PhD position: cancer evolution

Background - CONTRA ( is an EU funded Innovative Training Network consisting of 8 PIs from equally many major European universities (see below) as well as partners from pharmaceutical, biotech-start up, and software development companies. CONTRA will hire 15 PhD students, each located and supervised at one of the participating universities. CONTRA will provide training in computational cancer research and professional software development, for analysis of novel experimental data including but not limited to single-cell genomics data.

Collaborations - We will work with the other CONTRA partners and you will have the opportunity to spend time in a partner lab. Partners are: The Royal institute of Technology (KTH, Coordinator), Stockholm; The University of Cambridge; ETH Zurich; University of Warsaw; University of Vigo; King’s College London and the Francis Crick Institute (KCL/Crick); Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB); University of Barcelona; The Institute of Cancer Research, London.

Qualifications - Applicants should have now, or plan to have at the end of this academic year, a MSc with excellent results in a computational area (computational biology, bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics, engineering etc) from a top-ranking university. Applicants with a mixed background (e.g., biological sciences BSc. and bioinformatics Masters) are also encouraged to apply.

Eligibility - An applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting university for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. An applicant shall, at the time of recruitment, have received the degree (typically a MSc) entitling him or her to embark on a doctorate no more than 4 years ago.

Application - The official CONTRA application process is closed. This position is still open due to unforeseen circumstances. Please apply at


Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Background - The Markowetz Lab at the CRUK Cambridge Institute (a part of the University of Cambridge) is seeking to hire a motivated and dedicated Research Assistant to join a focused experimental research team studying mechanisms to bypass resistance and reduce side-effects in the treatment of cancer.

Our research laboratory integrates computational and experimental research to answer key questions regarding the evolution of cancer, the impact of tumour microenvironment, the molecular interactions that drive cancer growth and how cancer varies between patients.

The successful candidate will form part of our focus on the molecular interactions that drive cancer. We are looking to recruit an eager experimental scientist who will gain experience in the latest single-cell sequencing and CRISPR technologies. We aim to apply these methods to support our team in elucidating molecular mechanisms of resistance in both breast cancer and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, with a long-term goal of bypassing these mechanisms using combination therapies.

Qualifications - The ideal candidate is enthusiastic and has a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in a related field and practice lab experience that includes cell culture, molecular cloning and methods of gene delivery.

Good communication and organisational skills will be key to coordinate the projects with other researchers in the group and the successful candidate should show initiative and independent thinking, possess excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team.

Informal enquiries may be made to

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

Application - Follow instructions at


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