Position: Animal Technician Assistant / Lab Manager for a Biomedical Imaging Lab

Department: NCT Dresden - Department of Functional Imaging in Surgical Oncology

Code number: 2024-0048

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 National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) is a long-term cooperation between the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), excellent partners in university medicine and other research institutions at six locations in Germany. The goal of the NCT is to bring promising results from cancer research into clinical application quickly and safely. This approach is intended to provide cancer patients with nationwide access to innovative treatment options.

One of the six NCT sites is the NCT Dresden (NCT/UCC), which is a collaboration between the DKFZ, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden (UCC), the Carl Gustav Carus Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden and the Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).

For the Biomedical Optical Imaging Laboratory of the Department for Functional Imaging in Surgical Oncology at the NCT site in Dresden, we are looking for a highly skilled animal technician to perform animal experiments and imaging in our biomedical optical imaging laboratory.


Job description:

In this role, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare while supporting the development of new biomedical imaging technologies. If the applicant's profile and interests allow, this role could also include laboratory management responsibilities.

Your primary responsibilities will involve conducting and overseeing animal experimentation, coordinating study protocols, and ensuring the accurate collection of data - all while ensuring compliance with ethical and regulatory standards. Additionally, you will collaborate with our multidisciplinary team of scientists to plan and execute imaging experiments, as well as collaborate with researchers and veterinary staff to ensure the health and well-being of the animals. Responsibilities extend to assisting in the upkeep of laboratory equipment, supplies, and inventories.


To excel in this position, the ideal candidate should have a completed apprenticeship as a technical assistant / biology lab technician and possess extensive experience in animal experimentation and welfare, preferably in a research or academic environment. A FELASA certification or equivalent is required. Desired qualifications include experience in rodent procedures and colony management. Familiarity with larger animals and imaging techniques is beneficial but not mandatory. Essential skills for success in this role include strong organization, meticulous attention to detail, and a comprehensive understanding of regulatory guidelines and ethical principles related to animal research. Proficiency in both verbal and written communication in English is a prerequisite for daily work, with a preference for German language proficiency, although it is not mandatory.

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.

Application Deadline: 16.03.2024


Maria Voigt
Phone +49 (0)351/458-5587

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.