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Head of Security Department (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.

We are excited to offer you an exciting career opportunity in our company! Starting from June 1, 2024, we are seeking a responsible and dedicated individual for the position of Head of Security Department (m/f/d).

Job Description

  • planning and implementation of security policies, strategic advancement of the Security Department
  • regular conduct, identification, and minimization of potential hazards
  • Leading a team of 4 employees, providing professional guidance to all security officers, ensuring personnel, organizational, and professional aspects
  • Development and execution of training programs for MDC employees in German and English, enhancing awareness of security standards
  • Development, implementation, and monitoring for occupational safety, biological safety, fire protection, and radiation safety
  • Provision of expertise and assistance with biological agents, action instructions, and hygiene plans
  • effective implementation of security policies and procedures through collaboration with various departments
  • Preparation and guidance of scientific teams during regular audits by authorities
  • taking over consultation and control according to GenTG for all MDC research groups
  • Conducting emergency drills and creating emergency plans to ensure responsiveness in critical situations
  • Managing security documentation and records according to legal requirements


  • Completed degree in Security Management, Engineering, Natural Sciences, or a comparable qualification
  • Several years of relevant professional experience in a managerial position, in the field of security
  • Solid knowledge of relevant security regulations, standards, and practices
  • Proof of expertise as a Biological Safety Officer and certification as a Specialist for Occupational Safety
  • Relevant and in-depth knowledge of laws: BiostoffV, Infection Protection Act, Stem Cell Act
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Independent, proactive work approach, ability to work under pressure and prioritize; ability to analyze complex problems and develop effective solutions
  • Goal-oriented, flexible, and cooperative work style
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, negotiation skills
  • Very good German and English language skills both written and spoken, at least at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

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

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
  • a secure job
  • Subsidy for the job ticket as well as discounts in the campus canteen
  • additional health benefits such as flu vaccination, eye test, ergonomics advice at the workplace
  • the possibility of mobile working
  • free use of Nextbike from the Buch S-Bahn station to the campus

Further Information:

Job Type:

Sachbearbeitung Vorstand | board of directors

Application Period:
May 31, 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

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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