Position: PhD Student in Cell Plasticity and Epigenetic Remodeling

Department: Helmholtz Young Investigator Group "Cell Plasiticity and Epigenetic Remodeling"

Code number: 2019-0192

The German Cancer Research Center is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With approximately 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research.

Job description:

The Helmholtz Young Investigator Group "Cell Plasticity and Epigenetic Remodeling" (Head: Dr. Darjus Tschaharganeh) offers an open position for a PhD student. Our research group is an innovative group of scientists located at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Institute of Pathology at the University Hospital Heidelberg. We have strong expertise in applying functional-genomics technologies to murine cancer models to investigate genetic and epigenetic changes, which drive cancer. We are searching a PhD student for a recently funded project within the DKFZ-MOST cooperation. In this project, we aim to implement drug-encapsulated nanoparticles that specifically target tumor cells or immune cells and evaluate their efficacy in the preclinical setting of immune-competent autochthonous murine liver cancer models. The project will be performed in close collaboration with the Shamay lab at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. 


We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious PhD candidate, who wants to pursue research projects with creativity, independence and team spirit. Interest in techniques such as mouse models of cancer, molecular biology, and immunotherapy are required. The applicant should work efficiently, be highly self-motivated and accurate. Excellent written and oral capabilities in English are essential. The candidate will be enrolled in the DKFZ International PhD program (http://www.dkfz.de/en/phd-program/index.html?m=1483624252). If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, your CV, publication list, and university degrees in one pdf-file.

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

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is limited to 3 years.

Application Deadline: 04.07.2019


Dr. Darjus-Felix Tschaharganeh
Phone +49 (0)6221/56-34555

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The German Cancer Research Center is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and encourages female applicants 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 (www.dkfz.de/jobs).

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.