The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine ( is the largest Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Germany and is the National Reference Centre for Tropical Pathogens, a WHO Collaborating Centre and member of the Leibniz Research Association.

The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg invites applicants for a full-time position starting as of 1st November 2021 for the role of:

Team lead outbreak response and mobile laboratory deployment (m/f/d)

BNITM contributes to responding to outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and building laboratory capacity in low- and middle-income countries. It maintains and deploys laboratory capacity and personnel through its European Mobile Laboratory Programme (EMLab, in support of rapid response operations of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Global Outbreak and Alert Response Network (GOARN), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development's (BMZ) Epidemic Preparedness Team (SEEG) and the German Federal Ministry of Health's (BMG) Global Health Protection Programme. We are looking for an experienced senior laboratory expert to lead field operations and implement laboratory capacity building programmes in outbreak situations. The person is expected to be based in Hamburg and travel worldwide depending on mission requirements.

Your tasks:

  • Deployment to the country of operation at short notice (2-3 days)
  • Leading an interdisciplinary and multinational team during missions
  • You will spend cumulatively up to 3-6 months per year (divided into several missions) abroad
  • Coordinate missions with WHO, national authorities and other actors in the field
  • Conduct diagnostics and surveillance of infectious diseases in the field (PCR, RT-PCR, ELISA, sequencing, etc.) caused by risk group 2, 3, and 4 pathogens
  • Development, validation and implementation of new diagnostic methods at home base and in the field
  • Supporting operational research in the field
  • Establish laboratory capacity in low-resource settings in close collaboration with local partners
  • Develop curricula and training materials, including online materials
  • Coordinate the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Coordinate the maintenance of mobile laboratory capacities and the purchase and export of laboratory items to the field.

Your profile:

  • PhD in virology, life sciences, biology or other related field or MD
  • Experience working in resource-limited settings and/or in the field
  • Excellent and proven organisational and time management skills
  • Proficiency in PCR, molecular biology, sequencing, and immunoassay techniques is required
  • Knowledge of handling risk group 2 and 3 pathogens required, risk group 4 would be an advantage
  • Experience in designing and implementing work instructions and training programmes, preparing presentations and conducting hands-on training for laboratory staff
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively in a multidisciplinary and multinational context and with external collaborators
  • Fitness for work in tropical climates
  • Willingness to work in emergency situations (outbreak response) and in locations with poor infrastructure
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English are required; French and/or Spanish would be a great advantage

We offer:

  • An interesting and challenging job in a modern research institution
  • A central location at the Landungsbrücken, easily accessible by public transport
  • 30 days of vacation per year
  • Flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • Subsidy for childcare
  • Subsidy for the HVV-ProfiTicket
  • Company pension scheme
  • Opportunities for further education and training
  • Special conditions in selected sports and fitness clubs in Hamburg
The position is remunerated in accordance with the German salary scheme for the public service (TV-AVH Hamburg).
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We support our employees in achieving a work-life balance and promote the professional equality of women and men. We strive to assist women in their scientific career, increase the number of women in research and reduce under-representation in all areas and positions in general. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference when equally qualified.
Please send your application by 26.10.2021 via our jobportal with the usual documents (cover letter, high school and university certificates with grades, if applicable references).
Alternatively you can send documents using the referrence "Team-lead" by postal mail to:
Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, HR Department, Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 74, 20359 Hamburg, Germany.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or the selection procedure, please contact Jeannette Meurer from the HR Department (

For further questions please contact Prof. Stephan Günther (
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