Scientific Officer Non-Communicable Diseases (M/F/D)

Scientific Officer Non-Communicable Diseases (M/F/D)

Robert Koch-Institut

Berlin, Germany

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 1,150 people, provides excellent research infrastructure and pursues a modern approach to its scientific work.

The newly established Centre for International Health Protection (ZIG) will consolidate the international work of the RKI from 2019 onwards. The Information Centre for International Health Protection (ZIG 1) is one section of the new ZIG, responsible for Public Health Intelligence, partner coordination and reporting.

For the Division ZIG 1 of the department ZIG we are looking for

Scientific Officer Non-Communicable Diseases (M/F/D)

(salary dependent on qualifications and experience in accordance with public sector wage scale [TVöD] up to grade EG 14).

Subject to the final approval the position is to be filled from 1st of January 2019. The contract is unlimited.

The jobholder will report directly to the Head of ZIG 1 and will collaborate closely with the other units at ZIG and at RKI at large.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • In close cooperation with partner countries and institutions support the continuous development and strengthening of public health activities in the field of non-communicable diseases in developing countries, including health monitoring, development of databases, IT tools, web platforms, procedures and practices;
  • Liaison and active collaboration with experts within the RKI, especially with Department for Epidemiology and Health Monitoring, and externally, with a specific focus on the strengthening of the detection and assessment of public health relevant issues related to non-communicable diseases in developing countries;
  • Support the assessment, evaluation, and development of health monitoring systems in developing countries;*
  • Contribute to the regular reporting of ZIG 1 with a focus on non-communicable diseases;
  • Participate in international outbreak response by RKI or international partners (e. g. GOARN);*
  • Assist international partners in the early detection and assessment of non-communicable disease problems and provide expertise and training as required.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • University graduate (State Examination, university diploma, Master’s), preferably in medicine or related sciences;
  • Additional qualification with a focus on epidemiology or public health (e. g. MPH, MSE, MIH, FETP, EPIET, EIS, PhD) is an advantage;
  • Working experience in public health, or epidemiology;
  • Practical experience in writing and editing scientific publications and reports;
  • Experience in international outbreak response and/or international project work;
  • Sound knowledge of the non-infectious diseases is an advantage;
  • Experience in cooperating with international partners is an advantage;
  • Language skills (CEFR level): German, at least C1 (advanced); English, at least C1 (advanced); additional French language skills is an advantage
  • Willingness and physical fitness for international secondments (e.g. WHO, ECDC) for up to 6 months and for outbreak response missions.

You structure your own work effectively and you keep always an overview. You are able to analyze easily the elements of problems and processes. You develop your own ideas and implement them in practical terms, including presenting relevant material in a clear and concise way. You enjoy cooperating with international partners and are trustworthy, professional and reliable. You maintain relationships with partners inside and outside the RKI through regular contact.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Andreas Jansen
Tel.: +49 30 18754-3459

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 life-work 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 31st of January 2019. Please note the position identification number: 486502 (StellenID)/Kz. 122/18.

If you have questions about the application procedure, please contact
Doreen Hampson
Telefon: +49 30 18754-3732

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