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Careers at BBMRI-ERIC

Work for BBMRI-ERIC!

The following positions are currently open:

No vacancies

Work for a BBMRI National Node!

Our National Nodes are currently searching for the following: 

  • German Biobank Node: IT Coordinator at GBN office located at Charité in Berlin- more details
  • Special Scientist- Business Development Manager at the University of Cyprus – more details

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Please email us if you would like us to advertise your vacancy.

Our Culture

BBMRI-ERIC offers a unique working environment and serves many roles, including:

  • an efficient service provider to stakeholders in the biomedical sciences,
  • a vital international organisation at the European level,
  • an active partner in many European and international projects, and
  • an organiser of Europe’s largest biobanking conference.

We provide a friendly office environment in the lively central European city of Graz, a city that combines urban life with southern flair. Our headquarters employs nearly 40 people from almost 20 countries. We also work with a vast network of experts to address ELSI, IT, and Quality issues in each of our member states, as well as in our National Nodes, which are headquartered at biobanks or university departments across Europe.

What unites us? Our common mission to make biobanks and their collection of biological materials from BBMRI-ERIC Nodes findable and accessible.

Graz Schlossberg and Clock Tower (© C.Stadler/Bwag; CC-BY-SA-4.0)

Why join BBMRI-ERIC? 

Staff benefits include:

  • flexible working hours
  • private health insurance (in addition to public insurance, ÖGK)
  • private pension plan (RESAVER)
  • English-speaking work environment
  • comfortable office in the heart of Graz’s biomedical community
  • involvement in international projects and diverse networking opportunities
  • tax allowance for researchers and scientists

Living in Graz

Found in the “Green Heart” of the Styrian province, Graz is a hotbed of culture, surrounded by nature, and offers exciting recreation possibilities in every direction. Learn more about Region Graz here!

Graz has been and continues to be a very safe, friendly city to live in. Overall crime rates in Austria have dropped steadily over the past 10 years. The City of Graz is taking active steps to protect its citizens by providing resources to respond to crises. Learn more about safety in Graz on the provincial website for police crime statistics, the website for police crime statistics of the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, and the City of Graz website on citizen safety.

Newly arrived in Graz and wondering where to begin? Start by downloading the “New in Graz” brochure created by the City of Graz! This helpful brochure is available in 10 languages and provides you with the tips and ideas you need to get started in your new “home away from home”. The City of Graz also recommends using the helpful app “capito” to break down language barriers!”

BBMRI offering support and creating connections

At BBMRI-ERIC, the health and safety of our staff is a top priority. The past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have required patience, flexibility, and adaptation on all sides.

BBMRI has streamlined its management processes and partially restructured the Headquarters operations to meet these challenges. Our goal is to create a great working environment so that BBMRI-ERIC staff can further advance scientifically and contribute substantially to the growth of the biomedical sciences.

Fun Facts about the BBMRI HQ

Working language: English

Languages spoken among staff: 17 – and counting! (English, Czech, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, German, Italian, Arabic, French, Slovenian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Galician, Dutch, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish, Albanian)

Ratio of coffee vs. tea drinkers: almost 1:1

Proportion of staff who bike to work regularly: 25%

Most recent team-building destination: Carinthia, Bad St. Leonhard, mid-March 2024

Our Philosophy

We believe in work-life balance

At BBMRI-ERIC, we believe in the importance of our work – but not at the expense of our well-being. Our flexible working hours allow us to pick up our kids from school, compensate for our travel schedules, or work from home on occasion. As a publicly funded institution, BBMRI-ERIC staff consider both ecological and economic factors when travelling for work.

We hire talented professionals and trust them to get their work done without someone looking over their shoulder. We believe that people are the most productive when they have some control over their schedules – and our staff say this mindset is a huge asset to working at BBMRI.

We believe in taking care of our staff

In addition to Austrian holidays and paid leave, our staff receive a benefits package that includes private health insurance and a private pension scheme (RESAVER). Staff can take their pension with them if they move elsewhere in Europe, which is a huge advantage for our internationally minded team.

Our Headquarters is based in a modern building on the Medical University Graz campus, a dynamic area of Graz with excellent public transportation connections. A parking garage is also found nearby. Several local restaurants, a bakery, a grocery store, a post office, and a household goods store fulfill the culinary and shopping needs of the medical professionals, researchers, and staff working in the area.

We believe in supporting sustainability

We are taking every step possible to reduce the carbon footprint of BBMRI-ERIC and this includes our sustainable travel policy. Where possible, we utilise technologies that enable remote access to workshops and meetings. If travel is required, we choose the least environmentally damaging options.

We are mindful that BBMRI-ERIC is a publicly funded organisation, and all travel is organised from both an ecological and economical point of view. Our headquarters in Graz is based in a newly constructed ‘intelligent building’ that makes use of the latest energy efficient technologies. 

We believe in spreading our wings

BBMRI-ERIC has National Nodes in 23 member and observer states, hosts an annual European conference, and participates in several EU H2020/Horizon Europe projects. For these reasons, staff attend meetings across the European continent and beyond, giving them frequent opportunities to network with professionals around the world.

The website was co-funded within ADOPT BBMRI-ERIC, a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 676550.
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