EN: Forschungsbereichmanager (m/w/d)

EN: Forschungsbereichmanager (m/w/d)

Full Job Title - DE
Forschungsbereichsmanager (m/w/d)
Full Job Title - EN
Research Department Manager (m/f/d)
Data Science and its application
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer
Contact Phone no
+49 631 20575 7601
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI);Trippstadter Straße 122;67663 Kaiserslautern
Employment Category
Full time
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Department Description - DE
Department Description - EN
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As part of the development of the new research area "Data Science", with application focus on life science and social good under the future direction of Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer at the DFKI Kaiserslautern we seek to employ a

Research Department Manager/ Scientific Manager (m / f / d)

(full-time, initially limited to 2 years - possible extended term). Part-time possible with or without additional resarch position. 

The research area is directed by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer, and has an application focus on life science and social good projects in government and third sector.

Your tasks

  • Writing, supporting and supervising grant applications, business cases, proposals, and publications, acquisition of industry contacts
  • Support in the coordination of the Data Science team and the associated group at the TU Kaiserslautern including project controlling and management
  • Communication within the group and externally with research partners and beyond
  • Help create overall program strategy, build and maintain programs and partnerships with industry, governments and non-profits, and manage collaborative projects.
  • Support and oversight of a 12-week summer programme, that aims to train top talent in Data Science to tackle problems with social impact, and deliver operational solutions to non-profit organisations and government
  • Establishment of training and delivery short term sprints activities with industry, government and non-profits.

Your qualifications

  • MSc in Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Economics or a related discipline
  • knowledge of and interest in data science and ML
  • Experience writing research proposals and / or business cases 
  • Structured and organized work
  • Excellent problem-solving ability, in particular in supporting organizational tasks in research
  • Good understanding of the financing processes of universities and third-party funding providers
  • Interest in the establishment and management of a new area in the range of  initially 15 scientists
  • Excellent communication and excellent command of German and English, both spoken and written


Desireable skills

Below is a list of desirable additional skills - no one is expected to fill all of them. Every application will be positively evaluated. The following skills might come in handy in the daily work experience:

  • Experience with consulting / company advice     
  • Experience in commercial / industrial research labs      
  • Experience with project management (Agile / Scrum) using tools such as Trello         
  • Experience in implementation of data projects into practice
  • Experience working with industry, government and / or nonprofits, leading / managing teams, and familiarity with data analysis         
  • Experience with Github and open source projects         
  • Experience in organizing hackathons        


Your benefits

  • An exciting work environment in the are of AI and its beneficial application
  • Close involvement of the position at both the DFKI and the TU Kaiserslautern
  • Participation in shaping research topics, developing application-oriented technologies and putting them into practice.
  • Excellent industrial contacts and excellent equipment
  • An innovative, agile and professional working environment at one of the most outstanding IT locations in Germany
  • Flexible working hours and working from home
  • An opportunity to build team and culture from the ground up
  • Smart and dedicated colleagues who care about having a positive impact with their research

We look forward to your meaningful application documents.

Applications are processed continuously, the latest application time is 6.12.2021.

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is Germany's leading business-oriented research institution in the field of innovative software technologies based on artificial intelligence methods. In the international scientific community, DFKI ranks among the most recognized "Centers of Excellence" and currently is the biggest research center worldwide in the area of Artificial Intelligence and its application in terms of number of employees and the volume of external funds. The DFKI cooperates closely with national and international companies.

DFKI encourages applications from people with disability; DFKI intends to increase the proportion of female employees in the field of science and encourages women to apply for this position.

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