Senior Scientist (M/F/D)

Senior Scientist (M/F/D)

Robert Koch-Institut

Berlin, Germany

Promoting Research and Evidence Sharing Knowledge
Protecting and Improving Health

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.

Operating as a matrix structure within the ZIG, the Unit for Public Health Laboratory Support (ZIG 4) will develop in close cooperation with other units of the RKI public health laboratory capacities in partner countries through knowledge and technology transfer and the initiation of and the participation in common research projects relevant for international public health protection.

For the unit ZIG 4 we are looking for a

Deputy Head of Unit (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 by the next possible date. The contract is unlimited.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Lead establishment and improvement of laboratory capacities in partner countries
  • Participate in concept development and implementation of training courses to support and improve laboratories in participating countries
  • Participate in international field missions in public health emergencies
  • Assist in export of laboratory equipment and shipment of biological samples
  • Establish and lead cooperation with partner institutions in Germany and abroad in the establishment of mobile diagnostic laboratories
  • Create and / or contribute to research projects and other projects to strengthen international health protection
  • Lead and monitor the development of training programs for laboratory diagnostics
  • Develop and standardise best practice for quality management in partner countries

Requirements and qualifications:

  • University degree (State Examination, university diploma, Master’s) and Ph.D., or equivalent in biosciences or a related area
  • Highly experienced in virology and / or bacteriology and in a broad spectrum of modern methods in molecular biology
  • Appropriate professional experience in molecular (and mobile) diagnostics
  • Excellent ability to coordinate and manage projects and activities in changing teams
  • Experience in leading staff is desired
  • Competence in writing grant applications and project reporting
  • Experience in quality management and good microbiology practice
  • Communication skills to convey scientific and technological topics to different audiences
  • Willingness to travel and to participate in international field missions
  • Willingness to engage in export control regulations
  • Physical fitness to perform the duties linked to the position
  • Language skills (CERF level): German at least B2 (intermediate) and English at least C1 (advanced); knowledge of French is of advantage

We expect non-German speaking applicants to be willing to obtain the level of language proficiency required to function effectively in our work environment.

You structure your work autonomously and effectively and always have an overview. You are able to analyse systematically 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 a good relationship with partners through regular contact.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Heinz Ellerbrok
Tel.: ++49 30 18754-2258

Please note that in single cases the Federal Ministry of Health may access your application documents to ensure appropriate personnel selection within its scope as supervisory authority. Your data will be deleted immediately after the completion of the application process.

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 4th of February 2019. Please note the position identification number: 48791
(StellenID) / Kz. 127/18

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

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Please apply via recruiter’s website.