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Career Service

DKFZ Career Service & Alumni Relations


Career Service aims to support all early career researchers at the DKFZ in making informed decisions about their professional future.

In confidential 1-to-1 career guidance sessions and via a plethora of different training and event formats, we provide our Postdocs, Doctoral Researchers and Master Students with:

  • Information, job descriptions, and understanding of career orientation and application
  • Stepwise and structured guidance in identifying careers that suit them and helps landing the job
  • Tools to check what they want and need and how to align this with the job market
  • Career network of Alumni who are open to answer specific questions and provide insights into their career to inspire
  • Opportunities to find themself a great mentor

Online Platforms

CareerCheck is our central platform to access career support developed at the DKFZ

Our professional career network with 2500+ Alumni and many early career researchers here at the DKFZ. 


Head of Career Service & Alumni Relations

Dr. Barbara Janssens Careers Advisor and Manager since 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.


Deputy Head of Career Service & Alumni Relations

Marion Guerth Project Coordinator since 2013 and Careers Advisor since 2016. She studied Biology in Darmstadt and Heidelberg and was working at the institute of pathology in Heidelberg and as a freelancer before.


Alumni Relations Manager

Sally Böhm Career Tracking and Alumni Relations Manager at DKFZ since 2023. She is from England and has a background in German and Italian Studies. Before joining DKFZ she was working as an Event Manager at Heidelberg University and The Economist and was responsible for organizing courses and conferences at EMBL for nine years. 


Office Manager

Katerina Papadopoulou Office Manager at Career Service & Alumni Relations since 2023. Kati has more than ten years experience as administrative and management assistant in the retail trade. She holds a B.A. in Tourism and Travel Management and has worked in Alumni Relations at SAP before joining DKFZ. 


  • Overview and support and individual projects

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