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Head of the Core Facility "Omics IT and Data Management"

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum / German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). Heidelberg, 21.06.2017

The German Cancer Research Center is committed to increase the percen­tage of female scien­tists and encour­ages female appli­cants to apply. Among candi­dates of equal aptitude and quali­fi­ca­tions, a person with dis­abili­ties will be given preference.

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The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With approximately 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research. The DKFZ has one of the largest sequencing units in Europe and is within extensive international networks (ICGC, IHEC, etc) and programs in the field of precision medicine, where thousands of tumor genome data sets are collected each year.

The Management Board of the DKFZ invites applications for a position as

Head of the Core Facility
„Omics IT and Data

(Ref-No. 183/2017)

We are seeking an expert in the field of data management and data processing for establishing and managing the new core facility “Omics IT and Data Management“. Existing infrastructure and methods at the DKFZ will be integrated and centralized in this service unit. Your responsibilities will include coordinating the development and implementation of standard protocols for processing, storage and management of ‘omics data and metadata at the DKFZ, as well as the administration of data servers in close cooperation with the IT core facility. A central part of the role will be the realization of internal cloud concepts, the administration of scientific compute servers, and the quality assurance of scientific data. The service of the core facility includes primary data processing with automated pipelines and supporting researchers in exporting data to public data repositories. We offer an exciting position in an outstanding and internationally competitive research environment.
Your profile:
  • University degree (ideally PhD) in natural sciences, mathematics or computer science
  • Proven expertise in the field of data management and data processing
  • Extensive experience in high performance computing and in working with parallel file systems (e.g. Lustre, GPFS)
  • A deep understanding of biological and medical data
  • Ability to quickly comprehend complex concepts
  • Structured, problem-solving and service-oriented mode of action
  • Experience in directing complex IT projects with accountability for staff and budgets
  • Willingness to cooperate closely with existing core facilities and scientific groups
  • Experience in leadership
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English and German
  • Highly flexible and able to work to tight deadlines

The position is initially limited to 5 years.
The position can in principle be part-time.

For further information please contact
Prof. Dr. Benedikt Brors,
phone +49 6221 42-3614.