Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researcher in Cancer Biology

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Dec 2023

Doctoral and postdoctoral researcher in cancer biology

The laboratory of Dr. Johanna Englund at Cell tissue dynamics research program at the Institute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE, University of Helsinki, is looking for 1) a doctoral researcher and 2) a postdoctoral researcher in the field of cancer biology. 

Englund lab (www.englundlab.com ) investigates how the composition and dynamics of extracellular matrix and basement membrane (BM) are regulated during mammary tissue development and tumorigenesis. We are especially interested in understanding the role of BM in breast cancer initiation. We use human and mouse model systems, including patient-derived organoid cultures, imaging and proteomics for these studies. The doctoral and postdoctoral projects will focus on understanding the dynamics of BM in normal and malignant epithelial growth and determining the functional role of BM during breast cancer initiation.

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and creative individuals with good teamwork skills to join our team. The candidate should hold (1) a Masters degree or comparable or (2) a PhD degree in cell biology, cancer biology, genetics or related field. Experience in imaging, image analysis, animal work and histology are considered highly beneficial. Good written and verbal communication skills in English are necessary. 

Further degree requirement for doctoral researcher position: The appointee must apply, and obtain, the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki within the probationary period of 6 months: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/admissions-and-education/apply-doctoral-programmes/how-apply-doctoral-education  

Further degree requirement for postdoctoral position: The degree requirement must be met by the beginning of the employment.

Both positions are initially limited to 2 years, with a possibility for an extension. A trial period of 6 months will be applied, and the salaries will be based on the University salary scheme for teaching and research personnel composed of both task specific and personal performance components. 

The application should consist of a motivation letter stating your research interests, CV and contact information of at least 2 references in a single pdf file and be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system. The deadline for the applications is 15th December 2023, however the positions will be filled once suitable candidates have been identified. For further information and questions, please email Johanna Englund (johanna.englund @ helsinki.fi ).

The position can be started in 1.1.2024 or as agreed.

About HiLIFE and University of Helsinki

Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) is a new institute established in 2017 that supports high quality life science research across the University campuses and faculties. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths and new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment for researchers to solve grand challenges in health, food, and environment. HiLIFE coordinates research infrastructures in life sciences and provides research-based interdisciplinary training.

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and professional development opportunities. The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.



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