PhD Positions in Cancer ResearchPhD - Individual Supervisor

  • English

    Working Language

  • Heidelberg


  • 15 Dec 2023

    Application Deadline

  • 01 Apr 2024

    Starting Date


Open Positions


Time Span

01 Apr 2024 for 3 years

Application Deadline

15 Dec 2023



Type of Position

PhD - Individual Supervisor

Working Language


Required Degree


Areas of study

Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Human Biology, Biomedicine, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Applied Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Medical Informatics, Practical Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics, Neuroscience, Experimental Physics, Physics



The DKFZ International PhD Programme in Cancer Research at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg offers excellent research opportunities at the forefront of basic, computational, epidemiological, and translational cancer research.

The DKFZ is Germany’s largest biomedical research institute. Around 500 PhD students in over 100 divisions and research groups carry out research to unravel the causes and mechanisms of cancer development and to identify novel tools for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. In recent years, researchers at the DKFZ have been responsible for major advances both in basic research and in the development of novel methods for clinical application. Two researchers of the DKFZ have been awarded the Nobel Prize, namely Harald zur Hausen in 2008 and Stefan Hell in 2014. As part of the Helmholtz Association, the largest research organisation in Germany, the DKFZ has an international and dynamic work environment and provides its scientists with access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

Research at the DKFZ is highly interdisciplinary, which is reflected by the fact that PhD students have an academic background in (molecular) biology, (bio-)chemistry, (bio-)physics, mathematics, computational biology, computer science, epidemiology, and related fields. Projects frequently cross traditional research boundaries and draw upon expertise from multiple scientific and clinical disciplines.

Online Application

Please apply using our Online Application System, which opens approximately 6-8 weeks before each application deadline.

In your written application, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your academic achievements, research experience, and motivation for pursuing a PhD at DKFZ. In the application form, you will provide information about your educational qualifications, internships, honors, skills and interests. A statement of motivation and letters of recommendation from two referees are also required. When filling in the online form, electronic copies (PDF files of not more than 5MB) of your academic certificates and an English language certificate are required to be uploaded. If you have questions about the online application process, please check the FAQs.

Please don't forget to click the submit button once you have completed the online application form. Your letters of recommendation do NOT already have to be submitted by your referees in order for you to submit your application but they need to be submitted by the application deadline for your application to be considered.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  • Letter of Motivation
  • CV
  • Reports, certificates
  • Transcripts
  • List of Publication
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