Position: Machine Learning Engineers

Department: Medical Image Computing

Code number: 2020-0336

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 the Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC, Berlin, Germany) and the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY, Hamburg, Germany), the DKFZ will implement and operate the Helmholtz Imaging Platform (HIP). Within this platform, the Applied Computer Vision group was established at DKFZ to support Helmholtz researchers in the development of custom AI-powered image analysis algorithms. Together with the other partners in HIP, the group drives and promotes synergies across the entire imaging pipeline at different scales in space and time including a versatile range of modalities and applications within the Helmholtz Association.


Job description:

We are looking for three excellent machine learning engineers with a passion for building AI solutions in the field of computer vision. The Applied Computer Vision group covers a broad range of activities including consulting in and development of automatic image analysis solutions as well as semi-supervised learning scenarios. The activities include the whole process from initial data preparation up to the standardized evaluation of algorithms in international competitions.

The positions come with the opportunity to broaden your expertise to the full breadth of thrilling research applications in the Helmholtz Association, ranging from aeronautics to deep-sea research, from astronomy to particle physics and from medical applications to climate research. Typical projects of our unit involve tight collaboration with various of these application domains in order to identify and adapt the best-matching state-of-the-art computer vision solutions to the specific problem at hand.

The unit is tightly woven into the scientific infrastructure of the DKFZ and the HIP platform. This ensures a close connection to the most recent scientific developments in the field. Our HIP partners in Heidelberg include the upcoming HIP young investigator group ‘Interactive Machine Learning’, the Division of Computer Assisted Medical Interventions and the Division of Medical Image Computing.


  • PhD or M.Sc. in computer science, physics, mathematics or a related field
  • Pragmatic mindset and a great interest in applying methods across domains
  • Ability to work independently and to manage the communication and knowledge exchange with research partners both within the DKFZ and other Helmholtz Centers
  • Experience in adapting state-of-the-art algorithms to new applications and domains
  • Excellent oral and written English skills

To apply, please submit a single PDF file containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, university certificates and a summary of past (research) activities via our online tool.

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: as soon as possible

Duration: The positions are limited until 31.12.2022 with the possibility of prolongation.

The positions can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 27.01.2021


Dr. Fabian Isensee
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-2353

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 (https://www.dkfz.de/en/stellenangebote/index.php).

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.