Position: PhD Student on the topic “Individualised preclinical radiotherapy in combination with systemic treatment”

Department: DKTK Dresden - Radiation Oncology

Code number: 2020-0241

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.

Together with university partners at seven renowned partner sites, we have established the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK). For the partner site of DKTK Dresden the German Cancer Research Center is seeking a PhD Student.


Job description:

  • Perform preclinical in vivo experiments (preclinical trial) on irradiation with systemic drug application, where cell lines and drugs have been pre-selected by partners in high-throughput-assays
  • Perform in vitro experiments
  • Prepare and evaluate immunohistochemical sections or other parameters that help deciphering mechanistical questions
  • Working in cooperation with partners: molecular radiobiology (in-house) and workgroups of the Massachusetts General Hospital Boston
  • Writing of publications and data reports for the grant project


  • Master/Diploma in biology, biotechnology, biomedicine or related fields
  • Knowledge in tumor biology, tumor genesis or tissue homeostasis is desirable
  • Basic skills in mammalian cell culture, molecular biology and histological techniques as well as in vivo techniques would be advantageous
  • A strong interest in translational studies on experimental tumors including readiness to perform in vivo experiments (FELASA B is a plus)
  • Strong commitment, motivation and discipline to work independently and efficiently
  • Strong team player with the ability to succeed in a dynamic international environment
  • Excellent ability to communicate and write in English

Applications should include a CV, cover letter, certificates and the expected availability date.

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: 06.10.2020


Karina Förster
Phone +49(0)351/458-3095

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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