Position: Research Assistant in part-time (approx. 30h/week)

Department: Precision Sarcoma Research

Code number: 2021-0358

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 National Center of Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg is a joint institution of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the Heidelberg University Hospital and the German Cancer Aid. The NCT with sites in Heidelberg and Dresden is the leading oncological center in Germany and shall be expanded to an international center of excellence regarding point-of-care and individualised cancer medicine.

The Precision Sarcoma Research group at the German Cancer Research Center and the National Center for Tumor Diseases Heidelberg (Head: Dr. Priya Chudasama) is looking for a qualified and motivated research assistant with an expertise in immunological methods to work on a multi-center collaborative project (DKFZ, NCT Heidelberg and HI-TRON Mainz) focusing on personalized immunotherapeutics.


Job description:

The successful candidate will be involved in establishment and execution of experiments involving characterization of patient material (e.g., blood, tumor) as well as relevant cell line models with different molecular biological and immunological methods. The methods and general responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Molecular biology methods (sample preparation, cloning, sequencing, mutagenesis, PCR)
  • Cell culture methods (culture of cell lines, production of lentiviruses, transduction of cell lines, different assays for characterization of tumor cell lines)
  • Flow cytometry and sorting and other immunological methods (T cell functionality, peptide binding assay)
  • Protein detection (western blotting, immunoprecipitation)
  • General laboratory work (preparation of solutions, ordering of reagents)
  • Coordination of the project, comprehensive documentation and presentation of results



  • Trained as technical assistant or with a Master of Science or equivalent degree
  • Extensive experience with cell culture and immunological methods listed above
  • Experience with processing blood samples and human primary cell cultures
  • Ability to work in a team, high level of motivation, flexibility, reliability
  • Competence in MS Office and other equivalent applications, good communication skills
  • Very good command of written and spoken English

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 initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of prolongation.

Application Deadline: 18.12.2021


Dr. Priya Chudasama
Phone +49 6221 42 1600

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.