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The Mouse Models of Cancer Therapies group from VHIO seeks a PhD student to join our group.
Publicació: 28/07/2020
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The Mouse Models of Cancer Therapies group from VHIO seeks a PhD student to join our group

Application deadline: 13/9/2020

Job description:

The Mouse Models of Cancer Therapies group led by ICREA Research Professor Laura Soucek is seeking an excellent and highly motivated PhD student to join us on a project supported by La Marató Foundation to study the role of Myc in instructing the tumor immune microenvironment in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) with diverse mutational landscapes.

The group’s main interest is the role of Myc in tumorigenesis and Myc inhibition as a valuable approach in cancer therapy. Its main lines of research are (i) Myc-induced tumorigenesis, (ii) Myc inhibition and its validation as cancer therapy, (iii) design and testing of clinically-viable protein-based Myc inhibitors, (iv) development of pre-clinical models of cancer therapy and (v) Myc-induced cancer immune evasion.

The laboratory regularly works with several transgenic, syngeneic, humanized and patient-derived xenograft (PDX) mouse models of cancer, including lung, glioma, breast, colorectal, melanoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma models, with a very translational approach. The group overarching goal is to bring Myc inhibition to the clinic.

More information about our group can be found here: https://www.vhio.net/en/mouse-models-of-cancer-therapies-group/


We are seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated and qualified PhD students. Candidates must have an exceptional academic record and hold a Master’s Degree to be eligible for highly competitive fellowships. A background in immunology /immune-oncology will be favorably considered.

Education and qualifications

• Degree in life sciences

• Master’s Degree in life sciences

Experience and knowledge

• Previous experience in at least one research laboratory

• Animal Experimentation Certificate is preferred

• Experience in cell culture, flow cytometry and mouse handling is preferred

• Excellent organization and communication skills

• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

• High level of English

Main responsibilities and duties

• Planning and execution of research projects under supervision

• Use of immunology and cell culture techniques, as well as handling of different animal models

• Presentation of research results at internal and external meetings


To join our group and contribute to this exciting research project, applicants should send a CV, contact information of at least one reference and a cover letter describing past achievements and research interests to: Sílvia Casacuberta  [email protected] and Jonathan Whitfield [email protected]