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.

Career Center for Postdocs

Please find the page of the Helmholtz Career Center for Postdocs here

DKFZ Career Service Staff

Career Manager

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 Career Manager

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.

Mentoring Coordinator

Dr. Karin Greulich Bode is Careers Advisor since 2017. She studied Human Biology and was working in cancer research in the US and GER. Before she joined the Career Service she has been equal opportunities officer at DKFZ for eight years.

Postdoc Career Development

Sabine Schuler-Hofmann Careers Advisor since 2017. She studied Social Sciences/Business and was working with Pharma in Asia & Europe as HR Consultant conducting Assessment/Development Centers.

Student Aid

Minerva Jazmin Täubert supports the Career Service as a student aid since November 2017.

Former Student Aids

From left to right:


Career Guidance

You can book an appointment with a Career Advisor for a personal and confidential guidance interview of 25 or 50 min. For booking please use the specific contact forms for Postdocs or Doctoral Researchers & MSc Students. There are different modules:

  1. Career Development Plan (CDP)

    The DKFZ Career Center for Postdocs offers competence assessment and support in creating and reviewing an individual Career Development Plan. Also for Doctoral Researchers a CDP can be useful and we recommend to try the self-assessment on before your appointment.

  2. Career Transition Plan (CTP)

    How and where to look for professional possibilities, application and interview preparation. You already have a career plan A (and B!) and would like to discuss how to get there, how to contact people/networking and/or receive feedback on your application.

If you have a specific question/something good to know to prepare the meeting, please email us. Please also make sure that your profile on is up to date – the basic information on your profile will help the Careers Adviser to prepare for your meeting and follow up in the future. To register on DKFZ Connect you can simply sync with your public LinkedIn profile, login with Facebook or login with a personal email address.

It is useful if you check availability of your preferred Advisor and make a suggestion for time and date via the Outlook Calendar App.

Check Availability in Outlook/Webmail



  • Go to Outlook Calendar or  
  • Create new event and choose “Terminplanungs-Assistent“/“Scheduling Assistant”
  • Corner bottom left „Teilnehmer hinzufügen“/”Add Attendees”;  choose any person you want to attend from the list and confirm bottom right with “OK”
  • You will directly be able to see whether the person is free, tentative, busy or absent  (Frei, mit Vorbehalt, Gebucht, Abwesend). In case of reserved slots for guidance these will be marked “tentative” and are still be available.
  • For more info you can click on "more" for detailed screenshots or watch this video tutorial

Career Guidance Confidentiality

Your data are treated confidentially and are only visible within the DKFZ Career Service. You can cancel your booking any time without giving a reason and your data will be deleted without other consequence.

Within six months after your personal guidance interview you will receive an invitation to participate in an anonymous survey to internally evaluate and to improve our services. As an example, the evaluation of 2016 guidance:


The career guidance feedback questions can be viewed in the .pdf below

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 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 2019:

  • Medical Physics, May 31st
  • Science Communication, October 11th
  • Research & Development, December 6th

[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

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.

Please find more information on how to register, update your profile and answers to FAQs here.



Careers in Academia

Please find more detailed information about career opportunities in Academia here

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:

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

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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