Position: Applications for the 16th call of Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups

Code number: 2019-0040

The German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) is a member of the Helmholtz Association and with its more than 3,000 employees the largest biomedical research institute in Germany and one of Europe’s leading cancer research centers. Our mission is to unravel the causes and mechanisms underlying cancer development and progression and, based on innovative research, develop novel strategies for the diagnosis, early detection, prevention and treatment of cancer. To efficiently translate novel findings from basic science into the clinic, the DKFZ in partnership with leading University Medical Centers established the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg and Dresden as well as the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) at eight sites in Germany. The DKFZ offers a highly attractive scientific setting with a unique broad spectrum of opportunities for collaboration. Moreover, we provide excellent research conditions, an international and collegial research environment and access to state-of-the-art core facilities.

For further information about our research programs please visit our web site (www.dkfz.de).


Eligible applicants are scientists (PhD, MD or MD-PhD degree) with more than 2 and less than 6 years of postdoctoral experience at the time of application (parental leave periods in this phase will be taken into consideration at two years per child under 12 years). Applicants must have international research experience documented by a minimum six-month continuous research stay abroad and an outstanding scientific track record.

The ideal candidates are expected to pursue highly innovative research projects at the frontiers of cancer research and to be able to successfully raise extramural funding.

Application process:

To apply, please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter to the Scientific Director Prof. Michael Baumann, curriculum vitae, list of publications, summary of past research and future plans (max. 3 pages) as well as names and addresses of two to three references. Applications must be submitted by February 24th, 2019 via the online application portal (www.dkfz.de/jobs).

Short-listed candidates will be invited to the DKFZ to present and discuss their research and future plans. In consultation with the DKFZ, successful candidates are expected to submit a proposal for a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group


Duration: The position is limited to 6 years.

Application Deadline: 24.02.2019


Dr. Angelika Michel
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-1666

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.