Position: Technical Assistant

Department: Tumorigenesis and Molecular Cancer Prevention

Code number: 2023-0378

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 Junior Research Group "Tumorigenesis and Molecular Cancer Prevention" studies the early stages of gastric and oesophageal cancer development. We use single-cell sequencing technologies to investigate the relationship between healthy and diseased tissues. We work closely with our network of international and local collaborators and in our interdisciplinary studies we use clinical samples and clinically relevant disease models (organoids), and we develop clinically applicable technologies for early detection of precancerous stages of gastric and oesophageal cancers.


Job description:

As a technical assistant, you will play a critical role in ensuring timely and accurate sample preparation, data processing and results dissemination. The work includes diverse implementation of single-cell assays (single-cell RNA sequencing, single- cell DNA sequencing) and bulk DNA and RNA analysis assays. In this role, you will further help with the development and maintenance of organoid cultures. You will plan experiments in close collaboration with other members of the lab and our local and international collaborators. Data analysis using MS Office, Prism, and R is expected. Our group values personal development and we will support your internal and external training that furthers your career.



Our group is searching for a highly motivated and flexible team player with organizational talent and high sense of responsibility and excellent communication skills who can comfortably work in a diverse international environment. Training as a technical assistant (TA, BTA, MTA, CTA) or equivalent degree is expected. Experience involving planning, implementing, and analysing experiments is expected. Experience working with single-cell or next-generation sequencing library preparation approaches is desirable but not essential. Very good written and spoken English and German knowledge and confidence to use English and German in the work environment are required. Proficiency in MS Office applications and IT skills are expected.

We offer:

  • Excellent framework conditions: state-of-the-art equipment and opportunities for international networking at the highest level
  • Compensation according to TV-L incl. occupational pension plan and capital-forming payments
  • 30 days of vacation per year
  • Possibility of part-time work
  • Family-friendly working environment, e.g. parent-child room and advisory services
  • 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 initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 07.12.2023


Dr. Karol Nowicki-Osuch
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-3239

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.