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Head of Research Information, Data and Library Services (m/f/d)

Berlin-Buch | Max Delbrück Center

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association is an international biomedical research center dedicated to understanding the molecular mechanisms of health and disease with the goal to devise new diagnostics and medicines. The MDC is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization, and offers an engaging research environment with cutting-edge research infrastructure. Currently, ~1250 employees and ~500 guest scientists work at the Berlin-Buch and Berlin-Mitte campuses. Our diverse workforce is a core strength that inspires creativity and innovation at the MDC.

The MDC is committed to improving human health through transformative biomedical research. Our goal is to pioneer discoveries for preventing, treating, and ultimately curing disease.

Join us on July 1, 2024, and strengthen our team as Head of Research Information, Data and Library Services (m/f/d)

The MDC is seeking a strategically thinking, inspiring and forward looking individual to lead the Department of Research Information, Data and Library Services, which combines the functions of a modern library and research data management for life sciences. The head of the department will be responsible for creating a hub for scientific information management, policy development, and training: from research data to publications. The department will play a central role in shaping and implementing strategic goals of the MDC, including an open science transformation and the integration of artificial intelligence in all relevant processes of research data access and publication. This will be implemented at the interface of science, research data management, and IT infrastructure within the MDC and national research data infrastructures.

Job Description

  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for library functions, scientific information management, and research data management
  • Lead a team of currently 6 employees providing organizational and professional leadership
  • Manage the team and develop services with regard to data management, and consult scientists in the area of metadata (standards, conception of appropriate metadata frameworks), data management plans, data publication in repositories, implementation of FAIR principles, handling of sensitive personal data
  • Collaborate with scientists, bioinformatics experts and IT professionals to ensure effective data management, and training of the research community
  • Collaborate with research institutions and infrastructures (i.e., the Helmholtz network, national and international consortia, and other communication networks)
  • Point of contact for coordination function for open science at the MDC
  • Conduct training, workshops, and information events for scientists at the MDC and in the Berlin and Helmholtz community


  • Advanced degree in library science, information science, bioinformatics or related field
  • Several years of professional experience in scientific information management and in-depth technical knowledge in library, information science or comparable areas
  • Strong skills in leadership and change management
  • Proven expertise in research data management in life sciences and familiarity with artificial intelligence in the field of scientific information services
  • Familiarity with relevant scientific and management software and tools
  • Expertise in open access transformation and all areas of electronic publishing
  • High organizational, strategic, and social competence including mindful management of diversity
  • Outstanding communication skills and language skills in English and German (C1) 

We offer

  • international working environment with communication in English and German
  • interesting career opportunities and a range of opportunities for further qualification and training
  • Compatibility of family and career certified by the workandfamily audit (“berufundfamilie audit”)
  • Support for "New Berliners" through the MDC Welcome & Family Office
  • On-campus health and fitness center
  • International working environment with communication in English and German
  • Attractive career opportunities and professional training
  • Compatibility of family and career certified by the berufundfamilie audit
  • Dedicated support for "New Berliners" (Welcome & Family Office)
  • Company health management with fitness center

You additionally benefit from:

  • A stimulating and stable position with diverse responsibilities, offering the opportunity to contribute your own ideas amidst Germany's premier science hub, the Berlin-Buch campus
  • An attractive salary according to the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (TVöD-Bund), including a company pension, annual bonuses, and a job ticket
  • Flexible working hours and childcare services
  • 30 days of annual leave
  • An idyllic green campus that is easily accessible by bicycle, public transport, or car

Further Information:

Job Type:

Sachbearbeitung Vorstand | board of directors

Application Period:
June 02, 2024

MDC Berlin-Buch

Die Vergütung erfolgt nach TVöD Bund, je nach Vorliegen der persönlichen Voraussetzungen bis Entgeltgruppe 15.

Employment volume:
Full Time
Die Anzahl der Wochenstunden beträgt 39 Stunden.

Desired starting date:
July 01, 2024


Stefanie Leh
Sachbearbeitung Vorstand | board of directors / 030 9406 3283

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:
MDC values diversity and is committed to fostering an inclusive, fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish. All qualified applicants will receive equitable consideration for employment based on their experience and qualifications, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or other personal characteristics. We recognize that creating diverse teams that represent a broad range of experiences, perspectives and backgrounds strengthen our work and research. We welcome applications from open-minded people who embrace working together in a diverse environment. Applications from severely disabled people will be given particular consideration.

Please use our online portal and submit your application including a cover letter, CV (without photo, age and information about your family status) and other relevant attachments.

If you have a foreign degree, please submit proof of the recognition of your Master's degree in Germany with your application. The proof can be determined via the anabin database ( and can be submitted as a PDF attachment to the application.

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