Position: Epidemiologist / Postdoc

Department: Cancer Epidemiology

Code number: 2021-0345

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 Division of Cancer Epidemiology is conducting studies in context of several large-scale population-based cohorts (EPIC, NAKO), patient cohorts (MARIE, breast cancer), and prospective screening trials (lung cancer: LUSI, 4-In-The-Lung-Run; prostate cancer: PROBASE). Studies currently focus on lifestyle, nutrition & metabolism and other risk factors for cancer development and survival, overall and cause-specific mortality risk and life expectancy; markers for early cancer detection (ovarian, endometrium, lung); and modelling of risk-stratified approaches for the optimization of cancer screening (lung, prostate).


Job description:

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to join an international research team. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work in one or more of the above study areas, and will be responsible for own data analyses and writing of scientific publications. The successfull candidate will also contribute to the supervision of research assistants and PhD students and the preparation of grant applications.


  • PhD degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or a related discipline
  • Training in medicine or biological sciences
  • Experience in planning, conduct and analysis of epidemiological studies
  • Good statistical evaluation and programming skills with SAS and/or R
  • Record of first author scientific publications and excellent writing skills (fluency in English)
  • Enthusiasm for working in an international research 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
  • Access to the DKFZ  International Postdoc Program

Earliest possible start date: 01.01.2022

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

The position can in principle be part-time.

Application deadline: 11.12.2021


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.

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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.