The Call for Applications 2019 has CLOSED on 15 September 2019.

Next Calls for DKFZ Postdoctoral Fellowships will be announced on these pages.

More general information about the DKFZ Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme, eligibility criteria and the application requirements can be found below.


Although there are other ways of becoming a postdoc at our research center, the DKFZ Postdoctoral Fellowships represent the most prestigious and competitive Postdoc recruitment process at the DKFZ. It is intended to recruit highly talented and motivated young scientist, who wish to work at the forefront of cancer research in any of basic or translational cancer research labs at the DKFZ.

This program offers up to 10 fellowships per year and provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities in state-of-the-art research facilities for excellent young scientists, no longer than 2 years past graduation, with a background in biology as well as in physics, mathematics, bioinformatics and other fields.


  • A qualification equivalent to a PhD or MD is a prerequisite for all applications.
  • Candidates should document their successful previous research endeavors with publications.
  • The candidates should be at an early stage of their career, having held a PhD for no longer than 2 years.
  • The fellowship is not open for internal candidates, unless they have been recruited not longer than 6 months before the application deadline.

Selection criteria

The most important selection criterion is academic quality, demonstrated by outstanding publications. Other criteria that will be considered during the selection process include research prizes and awards, demonstration of mobility or successful application for research funding.

Funding and duration

DKFZ Postdoc salaries are competitive by national standards and are negotiated and confirmed during the recruitment phase should a fellowship be offered.

The fellowships are initially offered for a duration of two years.

Personal Career Development

The DKFZ is committed to open new avenues for personal career development. Therefore, the institute actively supports its scientists by providing advanced training tailored to their specific needs.

dedicated Career Service is available to inform about future career opportunities. The team provides personal coaching and advises postdocs on formulating their personal career strategy.

How to apply for a DKFZ Fellowship?


DKFZ Postdoc Program
German Cancer Research Center
69120 Heidelberg


Phone: +49 6221 423301
Fax: +49 6221 423359

The following documents should be provided as one single PDF file:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Publication list
  3. One-page statement of research interests
  4. Copy of the latest degree certificate
  5. Two letters of recommendation

Applications need to be submitted in English.

Candidates are encouraged to contact division heads and group leaders at the DKFZ Heidelberg before application to discuss potential projects. Research profiles of hosting groups and project topics can be accessed HERE. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and additional groups will be added continuously.




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