Robert Koch Institute

5 x Research Group Leader (Career Track)
Artificial Intelligence - various focus areas within Public Health Research (m/f/d)

Start date earliest possible
Contract type 5 years as Career Track
Location Wildau (near Berlin)
Deadline 28.02.2022
Remuneration up to E 15 TVöD
Reference number 754184| 013/22

We are looking for new team members for our new “Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research” (ZKI-PH) in Wildau. Join the Robert Koch Institute – one of Germany’s largest departmental (governmental) research institutions. We look forward to meeting you!

In order to ensure that your application is processed promptly, all applications received are evaluated in regular intervals up to (and including) Monday 28-Feb-2022 (= final application deadline). Appointments are subject to the availability of funds.

Your tasks at the RKI

Lead and manage a research group within the "Center for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research"

  • Set up and lead an independent research group at the ZKI-PH, e.g. in one of the following areas:
    1. AI Fundamentals in Public Health
    2. AI for Molecular Diagnostics
    3. AI for Imaging
    4. AI for Society
    5. AI-supported Data Visualisation
  • Assemble own team to fulfil official tasks and duties as part of a departmental research organisation
  • Support the professional development of scientific staff
  • Collaborate across disciplines and departments within the RKI to combine and augment the RKI’s traditional expertise in the research of infectious and non-communicable diseases with and/or by using the methods of artificial intelligence

Conduct world-class scientific research in the field of Artificial Intelligence for Public Health, in particular:

  • Independently manage research projects at the interface of AI, medicine and bioinformatics for the benefit of public health
  • Manage and integrate data, develop novel algorithms/methods, and provide quality assurance for this work
  • Coordinate above-mentioned research projects and support the acquisition of third-party funding
  • Prepare high-impact-factor scientific publications as well as project and research reports

Provide scientific support during the establishment of a federal and networked research data infrastructure

  • Cooperate closely with the Federal Ministry of Health and other federal authorities within its remit, in particular the Research Data Centre at the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM)
  • Contribute to national and international bodies/panels which regulate data availability and AI applications in the health sector
  • Provide scientific support for the development of the Health Data Space at national and European level

What we expect from you

Formal requirements

  • A completed university degree (university diploma, master's degree or state examination) in a relevant technical, scientific, medical, public health or comparable field of study
  • A doctorate in a field relevant to this role

Required knowledge, skills, and experience

  • Experience working in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and deep learning in an area of research that is relevant to the ZKI-PH
  • Knowledge of and ideally well-established working experience in the common programming languages
  • Experience in quantitative data analysis and in handling complex bodies of data
  • Highly developed skills in scientific publishing as well as the presentation of research results
  • Extensive experience in the coordination/ management of research projects

Our Research Centre

The new “Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research” (ZKI-PH) offers a unique working and research environment: with innovative methods, an international team and state-of-the-art equipment, we are committed to the health of the population.

Desirable knowledge, skills, and experience

  • Several years of professional work experience within the field of AI as well as initial management experience
  • Knowledge of or experience in one or more of the specialist research areas of the Robert Koch Institute and/or public health research
  • Experience in presenting complex (scientific) topics to lay audiences
  • Knowledge of sources of third-party funding and experience in acquiring funding via this route

Further requirements

  • Language skills (CEFR level): English at least C1, German A2 and willingness to expand German language skills
  • List of publications as well as a list of previous/on-going third-party funded projects with funding details
  • Outline of a 5-year plan for the planned own research at the ZKI-PH as well as plans on how to finance this
  • Willingness to undergo an extended security screening according to §9 of the Security Clearance Act (SÜG)

Our Research Centre

The new “Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research” (ZKI-PH) offers a unique working and research environment: with innovative methods, an international team and state-of-the-art equipment, we are committed to the health of the population.

Convince us with

  • Your ability to acquire new knowledge quickly as well as your commitment to life-long learning
  • Your willingness to innovate and your open approach to new developments
  • Your independence and your self-reliant way of working; characterised by a high degree of initiative and sense of responsibility
  • Your ability to cooperate and work within a team to achieve shared goals
  • Your service mentality and your ability to adapt to the needs of others
  • Your reliability and your timely, high-quality approach to work
  • Your goal-oriented management/leadership style and your proficiency in achieving said goals by deriving appropriate measures from the Institute’s overall objectives
  • Your ability to motivate staff by providing constructive and regular feedback and radiating trust and confidence in the abilities of your staff

Our offer

Successful applicants will be offered a fixed-term, public sector employment contract (according to TVöD Bund) of initially 5 years duration. Subject to satisfactory performance at the career-track evaluation towards the end of the fixed-term contract, the position will be converted to a continuing (permanent) position. Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may then be offered a continuing civil servant position up to grade B1, or permanent employment up to pay grade E15 TVöD. The career-track evaluation will be conducted according to well-defined criteria by an expert panel comprising internal and external experts.

Other benefits


We offer you a job that matters. As Germany's most important public health institute, we can have a big impact at the RKI.


In our line of work, we can't do without teamwork. That is why we attach great importance to respectful communication and an open feedback culture.


Times are changing and so is the RKI: we offer individual, flexible working time models and are increasingly focussing on mobile working.


At the RKI you're offered 30 days of paid leave each year and have the possibility, if necessary, to take a sabbatical and leave work for longer.


We take care of each other, create working conditions that are suitable for all the different phases of life and respond to the needs of our employees.


Team sports, relaxation courses or a cinema club, we've got it all. Furthermore, we regularly host all kinds of events – both work-related and informal ones.


We want you to grow with us. That's why we support your professional, academic and personal development with all the means at our disposal.


Here, at the RKI, you can focus on your work. We offer state-of-the-art equipment and a transit pass, to facilitate your research and administrative work.