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Application administrator (DataSHIELD/Opal)

scientific-technical staff

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) is a leading international biomedical research center with the goal of elucidating the molecular mechanisms of health and disease in order to create the basis for new therapies and diagnostic procedures. The MDC is a member of the largest scientific organization in Germany - the Helmholtz Association - and offers a stimulating and interactive research environment with the most modern infrastructure. Currently, 1,250 employees and approximately 500 guests work at the locations in Berlin-Buch and Berlin-Mitte. The diversity of our workforce is a strength and promotes creativity and innovative spirit at the MDC.

The Molecular Epidemiology Research Group at the MDC studies the relationship between lifestyle, genetic, metabolic, and environmental factors with risk and outcome of chronic diseases in human populations. We participate in the National Research Data Infrastructure for Personal Health Data (NFDI4Health), which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG ). NFDI4Health aims to create the most comprehensive inventory of German epidemiological, public health and clinical trial data. As part of NFDI4Health we focus on establishing and enabling services for distributed data analytics, including DataSHIELD.
We are looking for an application administrator for set-up and maintenance of a central server infrastructure that connects to the DataSHIELD servers of data holders, and that serves as access point for distributed data analysis.

Job Description

As member of the Molecular Epidemiology Research Group you will be responsible for administration and maintenance of the local DataSHIELD server infrastructure that will connect to the DataSHIELD servers of data holders and that will serve as access point for distributed data analysis. The DataSHIELD server infrastructure is hosted by the IT department of the MDC. In addition, you will provide information and assistance for set-up and maintenance of DataSHIELD to partners, including, among others, installation and maintenance manuals, and provide support for development of necessary training material for distributed data analysis.


Applicants should have a degree in informatics or bioinformatics, alternatively with profound experience in biomedical or healthcare data analysis (preferably with tools like DataSHIELD). The ideal candidate should have skills in programming in R, as well as in administration of databases / datawarehouses, such as Opal. Candidates should be interested in the medical field and should be able to communicate with partners of the consortium across a wide range of different areas. Candidates should be able to communicate fluently in written and oral English. German communication skills are beneficial.

We offer

  • International working environment with communication in English and German
  • Interesting career opportunities and a comprehensive range of qualification and further training opportunities
  • Compatibility of family and career certified by the berufundfamilie audit
  • Varied support for "New Berliners" (Welcome & Family Office)
  • Company health management with fitness center

You also benefit from:

  • A remuneration in accordance with the collective agreement for the federal public service (TVöD-Bund), including additional company pension schemes
  • Flexible working hours and childcare support
  • An idyllic green campus, which is easily accessible by bicycle, public transport or car


Application Period:
November 08, 2020

MDC Berlin-Buch

Remuneration will be according to the TVöD Bund, depending on the personal requirements, up to the fee group E11

Employment volume:
Full Time

Desired starting date:
December 01, 2020

Fixed Term
Fixed Term. The position is limited to 2 year with the possibility of extension.

Prof. Tobias Pischon
Molecular Epidemiology Research Group

Parity and equal status:
The MDC is committed to diversity and actively promotes equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, health impairment, age or sexual identity. We look forward to receiving applications from open-minded people who enjoy working in diverse teams. Applications from severely disabled persons will be given special consideration.

Please use our online portal and submit your application as one pdf file (5 MB max, including a cover letter, CV, references as well as relevant educational and degree certificates)

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