Position: PhD Position

Department: Radiooncology / Radiobiology

Code number: 2021-0220

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:

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with a background in cell and molecular biology who is experienced in bioinformatics, especially omics analysis e.g. RNAseq plus state-of-the-art bio-wet-lab techniques. The successful candidate will work in a highly interdisciplinary field (biology, medicine, bioinformatics) and proactive work is expected.

The advertised PhD position focuses on the molecular (bioinformatics and wet lab) investigation of novel biomarkers for sex-related differences on susceptibility, prognosis and therapy of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. A good basic knowledge of statistics and data analysis is advantageous.

The project “Impact of sex-related differences on susceptibility, prognosis and therapy of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma” is embedded within the research groups "Radiobiology / Radiooncology" and "Molecular Mechanisms of Head and Neck Tumors" and is part of the project proposal for the DKFZ-MOST COOPERATION IN CANCER RESEARCH together with our Israeli partner the group of Prof. Moshe Elkabets "Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics" at the Ben-Gurion University of Negev.

The project is based on a regular exchange with our Israeli partner and their PhD student, whose project is complementary to the one announced here. This includes the willingness to travel to Israel.



    • Master's degree in biology, bioinformatics, or a related field
    • The ability to independently take responsibility over your project
    • Strong teamwork and communication skills
    • Reliability, attention to detail and effective time management
    • Excellent written and oral command of English is essential

    We offer:

    • Interesting, versatile workplace
    • International, attractive working environment
    • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
    • Access to international research networks
    • Doctoral student payment including social benefits
    • Flexible working hours
    • Comprehensive training and mentoring program through the Helmholtz International Graduate School

    Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

    Duration: The position is limited to 3 years.

    Application Deadline: 05.08.2021


    Dr. Ina Kurth
    Phone +49 6221/42-1665

    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.