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The Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany, offers a position as

Bioinformatician / Research Software Engineer (m/f/d)

in full time. The position is not suitable for part-time work. The position is part of the NFDI4Microbiota project ( and is initially limited to 3 years. In case of positive evaluation, this position can be extended accordingly. The salary-level is based on pay group E 13 TV-L.

The task:

"Is the bacterium in my lab the same bacterium as in the database?".
Microbiological research lacks unique, persistent identifiers (PIDs) for microbial strains, such as the existing ones for researchers (ORCID), publications (DOI) or sequences in databases (INSDC). Instead, bacteria are identified by sometimes highly redundant designations. The task is to build a new database starting from existing identifiers such as those used in strain collections or sequence databases. The database will act as a data warehouse, collecting information from different sources, bringing it together in a structured way, and thereby enabling information from different sources to be easily linked. This new database will be closely connected to already established databases at the DSMZ (BacDive and LPSN), but also to external databases such as the large sequence databases. Furthermore, as a service of NFDI4Microbiota, this database will be integrated into a central web platform.


As part of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI,, NFDI4Microbiota is being developed as a central hub in Germany that supports the microbiology research community with access to data, analytical services, standards, training and education. The mission is to help microbiology researchers translate research data into a better understanding of microbial species and their interactions at molecular level.

Join our database and web development team and help us shape the future of microbial research data!

What we offer:

  • Direct involvement in the (re)design of databases
  • Plenty of room for creativity & challenging topics
  • An interdisciplinary working environment with frequent exchange of experiences
  • A motivated team and a pleasant working atmosphere in a scientific environment
  • Participation in the selection of personal hardware
  • Opportunities for further education and training
  • A company certified according to audit berufundfamilie®, therefore flexible possibilities to combine work and family life

What you offer:

  • Successfully completed studies in computer science, natural sciences or information sciences
  • Experience in web and database development, knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 and PHP
  • Experience in working with object-oriented programming languages (preferably Python and JavaScript)
  • Knowledge of version control systems (Git) and bug trackers
  • Fluent in English
  • Good German language skills are beneficial
  • Basic Linux knowledge is desirable
  • Interest in interdisciplinary work

Do you find yourself in this job description? Then we look forward to receiving your application.

The institutes of the Leibniz Association strive to increase the proportion of women and expressly invite women to apply. In the case of equal professional suitability, severely disabled persons will be given preference. In order to protect your interests, we ask you to inform us of your severe disability/equality already in your application and to provide evidence of it.

Please send your informative written application, preferably electronically as a coherent PDF file (max. 5 MB), quoting the reference number 27/21 to: bewerbung(at)

or to

Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH                                  
Inhoffenstraße 7B
38124 Braunschweig

The deadline for this application is November 14, 2021 or until the position is filled.

For further information please contact
Dr. Lorenz Reimer (Mail, Tel. 0531-2616-311).