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DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program

Clinician Scientist
From bedside to bench and back

Are you considering a career as a clinician scientist?

DKFZ is a strong partner to support your research ambitions!

The German Cancer Research Center has recognized the strong need of clinician scientists to develop their specific career profile. By offering research fellowships with protected research time, comprehensive training and mentoring the center supports you to expand your research experience and to complement your clinical training.



If you are interested in working as a Clinician or Medical Scientist at the DKFZ you can enter via one of the following routes:

1. Apply for a centrally-funded Clinician or Medical Scientist Position at the DKFZ

DKFZ Fellowships are awarded through competitive recruitment processes. Learn more about the fellowships by clicking on the following modalities:

DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program are offered to physicians who are conducting specialized medical training and who wish to enhance their careers by gaining research experience - call currently closed. Next call will open in January 2025.

The DKFZ-PMCC (Princess Margaret Cancer Center) international program for clinician and medical scientists in translational cancer reserach and medicine is part of the Clinician Scientist Program. The core-element of the program are joint tandem research projects between the DKFZ in Heidelberg and PMCC in Toronto - call currently closed. Next call will open in January 2025.

To find more information regarding availability criteria and requirements for your application, please check our How to Apply website.




2. Apply for a posted job opening

Check out our DKFZ Job Portal and apply for a postdoc position. 

Program Overview


The DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program is the German Cancer Research Center’s official program to foster innovative translational research by strengthening the research profile of clinician scientists. The Program deepens the link between basic and clinical research, ensuring efficient transfer from bedside to bench and back.

We aim to recruit highly talented physicians in training who wish to gain basic and translational cancer research experience in a world-class scientific setting. Through the research groups in DKFZ’s Research Programs we provide access to cutting-edge research facilities and state-of-the-art labs.

Program fellows are supported by dedicated fellowships encompassing protected research time, tailored training and intersectoral mentoring. Extensive network-building and continued institutional support lead the way to long-term career perspectives.


Clinician Scientist Fellows Brochure


Please have a look at our brand-new brochure featuring 6 of the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Fellows.

Find out about the cutting-edge research projects our fellows are working on at the DKFZ and about their motivation to be part of the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program.

Click here to open/download a PDF copy of the brochure.

Cancer Research at DKFZ


More than 450,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Germany. Cancer is a disease that poses enormous challenges to research, because every cancer is different and its course can vary immensely even from one patient to the next. To perform research into cancer is the task of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) according to its statutes. DKFZ is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany and a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers.

Join our more than 1,300 scientists who actively investigate how cancer develops, identify cancer risk factors and endeavor to find new strategies to prevent people from getting cancer.

Expand your research portfolio and support us in the development of novel approaches to make tumor diagnosis more precise and to treat cancer patients more successfully. 

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Manager DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program

Dr. Mariana Schulte-Sasse

office location:
DKFZ Main Building, Room D142b, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280


For general inquiries about the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program, please use the contact form.


DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program
German Cancer Research Center
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg


Assistance DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program

Samira Fischer

office location:
DKFZ Main Building, Room D143a, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280

For general inquiries about the DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program, please use the contact form.

DKFZ Postdoc Program (M014)
German Cancer Research Center
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg


The DKFZ Clinician Scientist Program is supported by the Dieter Morszeck Foundation.

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