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Marie Curie Sklodowska Life Science PhD Position Available @ UTU Finland

Marie Curie Sklodowska Life Science PhD Position Available @ UTU Finland

Marie Curie Sklodowska Life Science PhD Position Available @ UTU Finland:  The University of Turku (in Finnish Turun yliopisto, in Swedish Åbo universitet, shortened in UTU), located in Turku in southwestern Finland (EU), is the second largest university in the country as measured by student enrollment, after University of Helsinki. It was established in 1920 and also has faculties at Rauma, Pori and Salo. The university is a member of the Coimbra Group. Marie Curie Sklodowska Life Science PhD Position Available @ UTU Finland

Marie Curie Sklodowska Life Science PhD Position Available @ UTU Finland

 

Marie Curie Sklodowska Life Science PhD Position Available @ UTU Finland

PhD Student (Marie Curie Sklodowska) in Breast and Prostate Cancer Research

The University of Turku (UTU) is an active, truly international research university, provider and developer of Finnish high-quality education. The University has 7 faculties and 11 independent units. There are over 20,000 students and 3,300 staff members. Biosciences and medicine belong to the strong research areas of UTU and are at the international top of the field. Drug development and diagnostics is one of the six profiling themes in the research strategy of the University.

Turku is the former capital and the oldest town in Finland (est. 1223) with 200 000 inhabitants located on the southwestern coast. Besides University of Turku, the city harbors the Swedish speaking Åbo Akademi University and the Turku University of Applied Sciences, each with more than 9000 students and staff members. Turku and its neighborhood are the center of the pharmaceutical and diagnostic industry as well as ship yarding industry in Finland. For centuries, the cultural life in the city is lively and flourishing.

Project description

Applications are invited for the PhD Student (Marie Curie Sklodowska) position for three years (36 months) at the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku in a collaborative research project “Application of novel tumor cell glycan-specific nanoprobes for detecting and targeting breast and prostate cancer” led Professor Pirkko Härkönen and Dr Johanna Tuomela. The position is planned to start on September 1st.

The project is part of the European Innovative Training Network (ITN) “GlycoImaging” (H2020-MSCA-ITN, 721746) (http://glycoimaging.mah.se/), formed by 8 academic and industrial partners. The aim of this innovative, multidisciplinary research program is to improve detection of cancer at early stages of growth and metastasis by developing and using novel tumor cell glycan –specific molecularly imprinted polymers (plastic antibodies). These synthetic nanoprobes can be labelled and they are expected to have high specificity and applicability for cellular imaging and diagnostic detection and targeting of tumor cells in vivo. “GlycoImaging” project will integrate cancer research scientists and industrial laboratories in Europe to develop these novel tools for cancer research and diagnostics and to train 8 early stage researchers (ESRs; or PhD students). The latest research technologies will be applied and the GlycoImaging consortium offers an innovative research training programme to our ESRs in a multi-disciplinary research environment. This includes both research work and transferable skills (e.g. presentation and teaching skills, verbal and written communication, IT and bioinformatics etc.). The GlycoImaging project is coordinated by Malmö University (Sweden), and it includes Lund University (Sweden), University of Turku (Finland), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (Germany) and Phase Holographic Imaging AB (Sweden) as partner institutions, and Siamab (US) and Miltenyi Biotec (Germany) as partner organisations.

Marie Curie Sklodowska Life Science PhD Position Available @ UTU Finland

Job description

A PhD Student (Marie Curie Sklodowska) is recruited to work in a project “Application of novel tumor cell glycan-specific nanoprobes for detecting and targeting breast and prostate cancer” as part of the GlycoImaging network at the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku for a 3-year period. The project is led by Professor Pirkko Härkönen and Dr. Johanna Tuomela. In this project applicability of novel molecularly imprinted polymers (“plastic antibodies”) in detection of breast and prostate cancer cells are investigated using cell lines and xenografts, and patient-derived primary cells, explant cultures and tumor models. The possibility of using labeled imprinted polymers in imaging tumor cells in vitro and tumors and metastases in vivo are also studied. The novel tools are exploited mechanistically in studying hormonal compound and growth factor regulation and drug responses of breast and prostate cancer. This work is done in collaboration with other partners of the GlycoImaging network who focus on design, synthesis and labeling of imprinted nanoprobes. The Härkönen group has long experience in tissue cultures and tumor/metastasis models, incl. the analysis of human breast and prostate cancer specimens and their hormonal and FGF/FGFR-mediated regulation. The Tuomela group is focused to study the role of innate immunity in cancer. The groups work in close collaboration with each other and with clinical researchers (surgeons, urologists and pathologists) that provide fresh breast and prostate cancer specimens together with diagnostic and clinical data. – The student will enroll in a doctoral programme at University of Turku for formal doctoral studies.

The Institute of Biomedicine has excellent research facilities and access to the core services of the Center for Biotechnology Turku (CBT), including the National Sequencing Center, the Proteomics Core Facility, and a highly-advanced unit for bioimaging from molecules to live cells and living organisms (Turku Bioimaging/Cell Imaging Core). The Turku PET center, also located on the campus, is a world-class center for clinical and experimental PET imaging. The Institute further harbors the Turku Center for Disease Modeling (TCDM), offering gene-modulated cell and animal models and a wide array of other disease models.

Requirements for the PhD candidate

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in medicine or suitable life sciences, gained before starting in the position
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
  • The candidate may have a citizenship of any Member State of the European Union, of an Associated Country, or of any other third country
  • The candidate must not have resided, worked or studied in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3-year period immediately prior to his/her appointment.

Salary

The remunerations of the recruited early stage researchers will be according to the Marie Curie fellowships’ scheme of the European Commission (Horizon 2020, Work Programme 2016–2017). The salary is based on a fixed monthly payment set by the EU. For details, please see Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017.

There will be a four-month trial period in the beginning of the work contract.

Application

Candidates are invited to submit all application documents in English through the University’s electronic application system from April 13, 2017 onwards. The link to the application form and instructions can be found in the application announcement of the position at the address http://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies/Pages/home.aspx or www.utu.fi/careers.

Please, add the following attachments to your application:

  • A letter stating your motivation to apply for this position
  • CV including a list of publications if any
  • A transcript of grades
  • Contact information for two referees

The deadline for submitting an application is May 17, 2017 at 23:59 in Finnish time (GMT+ 2 hours).

More information from:

Professor Pirkko Härkönen, +358 2 333 7379, +358 40 734 3520, harkonen@utu.fi (position) and

Senior Administrative Officer Heli Törmänen, +358 50 562 5937, heltor@utu.fi (recruitment process)

To Apply: https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/application_edit_welcome.html?field_id=0&job_name=PhD+Student+%28Marie+Curie+Sklodowska%29+in+Breast+and+Prostate+Cancer+Research&job_id=3623&jc=14&lang=en&place_id=158&did=5600

Marie Curie Sklodowska Life Science PhD Position Available @ UTU Finland

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