Developer for a Plant Virus Database (m/f/d)

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The Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig offers the position for a

Developer for a Plant Virus Database (m/f/d)

The position has a salary level up to TV-L 13 according to the qualification. The position is offered as full time (39.8 hours per week) and is initially limited to 3 years. Starting date will be as soon as possible.

The position:

We are seeking a talented developer to join our interdisciplinary Data Integration team. You will play a pivotal role in designing and implementing a state-of-the-art plant virus database, leveraging existing datasets and integrating diverse biological data types. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals passionate about both biology and technology to develop a resource that will be used by hundreds of researchers every day. This will happen in close collaboration with domain experts at the DSMZ and with a fast-growing group of other developers and scientists working in the database development within the DSMZ Digital Diversity endeavor.


  • Utilize expertise in web development, particularly in PHP or Python, to build robust and user-friendly database interfaces and functionalities (backend and frontend)
  • Collaborate closely with the departments for Plant Viruses and Bioinformatics, IT & Databases to develop a comprehensive plant virus database platform
  • Integrate diverse datasets, including images of infection stages, transcriptomics, next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, and experimental protocols, into the database
  • Ensure data integrity, security, and compliance with relevant standards and regulations
  • Optimize database performance and troubleshoot technical issues as needed

Your profile:

  • Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or a related field
  • Proficiency in web development using PHP or Python, knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript
  • Strong understanding of biological data formats and database development (SQL), knowledge of document-based databases (e.g. MongoDB) is beneficial
  • Experience in object-oriented programming (Python, PHP, Java, C#, C++...), hands-on experience with Python is an asset
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Effective communication and collaboration abilities in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Knowledge of version control systems (Git) is an asset

We offer:

  • Room for your own ideas, to actively participate in the design of the project
  • A motivated team and a pleasant working atmosphere in a scientific area
  • Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure, including access to state-of-the-art computing clusters
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home
  • Continuing education and training
  • Opportunity to participate in (international) conferences
  • An employer certified according to audit berufundfamilie®, therefore flexible possibilities to combine work and family life.
  • 30 days of annual vacation, annual bonus, and company pension plan

The position is located in Braunschweig, and is not suitable for fully remote work.

About the DSMZ and new biodata infrastructure DSMZ Digital Diversity:

The Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures is one of the most comprehensive biological resource centers worldwide. As a key player in the field of microbiology and biotechnology, DSMZ serves as a vital hub for researchers, providing access to an extensive collection of microorganisms and cell cultures. As a joint project between the Departments for Plant Viruses and Bioinformatics, IT & Databases, we will develop a novel plant virus database to broaden our renowned portfolio of scientific databases ( ) and provide access to new datasets about our resources to the scientific community.

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, such as age, gender, disability, sexual orientation/identity, and social, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive work environment where all can realize their potential is important to the Leibniz Institute DSMZ.

The DSMZ is funded by the State of Lower Saxony and the German Federal government and is a member of the Leibniz Association. The DSMZ strives to increase the proportion of females and encourages female candidates to apply. Disabled applicants with identical technical and personal qualifications will be preferentially selected. In the case of degrees obtained abroad, proof of equivalence with a German degree must be enclosed. For further information, please refer to the website of the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).

The DSMZ is an equal opportunity employer, supports balanced work-life career development, and holds the certificate of the audit berufundfamilie®.

For further information please contact Lorenz Reimer (lorenz.reimer(at) ) or Julia Koblitz (julia.koblitz(at) ). Please send your complete application documents including a CV, motivation letter, copies of certificates with application number 10/24 as a single pdf file to bewerbung(at) (max 10 MB).

Applications are welcome in English or German and will be accepted on a rolling basis so early applicants are encouraged! The deadline for this application is 14.06.2024, but we may continue to review applications until the position is filled.

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