Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Biology / Metabolism

Department: Tumour Metabolism and Microenvironment

Code number: 2021-0366

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:

Altered metabolism is a hallmark of cancer and metabolic reprogramming in cancer supports the synthesis of macromolecules for cell growth and proliferation. Metabolic reprogramming can also be a driver of transformation and generates selective vulnerabilities that can be exploited for cancer therapy.

The Division of Tumor Metabolism and Microenvironment aims to unravel the cross-talk between oncogenic signaling networks and metabolic processes in cancer cells. We are also interested in the mechanisms by which altered metabolism associated with metabolic diseases drive cancer initiation and progression. We apply state-of-the-art methodologies, including advanced tissue culture, RNAi and CRISPR/Cas technology, transcriptomics and proteomics techniques as well as targeted metabolomics, metabolic flux analysis and stable isotope tracing.

The successful candidate will use the above methods as part of an interdisciplinary research project elucidating the role of lipid metabolism in the control of ferroptotic cell death.



We are looking for a highly motivated scientist holding a PhD in chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology, with practical experience in cancer biology. Good knowledge of cancer biology and experience in cell culture, biochemical assays, metabolism and cell signaling is desired. Candidates with experience in functional genomics, metabolomics or lipidomics will be preferred. Experience in the analysis of large datasets (e.g. using R) is of value. The project is part of an interdisciplinary consortium and excellent communications skills in English are essential. We are offering an international and collaborative working environment with access to high-end instrumentation.

Full applications including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of the PhD thesis, certificates and names of three references should be submitted via our online application portal (https://www.dkfz.de/de/stellenangebote/index.php).

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: 08.12.2021


Prof. Dr. Almut Schulze
Phone +49 6221 42-3423

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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