PhD student position in integrative cancer research
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The Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University (www.igp.uu.se) has a broad research profile with strong research groups focused on cancer, autoimmune and genetic diseases. A fundamental idea at the department is to stimulate translational research and thereby closer interactions between medical research and health care. Research is presently conducted in the following areas: medical and clinical genetics, clinical immunology, pathology, neuro-oncology, vascular biology, radiation science and molecular tools. Department activities are also integrated with the units for Oncology, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Pathology, and Medical Physics at Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala. The department has teaching assignments in several education programmes, including Master Programmes, at the Faculty of Medicine, and in a number of educations at the Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology. The department has a yearly turnover of around SEK 400 million, out of which more than half is made up of external funding. The staff amounts to approximately 340 employees, out of which 100 are PhD-students, and there are in total more than 600 affiliated people.
A 4-year PhD student position is now available for highly motivated individuals with interest in integrative cancer research, in the laboratory of Dr Sven Nelander (nelanderlab.org). The goal of the project is to develop a new therapeutic strategy against the brain cancer glioblastoma, based on direct in vivo reprogramming of the tumor cells. Working in a team of both theoretical and experimental researchers, you will use two new and powerful experimental methods to analyze drug effects in patient-derived brain tumor cells. First, a new profiling method, termed drug-SEQ, is adapted to globally investigate the effect of targeted therapies on multiple cellular pathways. Second, innovative gene editing and single cell approaches to investigate how cells change over time in the presence and absence of targeted interventions. Together, these approaches will be used to clarify how cells from a specific patient individual can be reprogrammed to reduce or reverse tumor growth in vivo. In the project, you will collaborate with top level experts in neuro-oncology, computational biology, technology and mathematics. The project is co-supervised by three highly skilled experts in RNA sequencing/single cell technology, in vivo modeling of glioblastoma, and radiotherapy (Dr Milena Doroszko, Dr Ramy Elgendy, Dr Marika Nestor), and tightly linked to a dynamic international center in brain tumor and systems biology at IGP and the Rudbeck laboratory. The successful candidate will devote most of the time towards his/her research level education. Other service activities within the department, e.g. education and administrative work can be included within the framework of the employment (maximum 20%). The position will be extended with the time devoted to teaching to allow four years of full time graduate studies.
The applicant should have MSc degree in a relevant area. For this particular position, we strongly encourage candidates with well documented experimental experience in one or several of the area(s) of cancer biology, stem cell biology, RNA sequencing, pharmacology and genomics. To maximize medical relevance, projects in our lab involve in vivo experiments, and such experience is of interest. We also strongly encourage candidates with a technological interest, and a willingness to engage in analytical work with bioinformatics experts, and appreciate if you clarify your level of statistics/computer training, or other experience in cross-disciplinary work. We encourage candidate with a record of originality and creativity. Excellent skills in oral and written English are required.
Information about education at the postgraduate level, admission requirements and admission decisions can be found at www2.medfarm.uu.se/utbildning/forskarniva/vill_du_borja/
Your application should include a CV, copies of exams, degrees and grades, contact details of two references and a short description of the applicant and his/her experience. Letters(s) of recommendation may be included. If the applicant has published scientific papers, they can also be included.
The postgraduate education is regulated by Högskoleförordningen Chapter 5 §§1-7 and by the rules and regulations of Uppsala University: regler.uu.se/.
Selection of applicants will be done by the future tutor for the selected student in collaboration with co-supervisors and the postgraduate study group of the Department. The Postgraduate Programmes Committee at the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine will formally approve the student's admission
Setting the salary will be according to local guidelines at Uppsala University.
Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.
Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students and teaching assistants.
Starting date: According to the agreement.
Type of position: Temporary full-time position
For further information about the position please contact Associate Professor Sven Nelander at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 30 August 2019, UFV-PA 2019/2685.
Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.
Placement: Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed salary
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/2685
Last application date: 2019-08-31
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