Position: PhD Student on the topic “Biomarker establishment for outcome prediction in thoracic tumors”

Department: DKTK Dresden - Radiation Oncology

Code number: 2020-0288

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:

  • Assessment of biomarkers for outcome prediction (tumor and normal tissues) in non-small cell lung cancer patients treated with photon or proton beam therapy, in the context of a prospective clinical study
  • Establishment of novel imaging biomarkers, based on computed tomography (CT) and (functional) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by correlating imaging data with the radiation treatment plans
  • Introduction and evaluation of prospective cardiac and pulmonary function tests
  • Transfer of results to other tumor sites, e.g. esophageal cancer


  • Master in physics, biomedical engineering, biology, or related fields
  • Excellent programming skills
  • 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 German and 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: 01.01.2021

Duration: The position is limited to 3 years.

Application Deadline: 26.11.2020


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

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The DKFZ is committed to increase the proportion of women in all areas and positions in which women are underrepresented. Qualified female applicants are therefore particularly encouraged 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.