Read about what our Postdocs say

You are planning to join a lab at DKFZ for your postdoc?

You are looking for a working environment at an institute which is international, fosters interdisciplinary research and builds on scientific exchange and excellence?

Come and work at the German Cancer Research Center!

But first have a look at what our postdocs say about working at the institute.

Evangelia Tasouri, Cyprus


"My Heidelberg adventure began before I joined the DKFZ for my postdoctoral studies as I decided to move from UK to Germany to pursue a PhD at the University of Heidelberg. Throughout my PhD years I closely interacted with scientists at the DKFZ, attended seminars and Career Days held by DKFZ and it was inevitable not to recognize both the innovative research taking place in the institute with state-of-the-art techniques and equipment but also the efforts the institute itself puts into securing career and personal development for its people. Therefore it was clear for me that I wholeheartedly wanted to join this dynamic scientific environment for my postdoctoral studies. I joined the Group of Dr. Sandrine Sander in the Department of Adaptive Immunity and Lymphoma to functionally characterize signaling pathways in mouse models of B cell malignancies such as Burkitt lymphoma.
As a communicative personality myself I particularly enjoy the endless possibilities for internal collaborations and the ease with which researchers here share their expertise to help projects progress quicker. Besides the valuable experiences such a vibrant research community can easily provide to you on a daily basis, I also appreciate the opportunities to complement my personal career portfolio. Currently I am participating in the organization of a Career Day with a group of PhD candidates, fellow postdocs and precious support from the DKFZ Career Service and I am developing skills that I can easily transfer to the lab such as project management or effective communication. If you decide to join DKFZ, don't be surprised to turn around while having lunch at the cafeteria only to find the scientific director of DKFZ sitting next to you genuinely asking about your experience in the institute, the hurdles you encountered and ideas on further improvement of the infrastructure or the advanced training courses provided. Here, at the DKFZ, constant progress in all aspects is both a goal and an achievement!"

Thais Moraes, Brasil


"My name is Thais Moraes and I am doing my postdoc in the Infection, Inflammation and Cancer department (F170) at DKFZ. I have joined the lab of Dr. Bartenschlager in July, 2016 to study the innate immune response to Zika virus. DKFZ is a very well structured Institution that provides you with everything you need to concentrate on doing your research. And if you need research partners you can easily find scientific collaborators within the institute. It is an environment that favors interactions. There are regular seminars, conferences and social events that stimulate and facilitate networking. I especially like the broad range of training opportunities and I have improved a lot my skills since I have started working at the DKFZ. Another example is the DKFZ Connect platform which you can join and get access to the DKFZ Alumni community. I have had the chance to join the Postdoc Network Committee and the organizing team of the Science Communication Career Day. Those are unique practical hands-on opportunities that enrich my postdoctoral experience. In addition, there is a dedicated Career Service that helps you regarding your next steps – what I find very important. I feel very much supported by working at DKFZ. Employees are supported to have a productive present but are also encouraged to prepare for their future."

Maïwen Caudron-Herger, France

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“I really enjoy working at the DKFZ because everything is available to do the best science. There are many possibilities for collaborations and networking, and the technologies are present to support the development of my research project. Moreover, I have access to a wide variety of seminars and training opportunities to develop my scientific and personal skills. In addition to my research, I was speaker of the PostDoc Network of the DKFZ and I'm now coordinator of the Academic Career group. I particularly profit from my involvement in the PDN, because it is an incredible enrichment in terms of scientific and social networking. Additionally, I acquire management skills through “learning by doing”, which is invaluable for a future group leader position. I am grateful that the DKFZ has warmly welcomed and now intensively supports the PostDoc Network.”

Rosario M. Piro, Italy

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“For a computational biologist, one of the most crucial factors for developing cutting-edge cancer research projects is the privileged access to novel high-throughput biomedical data and having the possibility to validate computational findings. I found DKFZ to provide a perfect environment because of the vast possibilities of collaborations with experimental biologists both within the institute and internationally.

Being Germany's largest biomedical research institute, DKFZ offers a stimulating, dynamic environment filled with seminars by distinguished lecturers, conferences, workshops and active communities for PostDocs as well as PhD students. I especially appreciate the opportunities provided by numerous advanced training courses that can help in fostering career plans by complementing scientific advancement with, for example, project management and leadership skills.”

Elisabeth Pavez Loriè, Sweden

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"My interest for the DKFZ and Heidelberg was raised when I went to the NatureJobs Career Expo in London. Coming back home I learnt about several  research groups in the field of tissue homeostasis and skin carcinogenesis that interested me and I was gladly surprised to also see that efforts were made to keep women in science.  After being accepted into the PostDoc Program my family and I received a lot of support on administrative and local authority issues from the staff at DKFZ before and after we arrived to Heidelberg, less than a year ago. 

Besides working in a friendly research atmosphere with my favourite research field, having access to internal courses and cancer research experts close by, I find that my opportunities keep expanding. For instance I joined the PostDoc (PDN) and senior scientists (INESS) Network communities, which gives me the possibility to connect with other scientists in a large variety of fields. I will also be part of one of several mentoring programs that the DKFZ offers. And even though it has been tough for my family and I to move to a new country without speaking the language, we now happily call Heidelberg our home and look forward to see what the future brings."

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