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German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg

The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg is Germany’s largest biomedical research institute. As part of the Helmholtz Association, the largest research organization in Germany, the DKFZ has an international and dynamic work environment, providing scientists with access to state-of-the-art research facilities and exceptional resources.

Master's Programmes



  • 1964 DKFZ was founded
  • 1977 DKFZ joined the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • 2001 DKFZ joined the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers (HGF)
  • 2003 The National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg was set up
  • 2007 Alliance of DKFZ and the Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH)
  • 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine awarded to Professor Harald zur Hausen


DKFZ is the largest biomedical research institute in Germany and a member of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers. In over 90 divisions and research groups, our more than 2,700 employees, of which more than 1,200 are scientists, are investigating the mechanisms of cancer, are identifying cancer risk factors and are trying to find strategies to prevent people from getting cancer.They are developing novel approaches to make tumor diagnosis more precise and treatment of cancer patients more successful.


The German Cancer Research Center is an attractive employer. We offer excellent working conditions both in science and administration in a modern, international setting.

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Library services

Major Tasks of the Central Library:

  • Providing scientific literature and information needed by the scientists of the German Cancer Research Center
  • Main areas of collection are: Tumor Biology, Mechanisms of Cancer Genesis, Carcinogenic Factors, Cancer Prevention, Research on Diagnostics and Therapy as well as other special subjects needed by our scientists.

Student Life

Campus life

As the German Cancer Research Center is located only about 1.5 km from the Central Station, one may even walk (15-20 minutes). Upon exiting central station, head north and cross the „Kurfürsten-Anlage“ (large 4-lane-street). Walk north along the „Mittermaierstrasse“ crossing the Neckar River. Right after the bridge, make a left into „Jahnstrasse“. Follow that street until you reach the gate on the left. Pass the gate and walk into „Kirschnerstrasse“. About 100 meters down the road you will see the DKFZ main entrance to your right.

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