PhD Position - Bioinformatics in Translational Metabolic Oncology (f/m/x)


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We are Helmholtz Munich. In a rapidly changing world, we discover breakthrough solutions for better health.

Our research is focused within the areas of metabolic health/diabetes, environmental health, molecular targets and therapies, cell programming and repair, bioengineering, and computational health. We particularly excel in the fields of basic research, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, and technological development.

Through this research, we build the foundations for medical innovation. Together with our partners, we seek to accelerate the transfer of our research, so that laboratory ideas can reach society and improve people’s quality of life at the fastest rate possible.

This is what drives us. Why not join us and make a difference?

Precision therapy for cancers demands patient stratification and therapeutic target identification through the integration of multi-level omics data, metabolic insights, and clinical information from oncological cohorts. Our current projects tackle pivotal questions in radio-oncology, focusing on metabolism and senescence. We employ translational research methodologies, generating and analyzing high-dimensional data from diverse molecular levels across large-scale clinical cohorts and in vitro model systems to unravel intricate tumor interactions and metabolic processes affecting therapeutic responses.

We offer:

  • Initial 3-year funding.
  • Opportunity for graduation with a Dr. rer. nat. or Dr. rer. biol. hum.
  • Access to high-level training programs and participation in scientific conferences.
  • Potential for (inter-)national lab exchanges.
  • Engage in interdisciplinary research spanning biology, bioinformatics, statistics, physics, and medicine.
  • Access to high-performance computing environments.
  • Enrollment in the Graduate School at Helmholtz Munich.
  • Support from experienced researchers in bioinformatics, biology, and mathematics.
  • Flexible working conditions and a collegial atmosphere.
  • Opportunity to focus on computational and/or wet-lab projects.
Elizabeth Blackburn, Molecular Biologist

"I didn’t want to just know names of things. I remember really wanting to know how it all worked."

Your tasks

  • Analyze high-dimensional data from multiple molecular levels, such as RNAseq, ExomSeq, and mass spectrometry.
  • Participate in the generation and organization of high-dimensional data.
  • Contribute to the preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication.
  • Participate in scientific conferences and effectively communicate research findings.
  • Implement modern/novel computational approaches into translational research projects.

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in Bioinformatics, Biology, Pharmacy, Chemistry, or related field.
  • Proficiency in R/Python/bash programming.
  • First-hand experience in high-performance computing is preferred.
  • Strong motivation to contribute to interdisciplinary research in translational oncology.
  • Interest in applying novel and state-of-the-art computational approaches, such as machine learning and AI applications.



Since 2005, we hold the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for exemplary action in the sense of an equal-opportunity organizational culture.

Helmholtz Munich is actively committed to diversity and inclusion in practice and is sustainably committed to equality.

The Diversity Charter has set itself the goal of promoting diversity in the world of work. By signing the charter, we commit ourselves to create an appreciative working environment for all employees.


This position provides the opportunity for you to build specialist knowledge whilst developing key professional experience, both of which will help you to make strides in your scientific career.

Remuneration and social security benefits are based on the German Collective Wage Agreement for Public-Sector Employees at Federal Level (EG 13 50% TV EntgO Bund). In addition, there is also the possibility of receiving an allowance if the applicable conditions are met. The position has an (initial) fixed term of three years but may be extended under certain circumstances.

We are committed to promoting a culture of diversity and welcome applications from talented people regardless of gender, cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, physical abilities, religion or age. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference. If you have obtained a university degree abroad, we will require further documents from you regarding the comparability of your degree. Please request the Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications as early as possible.


Interested in applying?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Martin Selmansberger,, who will be happy to help.

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