Are you looking for an excellent opportunity to expand your research experience and to complement your clinical and scientific training?

Team up with a strong partner to support your translational research ambitions! Strengthen your profile through scientific research, tailored mentoring, and training opportunities to gain basic and translational cancer research experience in a world-class scientific setting. 

Apply for a CLINICIAN SCIENTIST FELLOWSHIP at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). We offer two fellowship tracks for clinician and medical scientists.




We are looking for highly motivated physicians currently conducting specialized medical training and wishing to enhance their careers. The DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellowships are characterized by protected research time, comprehensive training offers, and intersectoral mentoring relationships.

DKFZ working contracts for Clinician Scientist Fellows in the program are exclusively intended for academic research. Fellowships are initially offered for two years and can be extended to four years in part-time, e.g. if clinical work needs to be interspersed.



The DKFZ-Princess Margaret Cancer Center (PMCC) International Program for clinician and medical scientists in translational cancer research and medicine is part of the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program. The core element of the program is joint tandem research projects conducted at the DKFZ in Heidelberg (Germany) and at the PMCC in Toronto (Canada).

This special fellowship aims to promote excellent professional training and education of clinician and medical scientists in oncology and provide the basis for a world-class transatlantic platform for translational cancer research and long-term interactions between the participating centers.


Join us to…

  • Enjoy protected time for your research
  • Complement your clinical and research training
  • Receive comprehensive training and tailored mentoring
  • Make use of state-of-the-art research facilities and infrastructure
  • Be part of our growing international community of clinician scientists
  • Extend your network and meet colleagues working in basic and translational research​​​​​​​


We are looking for national and international clinical candidates who ...

  • show enthusiasm for science and wish to link basic and clinical research
  • have obtained a higher medical degree (equivalent to MD or MD-PhD for clinician scientists and PhD for medical scientists)
  • are at an early stage of their career, i.e. are currently working on their specialized medical training (Germany: Facharztweiterbildung)
  • wish to focus on basic and translational cancer research



During submission of your application, you will be asked to indicate your personal preference for the available fellowship tracks. Please choose between “DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program Fellowship” and “DKFZ-PMCC Clinician and Medical Scientist Program Fellowship”.

    Please submit your complete application materials (in English) as one PDF file following the apply button below.

    The PDF should comprise:

    • Curriculum vitae (incl. publication list and documentation of your clinical/research experience)
    • One-page motivation letter (incl. a statement of your research interests)
    • Copy of degree certificates (originals, transcripts, and translations if applicable)
    • Contact details of two references who are familiar with your work

    Further information and eligibility criteria:


    Please note:   

    • Applications need to be submitted in English.
    • Candidates are encouraged to contact division heads and group leaders before application to discuss potential projects. Visit the section “Research Profiles” on our above-mentioned website to find a non-exhaustive list of projects currently being offered.

    Important notice:

    The DKFZ is subject to the regulations of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG). As a consequence, only persons who present proof of immunity against measles may work at the DKFZ.

    Duration: 2 years

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2024


    Dr. Mariana Schulte-Sasse
    Phone +49 6221/42-1696

    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 (

    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.