Position: Technical Assistant - Impact of RNA-Protein Interactions in Cell Division

Department: RNA Biology & Cancer

Code number: 2020-0231

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.

In the Division of RNA Biology & Cancer at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, we are recruiting a technical assistant eager to take part in a ground-breaking research project in the field of RNA/protein biology founded by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Isabelle Vernos (CRG, Barcelona, Spain).


Job description:

Our research generally focuses on the impact of RNA-protein complexes and their functional characterization. Here, we aim to elucidate the role of RNA-protein interactions in the control of cell division. It will involve a large spectrum of molecular and cellular biology methodologies in in vivo as well as in vitro experimental settings (including among others cell culture, immunoprecipitation and protein preparation). In particular, the project will involve experiments in the Xenopus system. While most of the techniques are already available in our lab, the successful achievement of the goals will also require technical support in the exploration and establishment of new methods. Our international team headed by Prof. Sven Diederichs offers a supportive and cooperative environment with high standards to promote high-quality research in respect of good scientific practices.


We are looking for a very highly motivated colleague, with team spirit and a deep interest in research and challenging projects. Besides a successfully finished BTA/MTA/laboratory technician or similar education with above average grades, a good knowledge and practical experience in the basic protocols in molecular and cellular biology is essential as well as the ability to perform experiments efficiently, accurately and independently. An excellent proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

If you are interested, we are looking forward to reading your application (CV, grade reports and contact details for at least two referees in one single PDF) submitted via the online application portal (www.dkfz.de/jobs).

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

Earliest Possible Start Date: 01.01.2021

Duration: The position is limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 30.09.2020


Dr. Maiwen Caudron-Herger
Phone +49 6221/42-4382

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.