Position: Postdoc

Department: DKTK/DKFZ Research Group led by Dr. Henner Farin

Code number: 2018-0324

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 Frankfurt the German Cancer Research Center is seeking a Postdoc.

Job description:

The DKTK/DKFZ Research Group led by Dr. Henner Farin at the Georg-Speyer-Haus (Frankfurt) is inviting applications for a motivated researcher to study patient-specific drug responses in colon cancer. The project builds up on concerted efforts at Georg-Speyer-Haus and the University Cancer Center (UCT) Frankfurt, where a living biobank of tumor organoids has been established and characterized by whole exome and transcriptome sequencing.

We are searching for a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow for a project that is funded by the Frankfurt Cancer Institute for 1 year with option for extension. The researcher will be responsible for setting up a semi-automated drug screening platform to characterize established colon cancer organoids. 3D co-culture models with primary fibroblasts will be performed to study drug resistance mechanisms. The researcher will develop assays, analyze and integrate data generated at the Genomics & Proteomics Core Facility at the DKFZ in Heidelberg and manage the collaboration with local, national and international partners. We offer a highly innovative project and intensive training in a dynamic, international research team.


Requirements are a valid master's degree in life science , a PhD degree and previous experience in pharmacology and/or tumor biology. Expertize in mammalian cell culture (stem cells/ 3D cultures/ primary cells) is mandatory, and interest in bioinformatics (R programming), and a theoretical background in genome, transcriptome and/or proteome analysis are highly desired. Successful candidates should be well-organized, have a goal-oriented work attitude and team working skills.

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 to 1 year with the possibility of prolongation.

Application Deadline: 25.01.2019


Dr. Henner Farin
Phone +49(0)69/63395-520

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.