Position: PhD Student in Cancer Evolution

Department: DKTK München, Department of Medicine III (LMU Klinikum) and the Core Facility Mouse Models of Acute Leukemias

Code number: 2022-0415

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.

Together with university partners at seven renowned partner sites, we have established the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK).

The Department of Medicine III (LMU Klinikum, Spiekermann lab) and the Core Facility "Mouse Models of Acute Leukemias" (HMGU / Jeremias lab) at the DKTK partner site Munich are offering a PhD student position as part of the programs „Molecular Diagnostics, Early Detection and Biomarker Development“ and „Exploitation of Oncogenic Mechanisms“.


Job description:

The project focusses on acquired mechanisms of resistance towards targeted agents in acute leukemias. Multi-omics characterization of in vitro and in vivo models of drug resistance will be used to identify candidates for functional characterization. Moreover, clinical samples will be characterized to validate findings from model systems in human disease.



  • Above-average master's or diploma degree in medical or life sciences (biology or a related discipline)
  • Experience with techniques of molecular biology
  • Interest in bioinformatics and experience with R (programming / statistics)
  • Excellent communication skills in English, spoken and written
  • Eagerness to learn and contribute to future cancer characterization, in particular working with genome-wide expression, mutation and DNA methylation data
  • Enjoy working in a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment (lab medicine, clinics)
  • Strong motivation, scientific curiosity and commitment to scientific excellence

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Access to international research networks
  • Doctoral student payment including social benefits
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive training and mentoring program through the Helmholtz International Graduate School

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: 01.01.2023

Duration: The position is limited to 3 years.

Application Deadline: 10.12.2022


Christine Koppenhöhl
Phone +49 (0)89/4400-54627

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.