Position: Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Translational Oncology

Department: Junior Clinical Cooperation Unit "Translational Gastrointestinal Oncology and Preclinical Models"

Code number: 2021-0069

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.

The Junior Clinical Cooperation Unit "Translational Gastrointestinal Oncology and Preclinical Models" (Head: Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Johannes Betge) aims to establish novel, individualized therapies for patients with advanced gastrointestinal cancer. The newly established group is part of the DKFZ with locations at the DKFZ Campus in Heidelberg and at the Department of Medicine II, Mannheim Medical Center (University of Heidelberg), thereby having access to top-level technical infrastructure together with clinical connection for direct translation to bedside.


Job description:

The successful applicant may work with advanced preclinical models (esp. organoids, immunoorganoids) to analyze cancer biology and drug response/resistance mechanisms, perform drug screening for identification of novel, innovative treatment options (e.g. drug combinations), as well as molecular analyses of organoids and tumors for biomarker discovery. The position includes supervision of MD and M.Sc. students and collaboration within our group and with our clinical and scientific partners.


We are looking for a highly motivated, team-oriented individual with strong interest in the field of molecular and translational oncology. Your profile should include a PhD degree in the field of life sciences (molecular biology, biotechnology or equivalent filed) and extraordinary intrinsic and curiosity-driven motivation for translational research. Experiences in standard laboratory techniques such as cell culture, PCR, Western Blot, as well as documented skills in scientific publication are a prerequisite. At least basic experiences with analysis of larger data sets (e.g. NGS-data, HTS-data) using R-based tools (or similar) would be desirable. Experience in work with organoids or pharmacological screening would be of advantage but no prerequisite.

Applications should consist of a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and contact information of two referees.


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 initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation. ‚Äč

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application deadline: 20.04.2021


PD Dr. med. Johannes Betge
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-1965

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.