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Scientific Director (f/m/d) of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence - Public Health Research (ZKI-PH)
Robert Koch-Institut (RKI)
Promoting Research and Evidence
Protecting and Improving Health
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the Public Health Institute for Germany. Our
goal is to protect the population from disease and to improve their state of health.
At the RKI, 1,300 people from 90 different professions and over 50 nations work
and do research on this every day.
We are looking for a scientific director as head of the newly-established Centre for Artificial
Intelligence - Public Health Research (ZKI-PH) at the Robert Koch Institute in Wildau near Berlin.
The ZKI-PH aims to provide cutting-edge, evidence-based public health research and relies
on state-of-the-art, data-based technologies in its work. It is Germany's only and thus prime
federal centre for AI-based public health research. As scientific director you will build the new
centre in a future-oriented way, combine existing competencies in the field of digitalisation and
interlink public health research with topics such as bioinformatics, computational epidemiology,
modern data visualisation and big-data and systems analysis. The ZKI-PH will comprise
various departments with 40 permanent scientific staff positions. With the expected acquisition
of third-party funds, the centre is expected to have a staff of approximately 100 persons.
We are offering the position for a
Scientific Director of the Centre for Artificial
Intelligence - Public Health Research (ZKI-PH)
(salary dependent on qualifications and experience in accordance with German public sector
wage scale provisions [BBesG] up to grade B3)
The contract is unlimited. The position will be filled as soon as possible.
Tasks and responsibilities:
developing, managing, implementing and organising the prime high-level AI centre of
national and international relevance, including operational and strategic planning
development and strategic support of progress in the field of public health research using
data science at the RKI (e. g. machine learning, deep learning, image analysis, natural
language processing, cognitive and mathematical modeling, visualisation, simulation)
executive management, including HR responsibility for an approximately 100-strong staff
recruitment, retention and support of highly qualified staff for the establishment of the new
up-and-coming AI centre
steering and coordination of inter- and transdisciplinary public health research at the centre
by developing, acquiring and implementing new research and development projects
planning and further development of research cooperation with strategic partners at
national, European and global level
responsibility for strategic, institute-wide scientific networking and professional exchange
and acquisition of relevant collaborations and competitive funding opportunities
capacity building, including the promotion of young researchers, especially doctoral students
and early to mid-career researchers
responsibility for scientific quality assurance and a high-ranking publication strategy at
Requirements and qualifications:
university degree (master's or university diploma) with a PhD or equivalent in a relevant
technical or scientific subject with proven qualifications in the technical field
proven management and leadership experience in connection with complex inter- and
transdisciplinary projects as well as additional research experience through publications
and third-party funding, ideally acquired in the context of managing scientific departments
several years of proven research expertise in the STEM field, especially in the development
of computer-aided procedures, data analysis or software solutions using big data and AI
experience in data-based public health or biomedical research
knowledge of the regulatory framework for health data use, including applicable cybersecurity
and data protection rules
proven experience in the strategy-led development and/or establishment of research units
and/or institutions, including the acquisition of high-level third-party funding on national
(e. g. DFG) or international level (e. g. ERC, Horizon 2020, NIH)
several years of experience on scientific or governmental committees as well as in
collaboration with external research institutions
several years of experience in the training of young professionals
required language skills (CEFR level): English C1 at minimum (expert knowledge); knowledge
of German is desired, but not a prerequisite
willingness to undergo an extended safety inspection in accordance with Section 9 of the
Safety Inspection Act (SÜG)
Your decisions are clear and based on facts. You are flexible and adjust easily to new situations.
You approach complex problems from various angles.
You make an effort to find solutions and to take steps which are suitable for the objectives and
the parties involved. To accomplish goals, you use your strong influencing skills or strategic
arguments. Starting out from objectives, you design workflows and activities and plan
resources and concepts for their implementation. You create work processes that are
conducive to teamwork.
Appointment as a civil servant is possible up to grade B3, depending on qualifications
and experience, and provided that legal career requirements are met. Alternatively, we offer
employment up to pay grade E15 TVöD.
Job ID 640637
Code number 12/21
Application deadline 07.02.2021
For questions about the position:
Dr. Max von Kleist
Phone: +49 30 18754 - 4458
For questions about your
Phone: +49 30 18754 - 2460
Flexible working hours and
various part-time models
30 vacation days per year
Possibility for mobile work
Excellent equipment and
Awide range of sports activities
Living diversity and inclusion
We guarantee workplace equality.
Disabled candidates with the
same qualifications and suitability
will be given hiring preference.
Within the scope of its
supervisory powers, the Federal
Ministry of Health may examine
application documents on a
case-by-case basis. Your data will
be deleted after the application
procedure has been completed.