Position: Postdoctoral Researcher in Medicinal Chemistry / Chemical Biology

Department: Cancer Drug Development

Code number: 2021-0273

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:

In the Cancer Drug Development group, we are interested in the synthesis and biological evaluation of novel chemical entities for use in oncological research and treatment. You will be scientifically responsible for one or more synthetic organic chemistry projects ranging from medicinal chemistry optimization of novel anti-cancer leads to natural product total synthesis. This will entail detailed reading of the literature, planning, execution, optimization and analysis of multi-step reaction sequences, presentation of results in group meetings and conferences, writing of grant proposals and publications as well as supervision of students and technicians.


  • Highly motivated and creative individual with a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry
  • Ability to work on mg or multi-gram scale
  • Experience in retrosynthetic analysis, Schlenk technique and standard means of purification (chromatography, crystallization, distillation, HPLC)
  • Experience analyzing NMR (1D and 2D) and MS spectroscopic data
  • Applicants with additional experience in biochemistry and chemical biology (e.g. enzyme kinetics, cell culture, gels, blotting techniques) are also desired
  • Ability to clearly communicate ideas verbally and on the white-board

Your application should include a CV with publication list, two references, a brief research summary, and a copy of your diploma / master's grades.

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: 04.10.2021

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: 22.09.2021


Dr. Aubry Miller
Phone +49 (0)6221/42-3307

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.

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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.