Position: Division head for “Translational Molecular Imaging”

Department: Translational Molecular Imaging

Code number: 2019-0036

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. Located on the biomedical campus in Heidelberg, the DKFZ is embedded in a highly attractive scientific environment offering a broad spectrum of opportunities for collaborations. Moreover, we provide excellent research conditions, an international and collegial research environment and access to state-of-the-art core facilities. To efficiently translate novel findings from basic science into the clinic, the DKFZ, in partnership with leading university medical centers, has established the National Center for Tumor Diseases and the German Cancer Consortium.

Job description:

The DKFZ, with funding from the Dieter Morszeck Foundation, is currently seeking an outstanding scientist in the field of medical physics to establish a new division on “Translational Molecular Imaging” at the DFKZ to further enhance preclinical imaging platforms and technologies. The research should focus on the design of multimodal biosensors and reporters for MRI purposes and their testing in a preclinical setting on different animal models. Specific focus should be on the development of novel concepts regarding hyperpolarization applications in biomedical contexts. The candidate is expected to establish an integrative imaging concept at the interface of physics, medicine and biochemistry to advance the translation of novel imaging approaches from preclinical model experiments to clinical application.



Eligible applicants hold a University and doctoral degree in natural sciences, mathematics or medicine with special focus on medical physics. The candidate should have international research experience and an excellent scientific track record in the development of non-invasive imaging technology and protocols especially for Magnet Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR). Applicants must further have international research experience and an outstanding scientific track record in this field, especially in MR and NMR-based imaging methods. The ideal candidate is expected to pursue highly innovative imaging research projects at the frontiers of cancer research and should be able to successfully raise extramural funding. They should furthermore have experience in leadership with accountability for staff and budgets.



To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of publications, summary of past research and future plans (max. 5 pages) and names and addresses of two to three references using our online application portal (www.dkfz.de/jobs). Applications will be preselected and short-listed candidates will be invited to the DKFZ to present and discuss their research and future plans.

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive further training program

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is permanent.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 07.03.2019


Prof. Dr. med. Michael Baumann
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-2850

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.