Information for PhD Students

If you are a current PhD student or PhD supervisor looking for more information, please visit our intranet pages (this link only works inside the DKFZ network). It includes information for new PhD students, details on Thesis Advisory Committees, Credit Points etc.

PhD Program Office


Student welfare at the DKFZ has top priority. There is a dedicated PhD Program Office to support you before and during your time as a PhD student at the DKFZ. This office is staffed by a team of five, headed by Dr. Lindsay Murrells, the PhD Program Manager. The PhD Program Office is concerned with PhD student affairs at the DKFZ - including the bi-annual candidate selections - and takes care of students’ concerns. It also organizes events like the Graduation Ceremony.

If you are a new PhD student at the DKFZ, please find more information here.

You can contact the PhD Program Office by e-mail

Career Service

Of course, completing your PhD is just the first step. That’s why the DKFZ also has a Career Service with the aim to support all Master's, PhD students and Postdocs in planning their professional future. They will provide you with information on career opportunities and give you access to the resources for planning the next step. The Career Service recommends to start informing yourself early in your PhD! For more information, please check the DKFZ Career Service page.

PhD Student Initiatives


But that’s not all: The PhD Community at the DKFZ is very active and organised in dedicated PhD Student Teams, led by the PhD Council. The teams help new PhD students to settle in both at work and in Heidelberg, and organise many social and scientific networking events.

For more information about the PhD Council and Teams, please visit the PhD Portal, webpages administered by DKFZ students providing useful advise and information related to graduate studies at the DKFZ.

PhD Guidelines from the Helmholtz Association

Please see below for the "Helmholtz Doctoral Guidelines" which define standards for the optimal design of doctoral training. These guidelines are also implemented at the DKFZ, one of the 19 research centers of the Helmholtz Association.


For help in the rare instances when things go wrong, the PhD Program also has two ombudspeople to offer assistance. As DKFZ scientists, they can provide confidential advice and help to solve the issue at hand.

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