Research Scientist on Infectious Diseases: Germany

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is seeking for a research scientist to to begin on 1 September 2021 on a Unit 19 project, “Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Pathogens”, Department 1, “Infectious Diseases”. This is a permanent position with place of work in Berlin-Mitte. Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience in accordance with the public sector wage scale TVöD up to grade E14.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Gathering, evaluation and interpretation of data on phenotypic and genotypic antibiotic resistance surveillance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Germany, including phylogenetic analyses
  • Further development of phenotypic and genotypic antibiotic resistance surveillance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Research on the emergence, detection and spread of resistances in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, as well as the significance of the microbiome for these processes
  • Presentation of data on a national and international level
  • Publication of data in scientific journals
  • Applying for project funding
  • Readiness to work cooperatively with different groups

Requirements and qualifications

  • University graduate in the sciences (degree level/Master’s) with a Ph.D. in human biology, biochemistry, biology, or in life sciences, with a Ph.D. in a relevant field desirable
  • Experience in microbiology and handling of bacterial pathogens and antibiotic resistance, with experience with Neisseria gonorrhoeae or other sexually transmitted bacteria preferred
  • Expertise in planning, application and evaluation of molecular and microbiological methods
  • Experience in carrying out, gathering results and analysing and interpreting of antibiotic resistance tests
  • Experience in gathering, analysis and evaluation of sequencing data (NGS and Sanger)
  • Experience in planning and implementing research projects
  • Experience in directing laboratory staff and students
  • Experience in project and laboratory management advantageous
  • Language skills (CEFR level): English, at least C1 Although no German skills are required, applicants will be encouraged to develop such skills to maximize their integration in our institute.

The successful candidate will

  • have a desire to obtain and impart knowledge beyond the demands of the actual job;
  • be able to connect relevant information even when an interrelationship is not apparent;
  • take responsibility for their own actions;
  • be capable of using constructive feedback for self-improvement;
    emphasise cooperation in interdisciplinary teams while showing respect for colleagues regardless of their place in the Institute’s hierarchy.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Dagmar Heuer (Phone: +49 30 18754-2967, E-Mail:

More about the RKI

The RKI is located in Berlin – Germany’s vibrant, multi­cultural capital in the heart of Europe. The Institute’s facilities are set in the environment of a clean, green city that is home to first class art, historical and science museums and well-known theatres. Public transit links to other districts and the surrounding countryside are excellent.

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.


Submit your application via the public service job portal Interamt by 28 August 2021.

Please note the position identification number: 673219 (StellenID)/Kz. 47/21

If you have questions about the application procedure, please contact Sabine Dulisch (Phone: +49 30 18754-2814, E-Mail:

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