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Scientific staff member AI-ethics in climate and health research (Postdoc) (all genders) (202/22)

closing date:
December 31, 2022
start of work:
earliest possible; limited until 31.12.2023
hours of work:
full time

Our offer

Today, the RKI is Germany’s national public health institute. It employs more than 1,300 people from over 50 nations, provides excellent research infrastructure and pursues a modern approach to its scientific work.

We are looking for a new team member for our new “Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research” (ZKI-PH) in Wildau. Join the Robert Koch Institute - one of Germany’s largest departmental (governmental) research institutions. We look forward to meeting you!

Scientific staff member
AI-ethics in climate and health research (Postdoc) (all genders)
up to salary group 14 TVöD)

Our research center
The new “Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Public Health Research” (ZKI-PH) offers a unique working and research environment: with innovative methods, an international team and state-of-the-art equipment, we are committed to the health of the population.

Job Title

Scientific staff member


Conduct scientific research in the field of artificial intelligence with a particular focus on Public Health:

  • Work independently on exciting research projects at the interface of public health, climate impact research, and AI ethics
  • Collaborate across disciplines and departments within the RKI to combine and augment the RKI’s expertise in the research on public health and social inequities with artificial intelligence methods, e.g., through:

    • Identification and evaluation of specific requirements for the responsible use of AI in public health research
    • Implementation of relevant measures to reduce structural biases and other inequities in AI-based climate and societal research
  • Develop novel algorithms/methods, manage and integrate data and provide quality assurance for this work

Preparation of scientific reports and publications, as well as assistance with science outreach/communication activities, e.g.:

  • Publication of research results in national and international journals with high impact factor
  • Presentation of research results at national and international congresses
  • Close cooperation with colleagues in the context of the communication/events & public relations work of the ZKI-PH

Your profile

Educational requirements

  • Doctorate and relevant work experience in a subject of relevance to the research conducted at the ZKI-PH
  • PhD preferred

For foreign educational qualifications, we require proof of equivalence with a German degree.

Required skills and experience

  • Research experience in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and/or deep learning in one or more areas of research related to the ZKI-PH
  • Research experience in the field of AI ethics and social inequities
  • Experience in public health topics
  • Experience in quantitative data analysis and in handling complex bodies of data
  • Highly developed skills in scientific publishing as well as the presentation of research results

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Experience in the coordination and/or management of scientific projects
  • Experience in presenting complex (scientific) topics in an understandable way
  • Knowledge of sources of third-party funding and experience in acquiring funding via this route
  • Knowledge on climate change and public health
  • first professional experience in the field of AI ethics

Further requirements

  • Language skills: English at least C1; German A2 and willingness to acquire German skills via self-directed studies
  • Complete list of publications and list of previous/ongoing externally funded projects with funding details

The successful applicant will have:

  • Your ability to acquire new knowledge quickly, as well as your commitment to live-long learning
  • Your willingness to innovate and your open approach to new developments
  • Your independence and your self-reliant way of working; characterized by a high degree of initiative and sense of responsibility
  • Your ability to cooperate and work within a team to achieve shared goals
  • Your service mentality and your ability to adapt to the needs of others
  • Your reliability and your timely, high-quality approach to work

The benefits we offer you

A CLEAR PURPOSE: We offer you a job that actually matters. As Germany’s most important Public Health Institute, we can have a big impact at the RKI.

COOPERATION IS KEY: In our line of work, we can’t do without teamwork. That is why we attach great importance to respectful communication and an open feedback culture.

FLEXIBLE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS: Times are changing and so is the RKI: we offer individualised, flexible working time models and are increasingly focusing on mobile working.

VACATIONS AND SABBATICALS: At the RKI you’re offered 30 paid leave days each year and have the possibility, if necessary, to take a sabbatical and leave work for longer.

WORK, FAMILY AND MORE: We take care of each other, create working conditions that are suitable for all the different phases of life and respond to the needs of our employees.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS: Team sports, relaxation courses or a cinema club, we’ve got it all. Furthermore, we regularly host all kinds of events – both work-related and informal ones.

TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS: We want you to grow with us. That’s why we support your professional, academic and personal development with all the means at our disposal.

MODERN EQUIPMENT AND A TRANSIT PASS: Here, at the RKI, you can focus on your work. We offer state-of-the-art equipment and a transit pass, to facilitate your research and administrative work.

The RKI is located in Berlin – Germany’s vibrant, multicultural capital in the heart of Europe. The Institute’s facilities are set in the environment of a clean, green city that is home to first class art, historical and science museums and well-known theatres. Public transit links to other districts and the surrounding countryside are excellent.

You’re looking for a new challenge?

Become part of the RKI! We are looking forward to meeting you!

We’re committed to offering equal opportunities in employment and welcome all people in all dimensions of diversity. That is why we guarantee workplace equality. Disabled candidates with the same qualifications and suitability will be given hiring preference. Within the scope of its supervisory powers, the Federal Ministry of Health may examine application documents on a case-by-case basis. Your data will be deleted after the application procedure has been completed.

Application procedure

Submit your application via the public service job portal Interamt at

Reference number 892528 / 202/22
Deadline 31.12.2022
Contract type: limited until 31.12.2023
Remuneration: up to E 14 TVöD
Location: Wildau (close to Berlin)
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