Doctoral Student in Cancer Gene Therapy – University of Helsinki



About the job

Professor Akseli Hemminki at the University of Helsinki, Cancer Gene Therapy Group (CGTG) invites applications for the position of

DOCTORAL STUDENT in Cancer Gene Therapy

The appointment will be for a year starting upon agreement but 1.2.2022 is preferable. Trial period of 6 months will be applied.

CGTG is located in Haartman Institute on the Helsinki Academic Medical Campus in Meilahti, Helsinki, Finland. Our research involves cancer immunotherapy with oncolytic viruses, checkpoint inhibitors and adaptive cell therapies such as T-cell therapy, and their interplay. Please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/cancer-gene-therapy-group for more information.

We offer you:

• an opportunity to work in a highest quality group at the very cutting edge of cancer research, both nationally and internationally

• a chance to be involved in translational and cross-field science utilizing techniques from genetic engineering, immunology, virology, cell biology, molecular biology, clinical medicine and animal work

• a stimulating research environment on the largest biomedical research campus in Finland, with tight collaborations locally and globally

• a chance for completing a PhD and growing into an independent researcher

What is expected of you:

• MSc or equivalent degree in biological, biomedical or medical sciences field or in related Tech/Engineering

• high motivation level and work morale

• capability to work and plan experiments independently and to manage overlapping projects

• some previous experience in immunology, oncology, bioengineering or virology is required

• some skills and/or training in working with model animals (rodents) are required. The project will involve animal work.

• experience in laboratory work with viral vectors, biologicals and/or cell therapies will count in your favor

• experience in cell and molecular biology methodology, e.g. flow cytometry, qPCR, and cell proliferation assays will count in your favor

• knowledge and/or previous experience of statistical analyses and programs (GraphPad Prism, R, or SPSS) will count in your favor

• adequate written and oral skills in the English language

• excellent teamwork skills

• possibility of interviewing at CGTG in person

The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/admissions-and-education/apply-doctoral-programmes.

The monthly gross salary will be appr. 2200-2400 € per month depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers.

Please address your queries to Minna Oksanen, minna.k.oksanen@helsinki.fi, tel. +358 2941 26832.

Please submit your application as a single PDF file containing your CV through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking “Apply” link above.

The deadline for applications is December 16, 2021.

The Faculty of Medicine promotes high quality scientific research. It provides research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, psychology and logopedics, dentistry,and an international Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. It also offers psychotherapist education. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the Faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. The Faculty aims to be one of the best medical research faculties in the world, while reinforcing its status as a distinguished institution of medical education.

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki constitutes the academic medical centre together with HUS Helsinki University Hospital and the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE). This medical centre has been successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and the top 50 globally.