Team Lead, (Cancer Cell Signaling), Oncology Research, R&D – Orion Oyj, Turku



About the job

Orion seeks an innovative and highly motivated Scientist to lead the Cancer Cell Signaling team in Oncology Research unit in Turku.

Description Of Role

As the Team Lead you will bring your expertise in cancer biology to identify, validate, and mechanistically characterize novel oncology targets with the goal of developing life changing therapies. The focus of the team is to identify novel cancer vulnerabilities, with emphasis on cancer cell signaling and metabolism.

You will lead a team that uses a variety of genetic, biochemical, and cell biological techniques for target identification and building of the underlying mechanistic link to the disease.

Main responsibilities for this position include the following:

  • Lead a team of PhD and non-PhD level scientists with the primary focus on conducting laboratory studies from target idea to drug candidate selection
  • Develop and execute efficient strategies for target identification, prioritization, and validation
  • Lead and execute set up of relevant assays and models for in vitro and in vivo screening and efficacy studies related to research projects
  • Develop action plans, strategies, and go/no go criteria at each stage of drug discovery process
  • Serve as a leader in the Oncology Research and interact with scientific leadership within Orion to exchange data and ideas
  • Communicate project deliverables to the leaders across the oncology therapeutic area and other management groups when necessary
  • Interact with internal experts, external experts, academic groups, and CROs to establish collaborations and projects

You will be based in Turku, Finland, and report to the Director of Oncology Research.

Description Of Unit

In R&D, we offer diverse and responsible jobs to our personnel in a truly multi-disciplinary work environment. We do research in two therapy areas, Oncology and Pain. Our goal is to develop new life-changing therapies to build well-being of patients globally. Orion scientists have a long and strong history of discovering and developing innovative orally delivered small molecule drugs. Today we are also utilizing biological modalities to target the disease relevant mechanisms most efficiently and to tackle drug targets that cannot be addressed with small molecules.

Cancer Cell Signaling team is one of four research teams in Oncology Research, which together build the R&D Oncology portfolio and Oncology strategy in close collaboration with business and all R&D global functions.

We offer

  • Opportunity to work with a dynamic team of in vitro and in vivo scientists and assistants building up Oncology Research at Orion
  • A highly interesting R&D pipeline and enthusiastic working environment with opportunities to use your own strengths to build your competence and career
  • Exciting opportunity to innovate and have an impact on the future therapies for patients.

Appreciation of colleagues and continuous development are part of our core values. The culture of Orion R&D is informal, and we enjoy working together.

We are passionate about the patient welfare and serve as The Voice of Science and the Patient. Join us – together we build well-being and do work that we are proud of!


To succeed in this Team Lead position, you have the following education and professional experience:

  • A PhD with > 6 years of post-doctoral experience in oncology research
  • Track record and strong background in cell biology, biochemistry, and oncology research
  • Deep understanding on the mechanisms that drive cancer growth and experience in using genomic data mining techniques
  • Expertise in in vitro and in vivo cancer models
  • Experience as a scientific leader/supervisor and team player with excellent organizational skills
  • Industry or biotechnology experience is an advantage but not required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Candidates with a deep understanding on the mechanisms that drive cancer growth and with experience in using genomic data mining techniques to study pathways involved in cancer are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

Are you ready to challenge yourself and join Orion’s R&D? Please apply and submit your CV at the latest on September 11th, 2022.

For more information on the Team Lead, Cancer Cell Signaling position, please contact Director of Oncology Research, Anu Moilanen +358 509667827 on August 25 at 12:30-13:30 EEST or August 29 at 16:00 EEST.

Approved medical examination which also includes drug testing is required prior to the employment. We will also carry out a security clearance prior to the employment for the selected person. Orion Corporation operates in more than 30 countries, where we Orionees, 3300 in total, work in all kinds of positions. Among us there are Research Scientists, Laboratory Technicians, Engineers and IT Specialists as well as people working in Production, just to mention some examples. We offer diverse and responsible jobs to our personnel in a truly multi-disciplinary work environment. We encourage people to develop their competences and offer opportunities to affect the job description and creating their own career path at Orion. We are searching for top talents who are ready to share our passion for the work that we do.