Position: Epidemiologist

Department: Cancer Epidemiology

Code number: 2021-0141

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.

Applications are invited for an epidemiologist to work on projects related to early cancer detection and screening within the Division of Cancer Epidemiology at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ, Heidelberg), with emphasis on lung cancer.

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology conducts studies within several prospective cohorts and cohort consortia in Germany, Europe and the USA, and is also involved in randomized trials to test approaches for lung cancer screening by low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). Main areas of research include the development of risk prediction models, and studies for the identification and validation of markers for early cancer detection.


Job description:

The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing studies as well as the design and analyses of new projects. The main duties of the post include:

  • To organize and perform studies for the evaluation of candidate biomarkers of cancer risk and early detection
  • To develop and evaluate models of cancer risk prediction
  • To develop and cross-validate diagnostic algorithms for early cancer detection, combining data on individual cancer risk factors, imaging data and biological markers
  • To prepare papers for refereed journals and other academic outputs


Applicants must have a PhD degree or equivalent training and experience in epidemiology, and experience in the design and analysis of large-scale epidemiological and/or clinical studies. The candidates will need to have enthusiasm for disease related research, and excellent working knowledge of statistical, mathematical and database packages – in particular SAS and R.

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 position is limited until 31.12.2023.

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application Deadline: 01.07.2021


Prof. Dr. Rudolf Kaaks
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-2219

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.