12 PhD positions in cancer research (experimental and computational positions)

University of Duisburg-Essen
University Hospital Essen


The University of Duisburg-Essen offers in the German Research Council (DFG)-funded Research Training Group 2762 (GRK 2762) 12 PhD positions.

GRK 2762, titled “Heterogeneity, plasticity and dynamic in cancer cell, tumor and normal tissue responses to cancer radiotherapy”, offers outstanding internationally-oriented interdisciplinary scientific research and training opportunities for graduates of experimental or computational life sciences and (bio)medicine with interest in basic and translational cancer research and computational biology.

The exciting research projects collaborate across disciplines to discover biological principles underlying individual differences in radiosensitivity, adaptive resistance, and toxicity by translating results obtained in projects using preclinical models and patient samples into interpretable computational models. Thereby we will discover actionable vulnerabilities and valid stratification markers suitable to distinguish responders from non-responders and to detect patients at high risk of failure or adverse effects. Each of the interconnected projects is linked to one of the four focus areas: i) lung cancer, ii) pancreatic cancer, iii) treatment-induced lung and heart toxicity, or iv) mathematical and computational modelling.

Details on the individual projects can be found here:


• Talented and enthusiastic candidates who are strongly interested in the research topic of GRK 2762
• Strong Diploma/Master degree in Cell or Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Radiation Biology,
Experimental Diploma/Master degree Medicine, Computational Biology or related fields
• High motivation and commitment for active cross-disciplinary collaboration
• Abilities for problem-solving and independent work
• (For experimental PhD theses: work with laboratory animals may be obligatory)
• Fluency in spoken and written English (knowledge of German is not a requirement)

Start date

October 01, 2022

How to Apply

Interested candidates should fill in the application form available at www.uni-due.de/med/forschung/grk2762/jobs.php and send it together with a curriculum vitae, a copy of all
university degrees and other certificates (e.g., on English language skills, FELASA B qualification) and the indication of two referees (University professors) in a single pdf-file to bewerbung@uk-essen.de (subject line: 1231 Application GRK 2762) or to Universitätsklinikum Essen, Personaldezernat, Hufelandstraße 55, 45147 Essen, Germany.
Application deadline: June 17, 2022.