Open PhD positions in cancer immunology

Starting in 2018, Dr. Jan Böttcher will join the Institute of Molecular Immunology at the TU Munich to form an international junior research group in cancer immunology. The group will be funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria and embedded within the international doctorate program i-Target: Immunotargeting of cancer. For its work on immune control of cancer, Dr. Jan Böttcher’s group is currently recruiting two PhD students (m/f) in cancer immunology, starting from May 2018.

Our research focuses on the local regulation of innate and adaptive immune cells during tumour progression and cancer immunotherapy, with a strong interest in intratumoural dendritic cells, NK cells and T cells. We aim to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms cancer cells utilise to impair immune cell function within solid tumours, including the access to tumour tissue, cell-cell interactions within the local tumour microenvironment and immune cell activation leading to tumour rejection. We further aim to use our discoveries for the development of therapeutic strategies to overcome such cancer inhibitory mechanisms and promote anti-tumour immunity. To address these questions, we make use of several cancer mouse models, modern imaging techniques and bioinformatics analyses of human patient datasets. Our work involves several collaborations with research groups in the Elite Network of Bavaria and the local Munich environment.

We are a young team looking for two skilled, highly motivated applicants interested in joining our research group from May 2018 or later. Applicants should hold a Master degree and possess a strong background in immunology and/or cancer biology, with experience in molecular biology, cell biology and in vivo work. Excellent communication skills and fluency in English are required.

Candidates should send their applications to j.boettcher(at) Please include a CV, list of publications, two references and a statement outlining why you are interested in the group.

TU Munich seeks to increase the number of women in science. We therefore encourage qualified women to apply. We give priority to severely disabled applicants with essentially equal qualifications.


Dr. Jan Böttcher
Institute of Molecular Immunology
Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München

Ismaningerstr 22, 81675 München

e-mail:         j.boettcher(at)