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POSTDOC IN TRANSLATIONAL IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY
The immuno-oncology research team coordinated by Dr Jeroen Pouwels at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Medicine is looking to hire an ambitious
Postdoc in Translational Immuno-Oncology
The candidate will join a collaborative immuno-oncology project, funded by an Academy of Finland Project Grant, that seeks new ways to sensitize breast cancer to immune checkpoint inhibitors. The very translational research group is part of the Research Program of the Faculty of Medicine Research Programs Unit (RPU) and is aligned with the Finnish Flagship Programme iCAN. A novel method to grow 3D cultures of intact fragments of patient-derived tissue (Patient-Derived Explant Cultures), which preserves the human tumor microenvironment including the immune-contexture, reflects inter- and intra-patient tumor heterogeneity and, importantly, can assess the efficacy of novel treatment regimens on real human tumors (Haikala et al., Nature Comm. 2019; PMID: 30728358), will play a central role in the project.
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Want to join us?
Want to join us? We are about 10 researchers, including postdocs, graduate students and skilled research assisting personnel. The lab is dedicated to translate high-impact laboratory discoveries to the benefit of breast cancer patients and our strengths are in versatile use of genetic and pharmacological approaches together with sophisticated in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models of breast cancer.
What do we expect from a new lab member? Your incentive to carry out research has to be scientific curiosity. You keep on asking why and how things happen? We are a translational science lab and for that type of environment we invite not only your experimental skills but also your ideas, brains and personal creativity. Once your hypotheses mature, you will have high degree of freedom to pursue own scientific ideas and projects. At this stage, you will find collaborators from inside and outside of the lab, no-one works alone. We expect you to show determination and commitment to your projects. You have to believe in your vision and prove it. That means hard work, but this is for the benefit of yourself.
What do we offer for you? You will learn many state-of-art molecular research technologies, from CRISPR mediated gene editing to modern 3D culture technology of cells and patient-derived breast cancer explants. You will learn molecular cloning, protein techniques, confocal microscopy and methods pertaining to transgenic, knock-out and syngrafted mouse models of cancer. In addition, you will develop your skills in reasoning and scientific argumentation. We discuss and argue a lot in our weekly lab meetings, journal clubs as well as in our annual lab retreat. In addition to the training offered by the lab, you will be exposed to vivid scientific atmosphere of the Research Programs Unit (RPU) of Medical Faculty. RPU groups include both basic researchers and clinical scientists working with patients and the program offers weekly seminars and symposia, Science days as well as social program.