Position: Postdoc - Molecular and Cellular Biology

Department: Biomedical Physics in Radiation Oncology

Code number: 2019-0070

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.

Job description:

The candidate will be investigating healthy and cancer cell responses and mechanisms that accompany cell irradiation, with X-ray, protons, helium, carbon and oxygen ions. The candidate will be working on engineering and validating mammalian cell lines to express or knock-down target genes. The Postdoc will analyze gene expression, run cellular assays to evaluate cell viability, cytotoxicity, apoptosis and DNA double-strand break using histone gH2AX (or other methods) post irradiation. The candidate will be involved in designing and executing experiments, analyzing and interpreting data, and presenting results.


  • PhD in Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry or related fields with experience in mammalian cell cultures
  • Experience in evaluating cell viability, cytotoxicity, and apoptosis using FACS and confocal microscopy, and gene/protein expression by RT-qPCR and western blot analysis is preferred
  • Experience in knocking-down genes of interest and characterization of the engineered cell lines is requested

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 2 years.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 11.04.2019


Prof. Dr. Joao Seco
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-2554

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.                           

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