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 two-year fixed term position is now available in the “Epidemiology, Statistics and Exposure Modelling” unit of the Exposure department at the BfR:

Scientific Officer (f/m/d)
Reference number: 2296/2019 | Pay group 14 TVöD
Part-time employment is possible.

The fixed term contract is set on the basis of Section 14(2) of the Act on Part-Time Work and Fixed-Term Employment (Teilzeit- und Befristungsgesetz) or the Act on Fixed-Term Contracts in Academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz) insofar as the applicant satisfies the statutory requirements.
There is the possibility to extend the fixed term contract to a permanent position, subject to the allocation of positions in the budget.

The range of tasks includes:

  • Analysing data from laboratory tests using bioinformatic and mathematic/statistical methods. This includes special laboratory data such as ‘omics’ or ‘multi-omics’ and data with big data characteristics.
  • Developing methods and tools for quantitative risk assessmentin the field of food, product and chemical safety and authenticity testing.

Key tasks also include taking responsibility for coordinating and carrying out and contributing to projects; statistical consulting, including the technical implementation and documentation of statistical analyses with the statistical packages; writing of scientific publications and reports; obtaining external funding; participartion in and chairing of expert committees; and teaching of trainings courses


  • University degree (masters, diploma (university) or a comparable university degree) in bioinformatics, statistics, mathematics, information technology, physics, a life science with an appropriate specialisation or further study or a similar discipline, Ph D required
  • Practical work experience in and very good knowledge of one of the aforementioned disciplines and further practical experience and knowledge of one of the BfR’s disciplines, such as epidemiology, biology, veterinary and human medicine, chemistry or toxicology
  • Sound knowledge of bioinformatic methods
  • Sound knowledge of frequentist and Bayesian statistics
  • Knowledge of the application and development of methods in the fields of computational statistics, simulation-based methods and machine learning advantageous
  • Basic knowledge of deterministic and stochastic risk modelling or the simulation of biological systems dynamics (deterministic, stochastic) advantageous
  • Advanced knowledge of the application of statistical software (R and SPSS or SAS or equivalent programmes), basic knowledge of the application and development of a risk assessment tool (e.g. @Risk)
  • Knowledge of scientific programming, e.g. in Python or Matlab, Mathematica, etc. advantageous
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English and basic German, as well as willingness to learn required
  • A conscientious way of working, flexibility, teamwork and resilience as well as willingness to travel for work are required

What we can offer you:

  • flexible working hours without core working time
  • 30 days’ annual leave (based on a 5-day week)
  • mobile working opportunities
  • excellent links to the public transport network
  • wide range of further training opportunities
  • travel pass
  • VBL occupational pension
  • capital-forming benefits
  • AWO-Familienservice/Family Service

The place of employment is Berlin.

Application process:
Does this position appeal to you?
Then please apply by 28 January 2020 via our online system

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:
PD Dr Müller-Graf Tel.: 030 18412-23300
Prof. Dr Greiner Tel.: 030 18412-23000

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: 2296/2019