Position: Research Assistant in Single Cell and Spatial Genomics in part-time (50%)

Department: Artificial Intelligence in Oncoclogy

Code number: 2021-0156

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.

Job description:

The laboratory of Dr. Moritz Gerstung (Division of Artificial Intelligence in Oncoclogy) at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) is looking for a research assistant (50%) in single cell and spatial genomics. The group studies cancer evolution and investigates how cancers grow in their tissue context. To this end we use single cell and spatial genomics/ transcriptomics data in conjunction with digital pathology and machine learning. To support our efforts in single cell and spatial genomics data generation we are looking for a research assistant in our new lab at DKFZ which will open in September 2021. 


Your responsibilities:

  • Prepare and process human (tumour) tissue samples for single cell / nuclei libraries and spatial transcriptomics experiments (e.g. in situ sequencing, 10x visium, RNAscope)
  • Coordinate with tissue banks and collaborators for handling human tissue materials
  • Assist other scientists with single cell, spatial genomics and transcriptomics projects



Key skills:

  • A BSc/MSc in biological sciences or completed training as laboratory technician (TA) with relevant work experience
  • Experiences with tissue preservation (e.g. fixation, cryo-preservation) and sectioning including both paraffin embedded and frozen tissue material
  • Good understanding of molecular biology and associated practical techniques relevant to the role
  • Excellent organisational skills and written/oral communication skills


Desirable skills:

  • Experiences with immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization
  • Ability to efficiently familiarise to new protocols while independently troubleshoot and  optimise each process 
  • Ability to keep up-to-date records alongside attention to detail of samples and experimental settings 
  • Proven records of working efficiently within a team

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: 01.09.2021

Duration: The position is initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

Application Deadline: 24.06.2021


Dr. Moritz Gerstung
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-4522

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.