PhD Positions in Cancer Research


The international PhD program of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg invites you to conduct research at the forefront of basic, epidemiological and translational cancer research. As part of the Helmholtz Association, the largest research organization in Germany, the DKFZ has an international and dynamic work environment, providing you with access to state-of-the-art research facilities and exceptional resources.

Features and Funding

The language of the PhD programme is English. PhD students are supported by a Thesis Advisory Committee and offered lecture series on the current state of cancer research, professional skills courses and career events. Furthermore, the 550 PhD students broaden their horizons at PhD retreats, poster presentations and international conferences. The doctoral degree is typically awarded by the prestigious Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany. Students are fully funded for the duration of their PhD.

Cancer Research at the DKFZ

The DKFZ is Germany’s largest biomedical research institute. The long-term goal of the DKFZ is to unravel the causes and mechanisms of cancer development and to identify novel tools for diagnosis, treatment and prevention. With Harald zur Hausen (2008) and Stefan Hell (2014), two researchers of the DKFZ have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

The DKFZ offers interdisciplinary training with PhD projects in the following research areas:

How to Apply

Applications are invited from students from all countries holding the equivalent of a University Diploma/Master’s degree. PhD students at the DKFZ typically have a background in (molecular) biology, molecular medicine, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, computer science or epidemiology/public health studies.

Next application deadline: 5th January 2016

For more information and to apply online visit


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