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Open position 21/22

Project coordinator (m/f/d)
WiLDSI project: Science-based approaches to digital sequence information

at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH

Driven by the alarming loss of biodiversity, parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are currently negotiating a new plan, known as the Global Biodiversity Framework, which will shape global actions to preserve biodiversity for the coming decade. In order to achieve this framework, the question of how to equitably share benefits from digital biological data, known as digital sequence information (DSI), will need to be resolved.

In the second phase of the WiLDSI project, we continue to support the international DSI Scientific Network, bring scientific knowledge to assess the current DSI policy options, and further analyse how DSI is being used and shared in practice. The successful candidate will coordinate with the project leader and steering committee to synthesize several work streams into a cohesive project and coordinated outcomes.
The Leibniz Institute DSMZ ( is an internationally-renowned biological resource center, research infrastructure, and service provider for academia and industry with one of the most diverse microbial collections worldwide. It is funded by the State of Lower Saxony and the German Federal government and is a member of the Leibniz Association. The Leibniz Association strives to increase the proportion of female scientists and encourages female candidates to apply. Disabled applicants with identical technical and personal qualifications will be preferentially selected. The DSMZ is an equal opportunity employer, supports balanced work-life career development, and holds the certificate of the audit berufundfamilie®.

Project coordinator tasks:

  • Manage the project including contributing new ideas, organize steering committee meetings, online    workshops, meetings with government representatives, and other stakeholders
  • Support the DSI Scientific Network, its members, and liase with its Secretariat
  • Interact and engage with relevant stakeholders across the CBD and DSI fields including other international instruments
  • Support the output of the WiLDSI data portal and perform data analyses
  • Promote and disseminate project output through various formats ranging from social media to peer-reviewed publications
  • Draft meeting reports, prepare meeting materials, concept notes, policy briefings
  • Engage with and contribute to other science policy projects and initiatives within the DSMZ

Your profile:

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biology or related discipline with policy/political understanding; M.Sc. or law degree acceptable if candidate demonstrates experience with the CBD or Nagoya Protocol and an advanced understanding of DNA sequencing and databases
  • Experience in project management and coordination preferably of international, cross-discipline projects and/or projects of political dimension
  • Interest in science policy; knowledge in regulatory issues, UN processes, policymaking principles, and/or EU Commission structures favourable
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (essential) and German (ideal)
  • High level of responsibility and teamwork with an ability to adapt quickly to new tasks
  • Tenacity and ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines
  • Willingness to travel internationally

We offer:

  • International project with high profile partners and outcomes
  • Opportunity to engage in science policy in several UN fora
  • Room to bring in your own ideas
  • Integration in a cooperative, diverse, experienced, and enthusiastic team
  • Flexible working hours

Expected Start: As soon as possible
Contract length: 8 months (with high likelihood for future project funding)
Work hours: 75-100%
Salary: according to Lower Saxony public pay scale (TV-L E13)
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis so early applicants are encouraged! Complete applications should be sent by e-mail with application number 21/22 to bewerbung(at) Any questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Amber Scholz (amber.scholz(at)
Application deadline is September 30, 2022.