The UFZ has a strong commitment to diversity and actively supports equal opportunities for all employees regardless of their origin, religion, ideology, disability, age or sexual identity.
We look forward to applications from people who are open-minded and enjoy working in diverse teams.
Place of work::
100% (39h/per week)
limited contract / December 31, 2026
Remuneration according to the TVöD public-sector up to pay grade 13 including attractive public-sector social security benefits.
Your contact for any questions you may have about the job: Ursula Schmitz
Phone: +49 341 235‑1833
Please submit your application via our online portal with your cover letter, CV (please omit your photo, age, or marital status) and relevant attachments.
The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz Association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.
Project Manager (f/m/x)
for the implementation of the project InHand@UFZ to improve risk management in international scientific collaborations
The staff unit ZENCO (Centre Development and Scientific Controlling) supports the executive management of the UFZ in all matters of centre development. This includes initiating and maintaining strategic international collaboration. International cooperation is essential for competitive, successful environmental research. At the same time, however, it entails risks. These may include misuse of data, knowledge or technologies of the UFZ, violation of legal regulations or non-compliance with basic ethical principles, and must be considered appropriately and systematically.
To facilitate informed and responsible decision-making with regard to international collaborations, the Helmholtz Association supports the project "InHand@UFZ – Institutionalizing the management of risks in international collaboration at the UFZ". The goals of InHand@UFZ include raising awareness of the risks in international collaboration, improving administrative processes and providing UFZ scientists with easy-to-use tools and processes for dealing responsibly with these risks. For the implementation of the project InHand@UFZ we are looking for a dedicated project manager (f/m/x) as of January 01, 2024.
The position is intended to be filled full-time, part-time may be possible.
The appointment to the position will take place subject to the formal project approval by the funding authorities.
Management of the InHand@UFZ project, including realization of project tasks and coordination of work packages and tasks with the responsible units of the administration and the Scientific and Technical Council of the UFZ
Testing and further development of tools for risk-opportunity assessment of international collaborations in cooperation with scientists of the UFZ and external experts as well as identification of UFZ research fields with increased risk potential
Establishment of a UFZ-specific information portal for risk‑opportunity assessment on the UFZ intranet
Implementation of a management system for decision-making in case of collaborations with increased risk potential
Broad internal and targeted external communication of project content and progress
Participation in the Helmholtz Working Group International Affairs and organization of Helmholtz-wide events
Exchange and cooperation with national and international experts in risk management
Engagement for the acquisition of further third-party funds is possible
Interesting project work on the very relevant topic of risk management in international scientific cooperation involving the opportunity to independently shape and further develop measures
Multifaceted insights into the administrative and scientific operation of an interdisciplinary research center of outstanding national and international reputation
A corporate culture that encourages the contribution of ideas, energy and initiative
Work in a committed team
Close cooperation with scientists as well as with administrative staff
Excellent integration into national and international networks
Opportunity for work stays in Germany and abroad
Work in a vibrant region with a high quality of life and wide cultural offering
Offers for work-life balance such as flexible working hours and childcare support
Interesting career opportunities and a comprehensive range of training and further education courses
University degree (Master's or Doctoral degree)
Experience in non-European research cooperation (e.g. with China) and/or research administration
Interest in inter- and transdisciplinary environmental research and intercultural cooperation
Experience in the practical management of ethical risks would be an advantage
Interest in working at the interface between science and administration
Outstanding communication skills
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to work in a team and capability of working independently
Very good command of English
Good skills in the German language would be an advantage
Experience in project management would be an advantage
Expertise in an area of environmental research would be an advantage