PhD student in cancer biology


PhD student in cancer biology
Job type: employment contract
Number of job offers: 1
Salary (X0 000 PLN of full remuneration cost, i.e. expected net salary at X 000 PLN): salary 6 000 PLN, expected net salary at about 3 500 PLN
Position starts: 1 July 2017
Maximum period of contract: 24 months
Institution: Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw
Project leader: dr Anna Marusiak
Project title: “The role of MLK4 amplification in breast cancer progression – studies in 3D cell culture and in vivo models.”
Project is carried out within the “Homing” programme of the Foundation for Polish Sciences.
Project description:
The project focuses on evaluating the role of MLK4 (serine/threonine kinase) in the progression of breast cancer. The hypothesis is based on the recent genomic data showing gene amplification and mRNA upregulation of MLK4 in invasive breast carcinoma. The project will establish the impact of high expression of MLK4 in breast cancer cell lines in 3 dimensional (3D) cell culture and in vivo mouse models, and will determine if MLK4 can be targeted in breast cancer therapy.
Key responsibilities of candidates:

  1. Performing experimental research (including cell culture, 3D cell culture, molecular cloning, transfections, generation of stable cell lines, various phenotypic assays, work with inhibitors, in vivo mouse work)
  2. Participation in group meetings, institute’s seminars, courses and conferences.
  3. Preparation of posters and publications.
  4. Preparing reports.
  5. Studying literature on a regular basis.
  6. Preparing a PhD thesis.

Requirements for candidates:

  1. Master degree in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular cell biology or similar field.
  2. Have a strong background in cell biology and biology of cancer.
  3. Have excellent written and oral communication skills in English .
  4. Have good presentation skills (ideally having presented on international conferences).
  5. Have been an author on scientific publications (not essential).
  6. Show a good level of independence, self-reliability and motivation.
  7. Have permission for participation in in vivo work (not essential).

Required documents:

  1. Motivation letter.
  2. CV.
  3. A copy of master degree.
  4. A list of publications and conferences attended.
  5. One letter of support from an academic supervisor.

We offer:

  1. Possibility to work in a friendly environment in a brand new building with state-of-the-art equipment.
  2. Mentoring in laboratory techniques and personal development.
  3. Participation in conferences.
  4. Competitive salary.

Application deadline: 5 June 2017
The required documents must be sent by e-mail in PDF format to before the deadline. The recruitment committee will interview selected candidates before making the final decision. The interview will take place up to 2 weeks after the deadline.
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