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PostDoc Position (100%) in the Cancer Immunology Group, directed by Prof. Arianna Calcinotto

Institute of Oncology Research


Institute of Oncology Research (IOR)
The IOR, affiliated with the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), is located in a brand-new high-tech research building that hosts more than 20 different research groups, with state-of-the-art labs and facilities. Together with the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), the IOR is a member of Bios+, a recently established non-profit association aiming to promote, support, and coordinate scientific research and teaching activities of its members (www.biosplus.ch). IOR offers a multicultural environment and daily occasions of interaction with world leaders in the fields of cancer, basic immunology, and cancer immunology.
The Calcinotto lab offers a brand-new, fully equipped lab of 90m2 and an international, stimulating, dynamic, and friendly atmosphere.

Project background
The Calcinotto lab works on dissecting the interactions between tumor cells, the tissue-specific bacteria, and the tumor-infiltrating immune cells in breast cancer initiation, progression, and treatment resistance to develop novel effective therapies for the treatment of hormone-dependent breast cancer patients and prevention in individuals with germline BRCA mutations.
Publications of the lab: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=calcinotto+a&sort=date

Job description
This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research on hormonal-driven cancers, particularly breast and ovarian cancers, cancer immunology, and microbiota, working closely with a multidisciplinary and international team of researchers. Design and conduct experiments employing innovative methodologies to investigate the role of intracellular bacteria in shaping neutrophil heterogeneity and cancer initiation.

Your profile

  • Ph.D. in Cancer Biology or Immunology.
  • Independent and critical thinking with strong problem-solving capabilities.
  • Familiarity with animal models of cancer.
  • Experience with bacteria culture and engineering is desirable.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English), with a proven ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary research team.

What we offer
The position is fully funded by a Pierre Mercier Foundation grant. Initial appointment: 1 year - 100%.

Please submit your application in a single PDF-File including the following documents at humanresources@ior.usi.ch (reference: Surname_AC_PostDoc2023):

  • CV
  • Motivation Letter
  • 2 Reference Letters (or contact details of referees)

Deadline June 30th, 2023

Starting date September 1st, 2023