As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

The Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) in Munich, Germany, and the Chair of Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are an integrated, multi-disciplinary research structure and form the cornerstone of a rapidly expanding bioengineering ecosystem in Munich; including the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus and the Research Center TranslaTUM, which integrate bioengineering with metabolic disorders and oncology, respectively. IBMI scientists develop next-generation imaging and sensing methods to measure previously inaccessible properties of living systems, hence, catalyzing breakthroughs in biology and medicine. Comprising 11 inter-disciplinary laboratories and scientists from more than 25 countries, IBMI offers state-of-the-art infrastructure for innovative research and a perfect environment to accelerate your career.

Join our team and be part of our rich and dynamic research culture of enquiry and innovation. IBMI researchers come from the top ranks of physics, chemistry, engineering, and biomedicine and attract significant investment from national and international sources. Our scientists serve in international societies and conferences and are recipients of a multitude of top international and German awards, including the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz prize and several ERC awards. In addition to scientific excellence, IBMI promotes entrepreneurship, company spin-off activities, and collaborations with other top academic institutions and leading corporations in the photonics, pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors.

To support our publication efforts, public relations, and fundraising activities, we now seek a highly qualified and motivated

Scientific writer (f/m/d) 2019/0358

This position will be integral to the IBMI fundraising strategy and publication pipeline and will work closely with the Institute’s Director and the IBMI Head of Project management & Communication as part of the IBMI science management team.

The mission

The IBMI science management team provides comprehensive administrative support to our scientists, giving them room to focus their full creative potential on developing the imaging techniques of tomorrow.

The scientific writer will specifically:

  • Lead the manuscript writing workflow and oversee implementation of writing guidelines according to our institute standards
  • Compile and revise manuscripts for IBMI scientists based on their scientific input and provide assistance in preparing figures, schematics and working models
  • Support IBMI public relations and marketing activities
  • Assist with applications for third-party funding from national and international funding agencies
  • Support developing, authoring, and compiling grant proposals together with IBMI scientists
  • Assist submission of grant proposals and manuscripts
  • Support project management activities, including compilation of scientific reports
  • Work at the interface between IBMI scientists and the central administrations of HMGU and TUM, external partners and national and international funding agencies
  • Proof-read scientific texts with regard to the various target audiences

Your profile

The successful applicant must have the following:

  • High motivation, scientific curiosity, initiative, and commitment to excellence
  • PhD degree in Electrical engineering, Physics, Optics, Medical Technology, Biomedical computing, or Natural sciences
  • Extensive experience in independent writing of texts for scientific audiences, including proposals for competitive funding and peer-reviewed publications as well as the general public
  • Excellent ability to analyze and present complex research projects to various audiences
  • Excellent command of English and German, both written and spoken
  • Independent, flexible, and solution-oriented working style
  • Strong organizational and management skills
  • Commitment to quickly familiarize with new, interdisciplinary research projects
  • Collaborative spirit and ability to work on a highly international and interdisciplinary team
  • Solid IT skills (MS Office, Photoshop etc.)

What we offer you

A challenging and versatile field of work providing you with the freedom to follow your instinct and be creative. With the help of extensive and goal-orientated professional development measures and career-building programmes we encourage you to grow as a person. To ensure a good work/life balance we assist you with flexible working hours, in-house health management, a nursery and an “Elder Care” concept as well as other consultation and support options.

Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and research institutes it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (TV EntgO Bund).

The position is (initially) limited to two years, but under certain circumstances an extension can be arranged.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. To increase the share of women in management positions we very much welcome the respective applications. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

Curious? If you have further questions, simply contact Dr. Robert Wilson on +49 89 4140 8671, who will be happy to be of assistance.

Your application

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application, preferably in English.

For any questions, please contact:

Dr. Robert Wilson

Helmholtz Zentrum München
German Research Center for Environmental Health (GmbH)
Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI)
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
85764 Neuherberg, Germany


The Helmholtz Zentrum München is part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization. Altogether 40 000 people currently work in its 19 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers. The Association's annual budget amounts to around 4.7 billion Euros.