Scientific Lead SILVA Database (m/f/d) - #1165929

Leibniz Institute DSMZ–German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures

Datum: vor 1 Woche
Stadt: Braunschweig, Niedersachsen
Vertragstyp: Ganztags

Scientific Lead SILVA Database (m/f/d)

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

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

The position has a salary level up to TV-L 14 according to the qualification and is initially limited to 2 years with the perspective to become a permanent position. The position is offered as full time (39.8 hours per week).

SILVA is a well-established and renowned database provides comprehensive quality checked ribosomal RNA reference sequence data and accompanying web services and tools. The datasets are used by thousands of researchers worldwide as a basis for their research.

As the scientific lead of the SILVA database, you will be responsible to guide the development of this scientific webservice to align data and services with the scientific user needs. Together with the technical lead and the DSMZ team of biologists and software developers you will improve the existing structure and develop new features. As the responsible taxonomic scientist, you will ensure that SILVA's taxonomic framework aligns with related resources like LPSN, GTDB and RDP. Your task is to create a reference taxonomy by integrating various internal and external resources of nomenclature and classification. This also includes defining and naming clades of uncultured organisms. The position serves as a central knowledge hub for molecular taxonomy at DSMZ and beyond.

Your responsibilities:

  • Adapting the SILVA service portfolio to account for current and future needs in microbial ecology
  • Further developing and curating the SILVA taxonomy with respect to international developments, including the integration of external taxonomies
  • Curating the reference datasets considering national and international authorities like Bergey’s Manual
  • Running the SILVA pipeline to calculate releases in cooperation with the team
  • Providing input for improvements of the curation system and the SILVA services
  • Answering user requests within the SILVA helpdesk
  • Communication of results in workshops and connecting with the expert communities
  • Publication of scientific results

Your profile:

  • Ph.D. degree in biology or a related field
  • Experience in rRNA related topics
  • Accuracy and quality-orientation
  • Intrinsic motivation and team-spirit
  • Fluent in English / knowledge in German is beneficial
  • Proven ability in writing scientific publications
  • Willingness to undertake occasional business travel

We offer:

  • An interdisciplinary working environment with frequent exchange of experience
  • Participation in building a research data infrastructure
  • Motivated colleagues and a pleasant working atmosphere in a scientific area
  • Further development and support of scientific web services at the DSMZ
  • Plenty of room for creativity & challenging topics
  • Participation in the selection of personal hardware
  • Opportunities for further education and training
  • An employer certified according to audit berufundfamilie, therefore flexible possibilities to combine work and family life

This position can be located in Bremen or 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 establishes an integrated suite of scientific databases of fundamental relevance for life sciences. The databases include BRENDA, SILVA, LPSN, BacDive and TYGS which are developed in a highly coordinated manner. A dedicated team of 22 scientists and software engineers creates a research data infrastructure which will significantly improve the access to curated and standardized biological data. The resulting data platform DSMZ Digital Diversity will provide an integrated resource and will allow to link and comprehensively analyze the different types of scientific data from all domains of life sciences. For more information visit

The DSMZ ( 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. 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 Jan Gerken (jan.gerken(at) Please send your complete application documents including a CV, motivation letter, summary of PhD thesis, copies of certificates and publication list with application number 12/24 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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