The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany, a foundation under public law financed by the Federal
Government of Germany and the State of Baden-Württemberg, is a member of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association of
German Research Centres (HGF).
We invite applications for the position of
Scientific Director and Chairman (m/f)
of the Management Board of the DKFZ Foundation
( Ref.no. 30/2015)
Effective as of 1 September 2015.
The DKFZ is among the world’s leading centers of cancer research and the largest biomedical research institute in Germany. From
its founding in 1964, the DKFZ has pursued a threefold mission: to investigate the mechanisms leading to the development of
cancer, to identify and study cancer risk factors and to develop new approaches for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of
cancer diseases. Building on its excellent basic research, the DKFZ has in recent years considerably expanded its activities in the
area of translational research.
Together with the University of Heidelberg, the Heidelberg University Clinic and the German Cancer Aid, the DKFZ has established
the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT), which has become one of the most influential institutions of translational cancer
research in Europe. A new branch of the NCT will shortly be established in Dresden.
The DKFZ is the parent organization of the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research (DKTK), a joint initiative launched
by the German Federal Government and the German States with the aim of ensuring the comprehensive transfer of research
results from the laboratory into clinical practice at seven partner sites throughout Germany.
The DKFZ employs around 2,750 staff members, including 1,250 scientists. The total annual budget (institutional funding, project
funding and own revenues) amounts to around 250 million Euros.
The Chairman of the Management Board as the scientific representative of the foundation is jointly responsible, together with the
Administrative Member of the Management Board, for overseeing the DKFZ.
The scientific departments and research groups of the DKFZ as well as the central scientific core facilities report directly to the
Chairman of the Management Board. In particular, his/her responsibilities include the strategic research orientation, the oversight
of the quality of the research results in conjunction with the supervisory bodies and the Board of Trustees, and the scientific
development and strategic positioning of the DKFZ, both nationally and internationally. In his/her capacity as Scientific Director of
the DKFZ, he/she is also spokesperson for the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research (DKTK).
The size and scope of research carried out at the DKFZ as well as its many close collaborations with universities, research institutions
and industry partners require a candidate who combines exceptional leadership qualities, international stature and outstanding
scientific expertise, who is capable of providing visionary leadership to guide the strategic development of complex research
structures in basic and clinical biomedical research. He/she should demonstrate an established record of management experience
leading large, distinguished scientific or medical institutions. Further requirements include strategic vision, an authoritative
personality, and a talent for inspiring people to work together effectively. He/she should have the stature and communicative skills
to represent the DKFZ convincingly – with regard to both internal bodies and external partners. The continuous development of
relations with representatives of political bodies, science, industry and relevant societal groups are of particular importance for the
DKFZ. An excellent knowledge of German and English is required.
The appointment will be for a period of 5 years with the possibility of renewal. The remuneration is based on the compensation
scheme for higher-level university professorships and will be the subject of individual negotiations.
The members of the Helmholtz Association actively seek to promote women in positions of leadership with managerial responsibilities
in science and research. Applications from qualified women candidates are therefore particularly welcome.
Please send your application both electronically (by email) and by mail by March 31, 2015 to:
MinDir’in Bärbel Brumme-Bothe
Chairwoman of the DKFZ Board of Trustees
and Chairwoman of the Search Committee
Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)