Position: PhD Student

Department: Cell Cycle Control and Carcinogenesis

Code number: 2020-0237

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.

Job description:

The PhD project is focused on the interplay between the formation of focal adhesions (FA) and the organization of the mitotic spindle apparatus in metastatic breast cancer.

Correct spindle orientation is achieved through signaling pathways that provide a molecular link between the cell cortex and spindle microtubules in an F-actin-dependent manner (Zhu et al., J Cell Biol 2013, 200, 773-787; Kschonsak and Hoffmann, J Cell Sci 131, 2018). Mitotic spindle orientation abnormalities and loss of cell adhesion, have been proposed to facilitate cancer invasion and metastasis, yet the molecular mechanisms underlying these processes are largely unknown. To study the interplay between the two processes we will use ex vivo breast cancer models that show different characteristics in response to their invasion and metastatic properties.

Further information about our team at http://www.dkfz.de/en/f045/index.php


Applicants should hold a diploma / master's degree in biology or life sciences with excellent grades, theoretical and experimental background in cellular biology and biochemistry and have strong laboratory and analytical skills.

To apply, please submit your CV, a motivational letter, a transcript of records from both bachelor's and master's studies, a document of high proficiency in spoken and written English and a list of contact addresses (e-mail or telephone numbers) of at least two referees 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
  • 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: 02.11.2020

Duration: The position is limited to 3 years with the possibility of prolongation.

Application Deadline: 26.10.2020


Prof. Dr. Ingrid Hoffmann
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-4908

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.