Software Developer

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ)

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🗓️ Ongoing



2 weeks, 3 days ago

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The German Cancer Research Center is seeking for the recently launched infrastructure initiative German Human Genome-Phenome Archive a

Software Developer

(Ref-No. 2021-0318)

The German Human Genome-Phenome Archive (GHGA, www.ghga.de) is part of the national program for research data infrastructures (NFDI). GHGA will act as a national node within the federated European Genome-Phenome Archive. This infrastructure will support genomics data hubs with software tools for secure data / metadata storage, interactive data portals with data visualization, and streamlined data deposition and acquisition solutions. The GHGA main office, which is coordinated by Prof. Oliver Stegle, is located at DKFZ in close coordination with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

In order to develop the GHGA software platform into a state-of-the-art infrastructure for the secure exchange of genome data, we are looking for a software developer.


We are looking for a candidate to design, implement, and operate the main GHGA infrastructure. The successful candidate will be part of an interdis­ciplinary research, development, and data management team to develop and apply a diverse range of state-of-the-art technologies.

Your responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development (back-end / front-end) of the GHGA software tools
  • Develop a data portal and interface it with underlying software services
  • Design and specification of features, aligned with international standards
  • Collaboration with local and international developers

Your possibilities:

  • Get exposed to a plethora of fields ranging from AI-guided clinical decision making to modern web development technologies
  • Work with an interdisciplinary team of experts bringing state-of-the-art biomedical research closer to clinics and patients
  • Take part in international organizations such as the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) and ELIXIR shaping future of genomics across borders
  • Widen your expertise with extensive possibilities of training programs, seminars and conferences

Your profile:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or similar technical background
  • 2+ years of front- and back-end web application experience
  • Proficiency with Python-based web frameworks (e.g. Django, Flask)
  • Experience developing applications using vanilla Javascript and popular frameworks or libraries (e. g. React, Angular)
  • Familiarity with database and search engine setups (like PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch)
  • Familiarity with test-driven software development
  • Experience or interest in microservice design patterns and domain-driven design and familiarity with using docker containers for development and deployment is a plus
  • Enjoy working in an interdisciplinary team and talking to software developers, systemadministrators, as well as domain experts
  • Enjoy working with modern technologies and staying up to date with new tech trends

The ideal applicant should have demonstrated the ability to work independently and creatively. The candidate should have excellent communications skills and be able to articulate clearly the technical needs, set clear goals and work within an interdisciplinary setting, communicating with other partners.

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Salary according to TV-L including social benefits
  • Possibility to work part-time
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive further training program

The position is limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

The position can in principle be part-time.

For further information please contact
Dr. Koray Kirli, phone +49 (0)6221/42-3473.

The DKFZ is committed to increase the proportion of women in all areas and positions in which women are underrepresented. Qualified female applicants are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.

To apply for a position please use our online application portal (www.dkfz.de).

We ask for your understanding that we cannot return application documents that are sent to us by post (Deutsches Krebs­forschungs­zentrum, Personal­abteilung, Im Neuen­heimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg) and that we do not accept applications submitted via email. We apolo­gize for any inconvenience this may cause.