Position: Manager for Business Development and Transition Planning

Department: Signaling and Functional Genomics

Code number: 2022-0341

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 Division "Signaling and Functional Genomics", headed by Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, is performing research on oncogenic signaling pathways and develops high-throughput functional genomic approaches for target discovery.


Job description:

We are seeking a candidate for business development to join an EIC transition project team (European Innovation Council, https://eic.ec.europa.eu). The EIC is Europe’s flagship innovation programme to identify, develop and scale up breakthrough technologies. In the EIC project we are developing and validating a new drug discovery platform based on patient-derived organoids (PDOs) and machine learning-assisted phenotypic target validation. The project will target critical, cell-specific vulnerabilities in cancer and is based on technologies and approaches developed previously during an ERC project. The EIC project is a close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Matthias Ebert (Director, II. Medical Clinic, University Hospital Mannheim and Heidelberg University). Initially, this platform will be used to identify therapeutics to target stem cell signaling pathways in colorectal cancer (see also Betge et al., 2022, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-022-30722-9). The ideas will be tested in the innovation ecosystem of the phenotypic drug discovery space. The platform technology as well as validated targets will serve as basis for a new spin-off company to be founded during the course of the project.

As part of the project, you will compile business and market intelligence to assess the commercial value of research-derived technologies, and you will be responsible for coordinating and planning the technology to market activities of the project. You will develop a strategy, outline the milestones and write an initial business plan. A market segmentation will be analyzed and a cost model together with a commercialization strategy will be developed. Market research, the acquisition of new projects, and the search for potential long-term partnering opportunities will serve as a basis for further developments.


We are looking for a highly motivated, entrepreneur-spirited expert for business planning in the biotechnology field. Knowledge of high-throughput technologies and data analysis is of advantage. Candidates should have an advanced academic degree in the field of business administration or economics. You should be able to work independently and also have excellent team working skills. The position further requires organizational qualifications and the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external collaborators. An excellent written and oral command of English is essential.

The application shall include a CV, a letter of motivation, degree certificates, and names and contact information of at least two references.

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: 01.11.2022

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

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 28.09.2022


Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-1950

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.