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The Career Service aims to support all Masters, PhD students and Postdocs at the DKFZ in the planning and making informed decisions about their professional future by providing

  • Personal Career Guidance         
  • Career Days and Trainings        
  • Alumni Relations                       
  • Career Center for Postdocs     

DKFZ Connect Mentorship Pilot 2022

With the DKFZ Connect Mentorship Pilot 2022 (June 2022 - January 2023) we offer an easy step into mentoring for Doctoral Researchers, Postdocs, Group Leaders and Professors as well as Alumni professionals in many different careers. Everyone can be a Mentor as well as a Mentee and we will support all participants finding a match and starting a fruitful relationship.

For the Mentees, this is a great opportunity to connect with Alumni Mentors and Mentors at the DKFZ who can support Mentees in expanding their professional network, identifying and refining their career goals by getting new insights and by giving valuable feedback on their development. For the Mentors, this is a real chance to give back, to improve their leadership, and to refine their own skills and networks.

This is a joint initiative of the 2022 PhD Council Support Team, the Postdoc Network and Career Service & Alumni Relations. Everyone who is interested, please sign up by joining the group on DKFZ Connect. You can already start looking for a potential matching Mentor. Watch this short video to learn where to find and how to use the various filters to find your individual match. To define an individual question for the mentorship we recommend the Mentees to book a confidential appointment with a Careers Adviser via CareerCheck. We can also support you in finding a Mentor during the appointment. 

Contact us in case of questions via

Personal Career Guidance

Researchers can make a confidential appointment to discuss

Career Development Plan (CDP). “A plan is nothing – planning is everything!” In a CDP, you write down career options and concrete SMART steps for your personal and career development, which is a useful basis for review with supervisor/mentor. As a start, we recommend to do the self-assessment on   

Career Transition Plan (CTP). How and where to look for job options, grants/fellowships and prepare for application and interviews. For a CV review, please also bring the job description.

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 contact form.

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. 

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

Career Days and Trainings

Career Days are organized three times per year by researchers as a hands-on project management training. Topics are Academia, Clinical Research, Research & Development, Project Management, Science Communication, Medical Physics, Bioinformatics and Entrepreneurship. This is the opportunity to learn and network with DKFZ alumni.

For info on previous and upcoming Career Days please visit

Career specific trainings can be found on the DKFZ Training Portal (respective titles are marked with "CA") e.g. on application skills, CV writing, “Career Plan B (Life/Work Planning)”, soft skills, business for scientists etc.

Alumni Relations

As soon as you join the DKFZ, please register on our alumni platform You can register with your private Email or via LinkedIn. 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.

As Alumni you can apply for a free email address which will forward messages to your private email, so you can be contacted under and still show your affiliation with the DKFZ. For more Alumni activities please also visit

Career Center for Postdocs

In 2017 the DKFZ Career Service received funding of 150.000 Euros per year for 3 (to max. 5) years from the “Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund”, to establish a  Helmholtz Career Development Center for Researchers. As an extension of the existing Career Service, the Career Center focuses on Postdocs. In cooperation with the DKFZ Postdoc Program, the center developed the competence assessment software Career Check (coming soon) to support young researchers in creating and managing their personal career development plan. The self-assessment of skills and interests helps to define career options and appropriate trainings within the postdoctoral career development portfolio, which is based on career paths taken by DKFZ Alumni in academia and beyond.

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

Career Service & Alumni Relations Staff

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.


CareerCheck Development Manager


Dr. Chiat Cheong Development Manager of the CareerCheck platform and Career Advisor at DKFZ since 2021. She is from the Netherlands, holds a PhD from ULB Belgium and worked as a Postdoc at QMUL London. Chiat is supporting PhD/postdoc career development since 2009.


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