The German Cancer Re­search Center is the largest bio­medi­cal re­search insti­tu­tion in Germany. With approx­imate­ly 3,000 em­ployees, we operate an exten­sive scien­tific program in the field of cancer research.

The National Center of Tumor Diseases (NCT) Dresden is a joint institution of the German Cancer Research Center, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, the Faculty of Medicine at TU Dresden, and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR). The NCT with sites in Heidelberg and Dresden is the leading oncological center in Germany and shall be expanded to an international center of excellence regarding point-of-care and individualized cancer medicine.

The German Cancer Research Center is seeking for the partner site Dresden of the National Center of Tumor Diseases a 

PhD Student

(Ref-No. 2018-0328)


The Translational Surgical Oncology group at the NCT Dresden is develo­ping computer- and robotic-assisted surgical sys­tems for the operating room of the future which optimize the therapy of the individual patient. We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work on robotic-assisted skill acquisition and context-aware assistance. A primary goal is the sys­tematic capturing, modelling and analysis of surgical expert skills in a sensor- and robotic-equipped operating room resulting in a library of surgical skills.

The project is part of the Cluster of Excellence „Centre for Tactile Internet with Human-in-the-Loop“ (CeTI) ( The research environment will be international, highly collaborative and involves regular interactions with the project partners.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, (biomedical) engineering, applied mathematics or related fields of expertise
  • Advanced programming skills (e. g. C++, Python)
  • Excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas is beneficial: machine learning, robotics and computer vision
  • Fluent proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Ability to collaborate well in an interdisciplinary environment

The German Cancer Research Center is committed to increase the percentage of female scientists and encourages female applicants to apply. Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference.

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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.