Position: Research Technician

Department: Microbiome and Cancer

Code number: 2022-0425

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.

Job description:

We are looking for a qualified and motivated research technician to support in vivo, ex vivo, and in vitro experiments on several projects focused on the role of the microbiome in cancer development and progression. The candidate will be responsible for taking daily care of research animals following standard operating procedures and according to animal welfare regulations. Additionally, the candidate will apply a variety of laboratory techniques in S2 areas in accordance with biosafety regulations.

Tasks / responsibilities will include:

  • Daily monitoring of animal health and data recording (such as animal weight, behavior, vital signs, tumor growth)
  • Performing basic procedures on animals (including weighing, oral gavaging, injections, dissection)
  • Collecting, handling/processing and storing of biological samples (e.g. mouse feces, blood, tissue) according to standard protocols
  • Operating  sensitive equipment to analyze samples or substances, conducting tests and reporting results
  • Recording and analyzing data

The ideal candidate will have previous experience of working with in vivo animal models, and will be passionate for doing work that makes things move forward. After a thorough training by our scientific staff members, the candidate should be able to implement a variety of laboratory techniques using standard protocols. These include DNA/RNA isolation and purification, protein extraction, genotyping using PCR, sample preparation for down-stream analyses (FACS, histology) and in vitro culturing of microbes or cell lines.



    • Education/training as lab technician or technical assistant or comparable, e.g. an undergraduate (BSc) degree in laboratory sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, or a related field from an accredited university or technical school
    • FELASA Function A certificate (former FELASA B certificate)
    • Proven working experience with animal models
    • Hands-on working experience with cell-culture (maintaining cell lines, establishing primary cell cultures) and/or molecular biology techniques (DNA/RNA isolation, PCR) would be an advantage
    • Strong organizational and time management skills
    • Reliability and flexibility
    • Structured, independent, and careful way of working
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills (English)


    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: 07.12.2022


    Dinara Burnasheva
    Phone + 49 (0)6221/42-4944

    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.