Independent Young Investigator Group Leader (f/m/d) with Tenure Track in Thoracic Radiation Medicine

Institute of Radiation Medicine (IRM)
Neuherberg near Munich (Stadt), Bayern (DE)
June 06 2019
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As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle.

The Institute of Radiation Medicine (IRM) is a transdisciplinary institute with focus research in the areas of biology/molecular biology, physics, information technology and translational radiation medicine. The institute is closely linked to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Key topics are translational radiation research in terms of preclinical models, investigation of novel biomarkers for risk-stratified radiotherapy, implementation of novel study concepts as well as new developments in medical physics.

We are now seeking an

Independent Investigator Group Leader (f/m/d) with Tenure Track in Thoracic Radiation Medicine
2019/0244 Job Description


The future group will establish research programs employing innovative approaches to investigate molecular mechanisms of lung disease including lung cancer. A key focus will be the identification of modulators of radiation response in thoracic oncology in a personalized approach to establish concepts of biomarkerdriven radiation oncology, specifically, mechanisms of action related to radiation response in normal and diseased lung. Moreover, the research group should optimize imaging of early lung disease, risk of radiation-related changes in the lung as well as mechanisms of disease. The group will be immersed in a multidisciplinary research environment.


Research directions may include, but are not limited to:


  • Deep insights into radiation biology and pathophysiology of lung disease to identify personalized therapy options
  • Evaluation of molecular effects of radiation on normal and diseased lung tissue
  • Biomarker development for thoracic radiation oncology
  • Molecular biology to understand radiation response mechanisms
  • Immunological patterns of radiation response and modification of the immune system by radiation
  • Genetic predisposition and patient-specific determinants of radiation effects
  • Computational approaches in radiation-related risk stratification

The new Young Investigator Group Leader


  • Must hold a PhD, international academic experience, should be highly motivated and innovative
  • Shows an excellent track record in the field of radiation biology, molecular biology, biomarker development in the field of lung cancer or other lung disease
  • Raises successfully extramural research funding
  • Should be interested in working in an interdisciplinary team of physicists, medical doctors, radiobiologists and molecular biologists at the interface of different research institutes and interface with other research groups at IRM and the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU)
  • Is a teamplayer with excellent communication skills, excellent self- and time management, highly motivated to supervise and teach students, establishes collaborations and fosters networking, builds a scientifically visible research group in lung biology/lung disease

What we offer you


  • A unique chance to make a difference in future healthcare
  • At HMGU, we strongly believe in scientific excellence and innovation. This is your opportunity to be part of and to advance your career in a world-leading research institution
  • You will be part of the Institute of Radiation Medicine, including interaction with a dynamic, professional and highly motivated team, supporting career development, continued education and life-long learning
  • Working in an innovative, well- equipped and scientifically stimulating interdisciplinary surrounding including Collaborative Research Centers, EU-Fundings, tight link between Medicine, Physics, Biology and Information Sciences
  • Strong link to the Technical University of Munich (TUM) guaranteeing the translational mission of the IRM
  • Teaching possibilities within the MSc Radiation Biology program as well as other university-based training programs
  • A competitive startup and running package, including personnel and annual funding

Munich, with its numerous lakes and its vicinity to the Alps, is considered to be one of the cities with the best quality of life worldwide. With its first-class universities and research institutes it offers an intellectually stimulating environment.

Remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective wage agreement for public-sector employees at federal level (TV EntgO Bund).

The position is (initially) limited to five years and includes a tenure track option with evaluation in the fourth year.

The activity involves special knowledge and experience specific to own scientific skills.

As a holder of the Total E-Quality Award, we promote equality of opportunity. To increase the share of women in management positions we very much welcome the respective applications. Qualified applicants with physical disabilities will be given preference.

We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive online application. The application should be a single PDF file containing a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, the names and contact details of three referees, a brief description (two to four pages) of past achievements and a detailed description (max. five pages) of future research plans. Please use our online submission system.

Deadline for application: July 31th, 2019.

For administrative questions please contact Ms. Dr. Susanne Raulefs, (; for scientific and position-related questions please contact Ms. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephanie E. Combs (


Helmholtz Zentrum München
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Ms. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephanie E. Combs, Director of the Institute of Radiation
Medicine (IRM), Helmholtz Zentrum München
Institute of Radiation Medicine
Ingolstädter Landstraße 1
85764 Neuherberg near Munich

The Helmholtz Zentrum München is part of the Helmholtz Association, Germany‘s largest scientific organization. Altogether 40,000 people currently work in its 19 scientific-technical and biological-medical research centers. The Association‘s annual budget amounts to more than 4.7 billion Euros.