Scientific officer

Scientific officer

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

10589 Berlin, Berlin, Germany


The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is the national institute which prepares expert reports and opinions on questions concerning the safety of food, feed and chemicals, as well as consumer health protection, on the basis of internationally recognised scientific evaluation 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 temporary position is to be filled from 01.02.2019 for the duration of the project (approx. 3 years) in the Chemicals and Product Safety department at the BfR in the ”Coordination and Overall Assessment” unit:

- Salary group 13 TVöD -

Reference number: 2094/2018

Part-time work is possible.

The job is being announced within the scope of two EU third party-funded projects, the nanoCommons infrastructure project and the H2020 project Gov4Nano. A number of data resources and/or databases on nanomaterials currently exist in Europe containing very different data in various forms/formats. Both projects involve work on a harmonised data infrastructure viable for the future for nanoEHS data. The nanoCommons project opens up opportunities for transnational access to data, databases and data evaluation tools. The Gov4Nano project requires the data structure as the central pillar of a science and evidence-based nano-governance framework.

The individual duties are as follows:

  • Optimisation and harmonisation of processes for collecting and utilising nanoEHS data (including data on the physicochemical characterisation of nanomaterials, on exposure, and on (eco)-toxicological effects) and the long-term archiving of this data for various purposes (including nanomaterial grouping, read-across, safe-by-design, development of nanoQSAR models)
  • Collaboration in the drafting of guidance documents, quality criteria, coordination of database formats, ontologies and data management systems
  • Collaboration in specific case studies (involving data search, data import/export, data analysis with regard to completeness, consistency, plausibility and quality etc.)
  • Preparation and standardisation of processes/tools for utilising the data for risk assessment and management, coupling to risk decision tools
  • Interaction with various stakeholders (eliciting of requirements and dissemination of project results)
  • Management support (nanoCommons) and co-management (Gov4Nano) of a work package
  • Participation in meetings and conferences
  • Drafting of publications, reports, deliverables and presentation of the data in the form of posters or presentations


  • University degree (master’s, diploma or comparable degree) in Toxicology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Pharmacy or comparable subject, doctorate preferred
  • Profound knowledge of nanotechnology and nanotoxicology
  • Fundamental knowledge of risk assessment in general and the risk assessment of nanomaterials in particular
  • Basic knowledge of regulations (e.g. REACH etc.) of advantage
  • Expertise in the handling of databases and profound knowledge of various data analysis methods are a prerequisite
  • Very good written and spoken English
  • Good computer literacy as well as a conscientious work approach, flexibility, ability to work in a team and the ability to cope with pressure are prerequisites

The place of work is Berlin.

More detailed information is available from Dr. Haase (Tel.: 030 18412-3423) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Luch (Tel.: 030 18412-4538).
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, and is therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from women. 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.

Application procedure
Does this appeal to you?
Then please submit your application via our online system by 13 December 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact: Please do not send any applications to this e-mail address.
If you are unable to submit your application online, you have the option of sending it by standard mail, stating the relevant reference number (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, Personalreferat - 11.17 -, Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10, 10589 Berlin, Germany).

This text version is a translation of the original German text which is the only legally binding version.

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Quote Reference: Federal Institute for Risk Assessment-Federal_Institute_for_Risk_Assessment-2094/2018