Project coordinator (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Braunschweig

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.

The human-caused loss of biodiversity and species loss will drive the negotiations of the Global Biodiversity Framework, which will enable the creation of a framework for action for the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for the next 10 years. In order to achieve this framework, compromises are expected from all involved parties, which has led to a science- and policy-based process within the CBD to consider the inclusion of so-called "digital sequence information" (DSI, sequence data) under the CBD framework.

The first phase of the project was to identify, assess, and offer policymakers approaches with which both open access to sequence data in public databases can be enabled and at the same time a sustainable benefit sharing can be created. This led to the October 2020 white paper and establishment of the on-going international DSI Scientific Network. In the next phase, policy options will continue to be further analyze, compared and contrasted, and further analysis into quantification of benefit-sharing from DSI will be conducted. The 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 (www.dsmz.de) is an internationally-renowned biological resource center and research infrastructure with one of the most diverse microbial collections worldwide and a service function for academia and industry and around 200 employees. It is funded by the State of Lower Saxonoy and the Federal government and a member of the Leibniz Association. The institutes of the Leibniz Association strive to increase the proportion of female scientists and encourage female candidates specifically to apply. Disabled applicants with identical technical and personal qualifications will be preferentially selected. The DSMZ is an equal opportunity employer and 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 DSI Scientific Network and liase with Secretariat
  • Interact and engage with relevant stakeholders and in the field of CBD and DSI
  • Integrate various work streams into a coherent project outcome
  • Promote and disseminate project output through various media
  • 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 understanding of DNA sequencing
  • 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 post-pandemic

We offer:

  • International project with high profile partners and outcomes
  • 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: up to 18 months depending on the start of work (with possibility of future project funding)

Work hours: 75%

Salary: according to E 13 TV-L

Complete applications should be sent by e-mail under the application number 11/21 to bewerbung(at)dsmz.de.

The deadline for application is May 17th, 2021, or until the position is filled. Any questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Amber Scholz (amber.scholz(at)dsmz.de).