The DKFZ Career Service aims to support all Masters, PhD students and Postdocs at the DKFZ in the planning of their professional future. The Career Service provides (1) career-related workshops and conferences; (2) personal coaching and advising; and (3) expansion of the career network by following up with scientists after their stay at the dkfz. Sharing experience with scientists in Academia, Industry and beyond is a great help to take informed decisions about one’s own career.

Join DKFZ Connect: Platform for current and former employees

Join and invite friends from DKFZ! You can register with your private Email or via social media. Main features include Alumni Directory, Events, Mentoring and Jobs.

Click here to learn more about mentoring on DKFZ Connect and to get to the FAQs and user guides for download.



Career Days and Seminars

With the support of the Career Service, PhD students and Postdocs invite scientists with interesting career paths for a short presentation and panel discussion. Many other career seminars are coordinated together with other instances in Heidelberg so that at least once per year it is possible to meet scientists with careers in academia as well as industry, R&D, consulting, publishing, research management, patenting, teaching, etc…

Upcoming Career Days in 2017:

  • Communication, May 19th
  • Academia, October 20th
  • Research & Development, December 8th

[further info on previous Career Days]

We are looking for committed PostDocs, Phd & Master students who’d like to support the organization of these events. Being part of the Career Day organization is a DKFZ training for “Hands-on Project Management” for which you will receive a personal certificate. In 2015 42 DKFZ scientists took the opportunity to join one of the organizing teams. If you're also interested in joining in please let us know via

Workshops and Courses

The Career Service organizes workshops on e.g. application skills, CV writing, “Career Plan B (Life/Work Planning)”, soft skills, business for scientists etc. A detailed overview can be found in a separate chapter in the Advanced Training Program.

http://logaportal/maportal -> Seminar Enrolment -> Topics -> Scientific Career Development/Service

Career Guidance

PhD students and Postdocs from the DKFZ can make a date for a personal and confidential chat of 20 or 40 minutes with a Career Advisor. Different modules are possible:

a) Orientation, Competencies, Possibilities, Career Planning

-> please have a look at and bring along your questions

b) How and where to look for professional possibilities, application and interivew preparation

-> you have a career plan A (and B!) and would like to discuss how to get there

A doodle link for appointments can be be received from

Careers in Academia

Please find more detailed information about career opportunities in Academia here

Open Career Lunch

For all interested scientists (from masters’ students to senior postdocs) there is a “career lunch” every Thursday, for which you can confidentially register on the intranet. This is just to meet in person, ask questions and exchange information! Often a special guest is invited as well. It’s never too soon or too late to talk about your future…

Science & Society

Think and discuss YOUR role as a scientist, Science in a broader sense, Ethical issues, Talking to the public, Engaging in voluntary projects. Why? It should be a moral duty for every scientist and the real PLUS on your CV is your Interest – Engagement – Experience!

Examples of Science and Society activities are the Heidelberg Life Science Lab (teaching high school students), Adequation (shipping used lab equipment to third world countries), collaborations with the EMBL and Heidelberg University.

Join the DKFZ Alumni Network

While still working at the DKFZ or after leaving, you are very warmly invited to join our online platform By becoming a member of the DKFZ Alumni Association you can apply for a free email address which will forward messages to your private email, so you can be contacted under without giving out your private address.

You can also join the DKFZ-Career-Network on LinkedIn and/or Xing

DKFZ Career Service Staff

DKFZ Career Manager


Dr. Barbara Janssens is Career Manager and joined the DKFZ in 2011. She is Belgian (PhD in molecular and cell biology from Ghent University), and after a postdoc in Paris she worked for five years as an Editor at Wiley-Blackwell. You can contact Barbara by email.

Career Service Project Coordinator


Marion Guerth joined the Career Service in July 2013. Marion Gürth studied Biology at the TU Darmstadt and did her Diploma in Heidelberg in 2005. Marion supports all projects and focusses on building up the dkfz Career Network. Have a look at Marion's professional profile on LinkedIn or contact her per email.

Student Aid - HiWi at the Career Service


Morgan Essex supports the Career Service as a student aid since July 2016.

Former Student Aids - HiwIs

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Career Information for DKFZ PhD Students and Postdocs

PhD training and career development is provided by the Graduate School.

Especially for Postdocs, the DKFZ offers a tailored Postdoctoral Qualification Programme, including career development planning.

Please contact the Career Service, the Graduate Office or Advanced Training for more information.

The Career Service office is located in the DKFZ main building (INF280), Barbara's office H828 and Marion's office H832.

Career Appointments take place here:

TP4 (INF581): Tuesdays (Barbara) and Thursdays (Marion)

main building (INF280): Wednesdays (Barbara) and Fridays (Marion)


Successful applications - Five tips how to boost your career

At The EMBO Meeting 2012 in Nice Barbara Janssens, PhD Career Manager at DKFZ, gave five tips on how to write CV and job applications.

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