The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) investigates the causes of diseases of the nervous system and develops strategies for prevention, treatment and care. It is an institution within the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres with nine sites across Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen and Witten). The DZNE cooperates closely with universities, their clinics and other research facilities.

The DZNE in Bonn advertises a full-time position as

Biorepository Specialist (f/m)

Code 1405/2016/10

within the Core Biorepository Facility. The Core Biorepository is part of the DZNE Core Facilities and provides expertise and technologies for storage of biological samples.

The Biorepository Specialist, under direction of the Biorepository Manager, will be the prime contact for biorepository services at the DZNE. The biorepository services include the storage logistics, processing, retrieval and distribution of biological samples collected by clinical, epidemiological, and basic research units within our organization. The Biorepository Specialist is responsible for overseeing the biorepository equipment, for fulfilling internal customer orders, for maintaining and drafting policies and procedures, and for setting up and maintaining the Repository Information Management System.

We are looking for talented candidates from the biological, biomedical, or engineering field with focus on biobanking. Experience in the field of automation applied to biorepositories and biobanking would be an advantage. The ideal candidate has a passion for accuracy and organization, and the ability to work in a demanding scientific-academic environment.

Required Qualifications:

  • University degree (or equivalent qualification with several years of experience)
  • Knowledge of sample management within population and/or clinical studies
  • Experience with biological samples of human origin
  • Experience with setting up LIMS (Nautilus would be preferred) protocols, database management systems and/or data warehouse systems: programing skills required
  • Practical experience with robotic platforms, automated liquid handling, or automation scheduling software
  • Experience in cryopreservation: safety handling of biospecimens, liquid nitrogen freezers, dry shippers, and biohazardous materials
  • Ability to apply critical thinking in order to analyze and resolve issues or problems
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills

We offer:

  • An interesting and challenging task in a research center that works on the future topics of health research
  • An international environment characterized by a strong focus on science and research
  • A high potential for the individual development of our employees
  • Targeted personnel development
  • A full-time position, initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of extension
  • Employment, payment and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst - TVöD Bund)

The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. The DZNE especially welcomes and encourages disabled individuals to apply.

Interested candidates should send their applications including a motivation letter, resume, university certificates, and the contacts of three referees via e-mail in a single PDF to: application@dzne.de

Deadline for applications: 31.03.2017