Research group leader position in Epidemiology


Forschung, Entwicklung, Lehre


Publizierung bis: 15.01.2023

reference number 160/2022

DISCLAIMER: The English version is a translation of the original in German (job advertisement no. 160/2022) for information purposes only. In case of a discrepancy, the German original will prevail.

Job description

The Institute of Child Nutrition of the Max Rubner-Institute is located in Karlsruhe, Germany. The Max Rubner-Institute is a research center associated with the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The recently founded Institute of Child Nutrition covers the full scope of the early stages of human life through multiple specific research units. Translating knowledge from both clinical research and fundamental biomedical research to achieve disease prevention is at the center of its attention. One milestone will be the discovery of new molecular mechanisms that drive early phases of disease development in children to find targets for preventive interventions. Research focuses on the question: how do parental nutrition and the disease state before and during pregnancy predispose children with regards to their own feeding behavior or the development of type 2 diabetes and associated diseases (e.g. cardio-vascular diseases)? The Institute of Child Nutrition co-hosts a major clinical prospective study of a large mother-child cohort entitled «Programming of Enhanced Adiposity Risk in Childhood-Early Screening» (PEACHES). One major aim of this study is to identify risk biomarkers from human tissue samples that are currently located in the internal biobank. Close collaboration with biomedical scientists and biologists will be needed. A vast array of clinical parameters has already been collected, and the clinically-focused epidemiological data analysis will be led by the candidate. In addition, we expect a strong contribution to the ongoing development of clinical protocols to implement the risk screening according to these biomarkers.
As a group leader/principal investigator in the research unit «Public Health Nutrition and Epidemiology», the candidate will contribute with independent research projects. This includes the establishment of new research infrastructure and furthering the growth and development of the institute.
Planning, coordination, and execution of epidemiologic research within the research group
Supervision of employees
Planning, application, and management of third-party research funding
Scientific writing and writing of research articles
Execution of data analysis, interpretation, and presentation of research findings
Development and contribution to national and international research cooperations
Policy advisory role: Writing of evidence-based position papers that support state officials in their political work (includes committee work)

Your profile

Required skills:
Successful completion of a Masters degree (Master of Science or Medicine) in Epidemiology, Nutritional Science, Medicine or comparable disciplines
Strong expert knowledge in your research field and a good to very good publishing record (international peer-reviewed journals)
Proven skills in independent scientific project work with regards to human/clinical research, including cohort studies
Very good analytical and problem-solving skills
Confident handling of study-related databases and statistics programs (SPSS or R)
Very good communication skills and good to very good English skills in writing and speaking

Desired skills:
PhD degree
History of successful application for third-party funding
Science project management skills
Experience in systematic literature research
Work experience in supervision of employees
Experience in networking on national and international level
Knowledge in the field of obesity and/or nutrition-related diseases, as well as (early) nutrition

Strong German language skills (writing and speaking) are expected. In addition, we require the candidate to work independently and responsibly. The capability to cooperate in an interdisciplinary team with high degree of self-motivation and strong personal engagement is required. Strong social intelligence, strong work ethic and team-building experience will be needed to succeed in this position.

Our offer

Independent research group leader position with room to develop in a new and highly relevant field of research in a thriving work environment
Collaborative work environment that consists of an inter-disciplinary team of clinicians, nutritional and health scientists, biologists, psychologists and statisticians
An onboarding program that is adjusted to the specific role within the Institute
A permanent full-time research position (100%) in Karlsruhe, start date as early as possible
Work conditions according to the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD-Bund), including weekly work load of 39 hours
Salary level Entgeltgruppe 14 of TVöD (if personal requirements met)

The Max Rubner-Institute is a family-friendly employer and warmly welcomes the application of women and men with family responsibilities. Flexible work hours and the possibility of part-time work will ensure a healthy work/life balance for parents.

General information

Please only submit complete application files, which must include a motivation letter, CV, complete description of educational path, all certificates (from high school to university degree, as well as certificates of previous employment). Missing documents can lead to exclusion during the process of the application’s evaluation. The Max Rubner-Institute aims to guarantee gender equality. The Max Rubner-Institute voices a responsibility for guaranteeing barrier-free inclusive work conditions for people with disabilities. Applications from those with strong disabilities are explicitly welcomed. Disabilities lead to preferential consideration during the application process. In principle, part-time work models are possible for this job posting.
With foreign educational qualifications we are asking you to send us supporting documentation regarding the classification into the German educational system. Please obtain further information on the website of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) www.kmk.org/zab


Further questions?
Prof. Dr. Regina Ensenauer · Phone: +49 (0) 721 6625 673
Regarding administrative questions?
Thomas Zemke · Phone: +49 (0) 431 609 2213

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