Head of unit "Public Health Laboratory support" (f/m/d)
Promoting Research and Evidence Sharing Knowledge
Protecting and Improving Health
We are the Public Health Institute for Germany. Our objective is to protect the population from diseases and to improve their state of health. Every day,
1,300 people from 90 different professions and over 50 nations work and research together at the Robert Koch-Institute.
We are offering the following position in our unit ZIG 4 "Public Health Laboratory support" in the department ZIG "Centre for International Health Protection" for a
Head of unit "Public Health Laboratory support" (all genders)
(public sector wage scale [TVöD] up to grade E 15)
The position is to be filled as soon as possible. The contract is unlimited.
The ZIG 4 department is one of four departments in the ZIG, where the RKI's laboratory expertise is pooled to support partners worldwide. This includes both rapid support to respond to
outbreaks and long-term partnerships to support the laboratory sector of public health institutes and the structures in partner countries. This also includes the further development of
methodology and standardisation. In this way, we strengthen international health protection through close networking.
Your tasks with us:
Further development and implementation of the department's
Managing the staff within the department and steering the
preparation and implementation of the work plan
Participate in the strategic development and
operationalisation of the ZIG Division, considering the needs
and requirements within the RKI and of partner organisations
and partner countries
Leading measures to establish and improve sustainable
microbiological/virological laboratory capacities abroad and
supporting laboratories in partner countries through on-site
training and at the RKI
Leading assessments of the laboratory capacities of
Steering the development and expansion of a laboratory
training portfolio in the areas of diagnostics and biosafety
Steering of standardisation and development of best practices
in quality management and biosafety
Lead and coordinate laboratory support operations in the event
Conduct and participate in research and other projects to
strengthen international health protection
Coordinating implementation support for projects abroad
Representation of the unit and the department in international
networks and at events
What you bring with you
Formal qualifications/professional competences:
Completed university studies (state examination, university
diploma, master's degree) in a discipline relevant to the
position, e.g. human or veterinary medicine, biology,
biochemistry, biotechnology (with specialisation in
microbiology or virology)
PhD in a field relevant to the position
Required skills and experience
Several years of proven professional experience relevant to
Experience in building and improving sustainable laboratory
In-depth experience in project management
Experience in working with international partners from
Experience in the implementation of research projects
Practical experience in writing, editing or reviewing
Desirable skills and experience
Experience in the team-oriented management of employees
Professional experience in the fields of diagnostics and
Professional understanding of the conception of mobile
laboratories in international use
In-depth professional experience with health projects in
Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipient countries
Medical specialist in microbiology, virology or infection
epidemiology, or natural scientist with additional
qualification in virology (German Society for Virology, GfV),
or medical microbiology (German Society for Hygiene and
Required language skills (CEFR-level): English at least C1, German B2 and additional language skills is an advantage
Willingness for an extended safety inspection in accordance
with § 9 Safety Inspection Act (SÜG)
With this you convince us
Goal orientation/resource management: You develop concepts
to achieve goals.
Decision-making ability: You make clear and unambiguous
decisions and justify them with facts.
Task and project planning competence: You clarify roles and
responsibilities for individual subtasks.
Communication skills: You approach others openly and can
actively establish contacts.
Ability to cooperate/work in a team: You are committed to
achieving a common result and contribute your own skills.
Service orientation: You build and maintain long-term
partnerships with internal and external business partners.
Cooperative leadership/team building: Steer and guide the
team in setting specific goals and tasks.
Employee motivation/feedback: You ask employees for
suggestions and ideas.
Ability to provide information: You pass on information in a
comprehensible form, in a timely manner and to the necessary
The RKI offers flexible work hours and terms of employment
that promote in as far as possible employee life-work balance.
Education and training are also provided based on employee
needs. The RKI also has a comprehensive health maintenance
program and assists incoming staff members and their families in
settling in their new location.
The RKI is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.
Please note that in single cases the Federal Ministry of Health
may access your application documents to ensure appropriate
personnel selection within its scope as supervisory authority.
Your data will be deleted immediately after the completion of
the application process.