Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cancer Biology

Department: DKTK Berlin - Department of Pediatrics (CVK)

Code number: 2019-0256

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.

Together with university partners at seven renowned partner sites, we have established the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK). For the partner site of DKTK Berlin the German Cancer Research Center is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cancer Biology.

The Pediatric Oncology Reseach Institute of the Department of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and SCT (Director: Prof. Dr. A. Eggert) at the Charité - University Medicine Berlin is a recently founded multidisciplinary research institute. The main focus of all research programs is to improve cure rates of malignant diseases of childhood by combining basic, translational and clinical research. The Henssen laboratory investigates the biology of rare childhood cancers. For this purpose, the group relies on functional genomics (e.g. Henssen A. et al., Nature Genetics 2017) as well as advanced molecular biology approaches (e.g. Henssen A. et al., Science TM 2017).

Job description:

We are looking for someone with a background molecular biology, who is interested in cancer biology and computational biology. The successful applicant will lead a German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) project about intratumoral heterogeneity and tumor evolution of childhood tumors for which she/he will  1) develop new methods for single-cell sequencing, 2) plan and perform analyses within research projects of our group, 3) support our existing collaborations with other groups.


An ideal candidate is a recent PhD graduate or postdoctoral research scientist in biology, biochemistry, cancer biology, genomics or any other field with proven experience in molecular biology. The candidate should have excellent skills in all standard biochemistry techniques (PCR, immunoblotting, immunoprecipitations etc.) as well as basic programming skills for data analysis preferably in R and in one of the scripting languages such as Perl/Python. Excellent communication and project management skills are essential.

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
  • Access to the DKFZ  International Postdoc Program

Earliest possible start date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is limited until 31.12.2020.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application deadline: 27.08.2019


Julia Serr
Phone +49 030 450 564 656

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.                           

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