate. The BfR guarantees equal career opportunities for women and men. In the case of equal suitability, severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration and are only required to have a minimum level of physical suitability.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: 2421/2019