Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR)

Scientific officer in the project “Stability of hepatitis E virus in meat products” (f/m/x)

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The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is the national institute which prepares expert reports and opinions on questions of food, feed and chemical safety and consumer health protection in Germany on the basis of internationally recognised scientific assessment criteria. It advises the Federal Government and other institutions and interest groups in these areas. The BfR conducts independent research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks. It is an institution with legal capacity within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

In the department Biological Safety at the BfR in the unit “Viruses in Food”, the following temporary position is available for one year from 1 June 2023 as part of the third-party funded project “Stability of hepatitis E virus in meat products”:

Scientific officer in the project “Stability of hepatitis E virus in meat products” (f/m/x)

Reference number: 3198 | Salary group 13 TVöD | Application deadline: 20 February 2023 | Place of employment:


Part-time employment is possible.

Remuneration will be paid in line with the tasks undertaken and the applicant's qualifications.

This role is part of the project “Stability of hepatitis E virus in meat products” funded by the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (BLV, Switzerland). The aim of this project is to determine the inactivation rate of the hepatitis E virus during the production and preparation of specific meat products.


  • Optimisation of cell culture methods for infectivity testing of hepatitis E viruses in meat products
  • Examination of the stability of hepatitis E viruses during the production and temperature treatment of meat products 
  • Analysis and publication of the obtained data


  • Completed university degree (master’s, diploma or similar university degree) in human or veterinary medicine, biology or a similar subject, a doctorate desired
  • Very good knowledge and experience with molecular biological, serological and virological analytical methods required
  • Practical professional experience with cell culture techniques required
  • Practical professional experience in handling infectious pathogens necessary 
  • Proven independent publication activity advantageous
  • Very good knowledge of written and spoken English required, knowledge of German is advantageous but not a prerequisite
  • Good IT skills as well as a conscientious approach to work, flexibility, capacity for teamwork, resilience and willingness to travel on business are also required

What we can offer you:

  • A varied range of tasks in a growing departmental research institution Flexible working hours without fixed working hours
  • 30 days’ annual leave (5-day week) plus 24 and 31 December as non-working days 
  • Additional days-off options via time credits
  • Job ticket with a monthly employer contribution up to EUR 40 
  • Mobile working options
  • Very good connection to the public transport network
  • Comprehensive further training opportunities for professional and personal development within the context of your position
  • VBL company pension
  • Capital accumulation benefits
  • Employee welfare (AWO) family service

Application process:

Interviews are expected to take place on 21 March 2023.

Does this position appeal to you?

Then please apply by 20 February 2023 via our online system. Please address any questions in connection with the application process to bewerbung@bfr.bund.de.

– Please do not send any applications to this email address –

If you cannot apply online, please send a postal application to Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung / Personalreferat / Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10 / 10589 Berlin

Please address any questions about the area of responsibility to:

Prof. Dr. Reimar Johne                          Tel.: +49 30 18412-24600

You will find more information on our homepage:www.bfr.bund.de/de/stellenanzeigen

The BfR welcomes applications from people of all nationalities.

The BfR is an innovative scientific institute offering family-friendly working conditions. The BfR was awarded the “audit berufundfamilie®” (work and family) certificate. The BfR guarantees equal career opportunities for women and men. In the case of equal suitability, severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration and are only required to have a minimum level of physical suitability.


Scientific officer in the project “Stability of hepatitis E virus in meat products” (f/m/x)
Max-Dohrn-Str. 8-10 D Berlin, Deutschland
2023-02-20 23:59:59
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