Bioinformatics/Data Scientist Position with the Possibility to Obtain a PhD

Fraunhofer - Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

Hamburg, Germany

We are looking for a highly motivated data scientist with background in bioinformatics, computational biology or biostatistics to deliver informatics and knowledge management capabilities as part of collaborations with academic scientists and the pharmaceutical industry, e.g. “InfoCentre” of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) program New Drugs 4 Bad Bugs (see or the “Fraunhofer Medical Data Space” (see The role includes substantial opportunities for personal development. Suitably qualified applicants will have the opportunity to register for a PhD degree program.

The job opening includes the following responsibilities:

  • Support the management of IME-SP in their project to operate the InfoCentre for the New Drugs for Bad Bugs programme;
  • Design, develop, implement further Information Centers and/or applications for the Fraunhofer Medical Data Space;
  • Implement concepts, interfaces, and workflows, especially for data integration, analytics, visualisation, and result management for legacy and novel data from pharmaceutical industry, universities and SME collaborators;
  • Demonstrate drive and enthusiasm towards the project work;
  • Support handling and analysis of data from the IME-SP platforms;
  • Conduct all work safely, record data in an accurate, timely and Good Scientific Practice-compliant manner and to contribute to the smooth running of IME-SP.

What we expect from you:

  • A bioinformatics, computer science or related degree;
  • Experiences in Statistics and data analysis are a plus;
  • Masters are desirable, but not required, depending on work experience;
  • Understanding of the bioinformatics related methodologies when working within one or more of the following research disciplines: clinical research, pharmacology, toxicology or safety sciences;
  • Technical experience with at least 2 of the following areas or applications:
    • Statistical consultancy and data analysis with packages such as R, JMP, SAS;
    • Statistical analysis methods (e.g. Bayesian methods) and their applications in translational research and Biomarker discovery;
    • LIMS or ELN systems e.g. Accelrys Notebook, ActivityBase;
    • Data visualisation programs such as Prism, SigmaPlot, Spotfire, or Tableau;
    • Programming skills: database management, Java, Python, Perl or MS Office VBA;
    • Open Source Translational Research software tools: e.g. tranSMART, OpenCDMS, ObiBa.
  • Technical writing skills and the ability to document requirements and workflow analyses;
  • Good English, spoken and written;
  • Preferable, candidates would have a working knowledge of biological methods;
  • Ideal candidates would have relevant experience on bioinformatics methods related to preclinical research & drug discovery;
  • Willingness to regularly travel to our collaboration partners outside of Hamburg.

General information:

  • The position is initially limited to 2 years;
  • Appointment, remuneration and social security benefits based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD);
  • The regular working time according to the collective wage agreement consists of 39 hours per week;
  • In case of identical qualifications, preference will be given to severely disabled candidates;
  • The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is committed to providing equal career opportunities for men and women.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Grättinger (phone: +49 40 303764 270) or Prof. Dr. Claussen (phone: +49 40 303764 277).

How to apply:

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Please submit all relevant documents, including a cover letter which states your salary expectation as well as your earliest starting date.

Job Reference: IME-MB-2017-10
Closing Date: 23.06.2017

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new vistas.

The Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort located in Hamburg provides academic and industrial partners with access to capabilities and infrastructure to perform small molecule drug discovery. The business area ScreeningPort is composed of four units.

Drug Discovery – The Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort provides a complete drug discovery capability covering all stages from target validation via small molecule screening to candidate selection. Biomarker and Translational Research – In our specialist laboratory facilities embedded in a University clinical research centre, we prosecute biomarker discovery studies for clinical and pre-clinical research projects. Enabling Technologies – We actively develop and benchmarks novel assay and screening technologies in partnership with the life-science industry partners. Life-Science informatics - The Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort uses a panel of industry leading software tools and also develops new informatics solutions for in-house and external users.

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