The German Cancer Re­search Center is the largest bio­medi­cal re­search insti­tu­tion in Germany. With more than 3,000 employees, we operate an exten­sive scien­tific program in the field of cancer research. The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) is advertising Up to 19 Staff Scientist Positions in the Heidelberg AI Health Innovation Cluster (Ref-No. 2022-0256)

Apply for a scientist position within the “AI Health Innovation Cluster” Staff Scientist Program. The newly established “AI Health Innovation Cluster“ in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region combines the excellence and expertise of several renowned research and health institutions to concentrate and excel the existing research potential in modern health sciences. DKFZ, EMBL, the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg University and the University Clinics Heidelberg and Mannheim as well as the Central Institute for Mental Health have joined forces to promote cutting-edge research for AI applications in medicine and health. The AI Health Innovation Cluster is an activity within the “Heidelberg Mannheim Health & Life Science Alliance”.

Job description:
The Staff Scientist Program of the cluster offers research positions in the highly dynamic and exciting area between AI and medical research. The first cohort of scientists just started. You will be part of the second group of scientists in an interdisciplinary and vibrant research environment that is pioneering research in machine learning and information processing. Taking part in the development of a diverse range of state-of-the-art methodology and software components, you have the possibility to dive into computing and software engineering, or to work with machine learning and cloud technologies. The program provides state-of-the-art technical infrastructure and networks, but also individual support towards career development.  We look forward to your application, if you can see yourself making a big difference at the interface of AI and medicine.

We are looking for candidates holding a degree (Master or comparable) in computer science, mathematics, engineering, physics or related quantitative sciences (e.g. bioinformatics or medical informatics). Communication skills and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary international team will be expected. Your analytical and software development skills are essential. Experiences with either machine learning and associated software stacks, high-performance computing environments or cloud technologies are beneficial.

Application procedure:

The application will be two-stage. In the first stage, please submit your complete application (in English) as one single PDF file named lastname.forename via our online application portal. This application document should comprise your curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of interests, degree certificates (incl. transcripts and translations, if applicable) and optionally a publication list and up to two letters of recommendation. In a second stage, upon invitation, you will have the chance to choose your favorite projects in a matching process with the already advertised projects ( The selection process is coordinated by the DKFZ. Candidates who are selected by the committee will be offered employment at the coordinating institution of the respective project. The cluster offers:

  • A fully-funded position with competitive compensation at one of the seven participating institutions according to the applicable regulations of the respective institution
  • Join the large international community of postdoctoral researchers across the partner institutions
  • Make use of state-of-the-art research facilities and infrastructure
  • Manage your own career development with training courses and career support
  • Share ideas and meet colleagues in the active network

For further detailed information please visit: The positions are limited until 31.12.2024. Important notice:
The DKFZ is subject to the regulations of the Infection
Protection Act (IfSG). As a consequence, only persons who
present proof of immunity against measles as well as against
COVID-19 may work at the DKFZ.

For further information please contact
Dr. Daniela Beyer, phone +49 (0)174/2699356.

The partner institutions are committed to increase the proportion of women in all areas and positions in which women are underrepresented. Qualified female applicants are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference. To apply for a position please use our online application portal ( We ask for your understanding that we cannot return application documents that are sent to us by post (Deutsches Krebs­forschungs­zentrum, Personal­abteilung, Im Neuen­heimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg) and that we do not accept applications submitted via email. We apolo­gize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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