Position: Senior Scientist for the Department "mRNA Cancer Immunotherapies"

Department: HI-TROn Mainz - mRNA Cancer Immunotherapies

Code number: 2022-0307

The German Cancer Research Center is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With more than 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research.

The Helmholtz Institute HI-TRON is a collaboration of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) with the Research Institute for Translational Oncology at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (TRON gGmbH), the University Medical Center Mainz and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The goal of the partnership is to develop effective immunotherapies and to identify novel biomarkers for assessing the effectiveness of treatment.

 

Job description:

We are looking for an excellent researcher with a strong expertise in the field of mRNA cancer immunotherapies, to support Prof. Dr. Uǧur Șahin, who is member of the HI-TRON Mainz Scientific Management Board, in leading his research group at HI-TRON Mainz. Candidates with an outstanding scientific track record and research program will have the opportunity to gain experience in leading a research group, mentoring graduate students and postdocs, and guiding technical staff.

In addition to personnel responsibility, you will be responsible for scientific project management and the acquisition of third-party funding. On site, you are the contact person for all scientific matters of the department.

Requirements:

You are a highly motivated and ambitious scientist (with PhD, MD, or MD-PhD degrees) with more than 5 years of postdoctoral and/or industrial experience at the time of application (periods of parental leave, care leave, or unavoidable downtime will be considered). Several years of professional experience in managing research projects is required, as well as the willingness to manage complex projects in an international setting across the institute and with collaboration partners, especially with the DKFZ as the foundation sponsor of HI-TRON Mainz. Applicants should have experience in presenting their research in an international surrounding (e.g. presentation at poster sessions, retreats, etc.).

You have excellent knowledge of RNA technology and RNA production processes and a profound understanding of immunology, especially T cell biology. Know-how in sequencing techniques are advantageous. The experience in supporting the transfer of laboratory research to clinic would be a strong plus.

The scientist should bring a very structured, precise and independent working attitude, an analytical way of thinking and good problem-solving skills. Excellent written and oral skills in English are expected, German language skills are desired but not mandatory. Enthusiastic team player with very good communication skills are favored.

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Salary according to TV-L including social benefits
  • Possibility to work part-time
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive further training program

Important notice:

The DKFZ is subject to the regulations of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG). As a consequence, only persons who present proof of immunity against measles as well as against COVID-19 may work at the DKFZ.

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 30.09.2022

Contact:

Dr. Melanie Viel
Phone +49(0) 6131 2161141

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The DKFZ is committed to increase the proportion of women in all areas and positions in which women are underrepresented. Qualified female applicants are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.

To apply for a position please use our online application portal (https://www.dkfz.de/en/stellenangebote/index.php).

We ask for your understanding that we cannot return application documents that are sent to us by post (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Personalabteilung, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg) and that we do not accept applications submitted via email. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.