Position: PhD Student

Department: DKTK München - Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the Technical University of Munich, Klinikum Rechts der Isar

Code number: 2020-0007

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 München the German Cancer Research Center is seeking a PhD student.

The Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the Technical University of Munich, Klinikum Rechts der Isar location, is seeking to appoint one PhD student for the development of novel end-to-end deep-learning architectures for the analysis of medical images and their associated clinical records in pancreatic cancer patients.

The development of such algorithms will advance the fields of radiology and oncology and enable better pre-therapeutic patient stratification, improve clinical decision making and ultimately improve pancreatic cancer prognosis.

Job description:

You will be tasked with the implementation of multi-input, end-to-end deep learning architectures using current state-of-the-art tools by working in a multidisciplinary team of radiologists, machine-learning researchers, oncologists and fellow students. You will be jointly supervised by the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at TUM and the Department of Computing at Imperial College London and will have the opportunity to participate in the active academic exchange between our institutions. 

You will have the opportunity to work at the forefront of biomedical imaging analysis, using large, proprietary datasets, and using contemporary techniques such as transfer learning, federated and privacy-preserving AI, decentralised systems and multimodal deep learning.


  • An M.Sc. (or equivalent) in an area pertinent to the subject, i.e. (biomedical) computing, mathematics or data/ software engineering with a focus on machine learning
  • Proven track record (courses, extracurricular activities, portfolio, blog posts etc.) in machine learning, especially in the areas of deep learning, computer vision and biomedical imaging analysis
  • Practical experience with multidisciplinary research and supervision of students 
  • Practical experience with industry standard software engineering practices (version control, test-driven development, documentation-writing, reproducible AI) is highly desired
  • Excellent Python programming skills are required
  • Experience with front-end web development and other languages such as Julia or Swift is desired
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, knowledge of the German language is not a requirement
  • Ability to self-organise, address and communicate findings and issues with superiors in a time-efficient and structured manner is required
  • A publication track record is desired but not required 

The application should include the following documents:

  • A one-page cover letter 
  • A full CV 
  • A two-page statement detailing your research interests, how your experience and expertise is relevant to the posting, and why you feel you are personally suited for the position
  • Applicants will be invited for an informal meeting and a 45 minute technical interview at a later time

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: 17.03.2020


Rickmer Braren
Phone 089/4140-5627

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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