DKFZ Marie Curie MasterClasses – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships, Germany

Postdoc in Germany

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships: Join one of Europe’s most prestigious postdoctoral programs at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships. Work alongside world-class scientists, access cutting-edge research facilities, and contribute to groundbreaking research for a Life without Cancer. Apply now for the DKFZ Marie Curie MasterClasses and take the next step in your research career.

Designation: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

🔬 Research Program A – Cell Biology and Tumor Biology

  • Prof. Dr. Christof Niehrs: Developing ROTACs for Targeted Cancer Therapy, focusing on PROTACs, R-spondin, and transmembrane cancer targets. Also, targeting casein kinase 1 – DDX3 signaling for cancer drug development.
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Dick: Investigating ferroptosis resistance in tumor cells, sulfur metabolism’s role in cytoprotection, and developing tools for studying redox metabolism and protein redox switches.
  • Dr. Wilhelm Palm: Dissecting cancer metabolism through CRISPR screens, regulating mitochondrial metabolism by oncogenic signaling, and characterizing mammalian genes of unknown function.

🧬 Research Program B – Functional and Structural Genomics

  • Prof. Dr. Karsten Rippe: Analyzing therapy resistance mechanisms via single-cell multi-omics, studying phase separation-driven chromatin states, and dissecting intra-tumor heterogeneity through spatially resolved omics.
  • PD Dr. Maïwen Caudron-Herger: Investigating riboregulation in mitosis and the impact of RNA on key mitotic proteins’ functional regulation.
  • Prof. Dr. Rocio Sotillo: Focusing on lung cancer, utilizing in vivo CRISPR screens, mouse models, and omics to study tumor suppressors and resistance.
  • Prof. Dr. Jeroen Krijgsveld: Researching proteostasis maintenance, single-cell proteomics, and proteome networks.
  • Prof. Dr. Benedikt Brors: Using machine learning to understand the tumor-immune microenvironment and therapy response in pancreatic cancer.

⚕️ Research Program C – Cancer Risk Factors and Preventions

  • Dr. Federico Canzian: Studying genetic epidemiology’s role in cancer susceptibility and prognosis, particularly in pancreatic cancer and multiple myeloma.
  • Dr. Mahdi Fallah, MD, PhD: Working on risk-adapted cancer screening strategies and large cohort analyses for cancer prevention.
  • PD. Dr. med. Titus Brinker: Developing Explainable Artificial Intelligence for image classification in oncology, focusing on digital translational oncology and proteomics.

🦠 Research Program D – Immunology, Infection, and Cancer

  • Prof. Dr. med. Michael Platten: Accelerating personalized cell therapies using immune system information, AI classifiers, and rapid manufacture of DNA delivery vectors.
  • Dr. Felix J. Hartmann: Quantifying immune function and cellular metabolism spatially in human cancer using spatial omics and computational biology.
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Henri-Jacques Delecluse: Investigating the genetics and structural biology of Epstein-Barr virus in virus-associated tumors.
  • Dr. Marco Binder: Studying the interplay between endogenous viruses, the innate immune system, and cancer development.

📷 Research Program E – Imaging and Radiooncology

  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Jäkel: Relating MRI to morphological biomarkers for prognostic response assessment during radiotherapy in non-small-cell lung cancer.
  • Prof. Dr. Leif Schröder: Utilizing MRI and NMR spectroscopy with hyperpolarized contrast agents for molecular imaging in bioengineering applications.

Research Area: Cancer Research, Life Sciences

Location: German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany

EligibilityHold a PhD degree
Maximum of 8 years of postdoctoral research experience
Must not have resided or worked in Germany for more than 12 months in the past 36 months
BenefitsLiving and mobility allowance
Family allowance
Budget for research, training, and networking
Access to a worldwide network of fellows and alumni
Application DeadlineMay 13, 2024
Next StepsShortlisted candidates will be contacted by DKFZ Principal Investigators
Selected candidates will participate in three online MasterClasses on proposal writing and planning
Proposal submission deadline: September 11, 2024
Expected decision on fellowship award: February 2025


  • Hold a PhD degree defended before September 11, 2024.
  • Have a maximum of 8 years of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Must not have resided or worked in Germany for more than 12 months in the past 36 months.

Job Description:

  • Conduct postdoctoral research at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships.
  • Collaborate with leading scientists and contribute to cutting-edge cancer research.
  • Receive living and mobility allowance, family allowance, and funding for research, training, and networking.
  • Access a global network of fellows and alumni.

How to Apply:

  1. Submit your application by May 13, 2024.
  2. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by DKFZ Principal Investigators.
  3. Selected candidates will participate in online MasterClasses on proposal writing and planning.
  4. Collaborate with a DKFZ Principal Investigator to write a proposal for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships.
  5. Submit the proposal by September 11, 2024.
  6. Await the decision on fellowship award expected in February 2025.

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