Position: Senior Scientist / Deputy Research Group Leader

Department: HI-TRON Mainz - Personalized Immunotherapies

Code number: 2023-0308

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 translational onco-immunology or immunotherapies. The position will establish a translational research group close to the University Medical Center at the Johannes Gutenberg University. Your main task will be to support Prof. Dr. Özlem Türeci, who is member of the HI-TRON Mainz Scientific Management Board, in leading her research group at HI-TRON Mainz. Candidates with an outstanding scientific track record and a dedicated high-potential research program will have the opportunity to gain experience in co-supervising 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 become a key contact person for scientific matters of the department. Working with Prof. Türeci, you will both continue your own research ideas and implement new translational, collaborative research projects. The position thus offers you the unique opportunity to learn from a high-caliber scientist in a lively, motivated environment while still building or refining your own expertise.


We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious scientist (with PhD, MD or MD-PhD degree) with more than 5 years of postdoctoral experience in translational or clinical research at the time of application (periods of parental leave, nursing leave or unavoidable downtime will be considered). Several years of professional experience in leading research projects is required; as well as the willingness to lead complex projects in an international environment across institutions and with collaborative partners, especially at the interface of basic, translational, and clinical research. Applicants should have succcessfully applied for third-party funding, a good scientific track record and experience in presenting their research in an international setting.

The candidate should have profound knowledge in the field of onco-immunology, immunotherapies and patient data management. Strong interest in the identification of novel tumor biomarkers and experience in supporting the transfer of laboratory research to the clinic would be a great asset.

The scientist should have a very structured, precise and independent working style, an analytical mindset and good problem solving skills. Excellent written and oral English language skills are expected, German language skills are desirable but not mandatory. Enthusiastic team players with very good communication skills are desired.


We offer:

  • Excellent framework conditions: state-of-the-art equipment and opportunities for international networking at the highest level
  • Remuneration according to TV-L incl. occupational pension plan and capital-forming payments
  • 30 days of vacation per year
  • Flexible working hours
  • Possibility of mobile work and part-time work
  • Family-friendly working environment, e.g. parent-child room, advisory services caring for elderly relatives
  • Sustainable travel to work: subsidized Germany job ticket
  • Unleash your full potential: targeted offers for your personal development to further develop your talents
  • Our Corporate Health Management Program offers a holistic approach to your well-being

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 may work at the DKFZ.

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is limited to 5 years, provided that all requirements according to the Act on Fixed-Term Employment Contracts in Academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG) are met.

The position can in principle be part-time. 

Application Deadline: 29.09.2023


Dr. Julia Neuhaus
Phone +49 6131 2161 141

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.