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Postdoctoral position in targeting cell invasion in metastatic cancers

University Children’s Hospital Zürich
Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research lab
ArbeitsortZürich, Region Zürich, Schweiz

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral research scientist , who is passionate
about oncology and determined to move an ambitious translational cancer research project

The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research lab is part of the Children’s Research Center of the
University Children’s Hospital Zürich, Switzerland. The lab is embedded in the highly active
and competitive basic and translational research environment of the University of Zürich and
the ETH Zürich. The University Children’s Hospital Zürich is the largest Children’s Hospital in
Switzerland and a major pediatric treatment and research center in Europe. The lab has inhouse
access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure and to the core facilities of the
University of Zürich and the ETH Zürich. We offer
  • A dynamic lab environment
  • Ambience to develop your technical and intellectual skills
  • Freedom to try and test new methodologies within the context of cancer cell invasion
  • Competitive remuneration and social benefits according to Swiss national science foundation


The candidate will join the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research team, where he/she will
interact with a team of postdocs, Ph.D. and Master’s students working on the discovery of
novel molecular mechanisms underlying cancer cell dissemination. He/she will
  • Identify and validate molecular targets for anti-dissemination therapy
  • Explore efficacies of existing and novel drugs as anti-dissemination agents using 3D tumor cell models and organotypic brain slice cultures
  • Run medium throughput drug screening trials
  • Maintain biobank and database of existing and novel tumor models
  • Actively contribute to the development of existing and new 3D cell models


A dynamic researcher, who is
  • Self-motivated
  • Passionate and dedicated towards translation cancer research
  • A quick learner
  • A good team-player
For this position, you need to bring the following qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in cancer biology, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry or related field
  • Proven track record in cancer research is mandatory
  • Proven expertise in mammalian cell culture.
  • Experience in stem and / or primary cell culture is desired (not mandatory)
  • Expertise in confocal microscopy
  • Experience in working with in vivo models (not mandatory)
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English


The position is initially funded for 9 months with the possibility for extension. Please send
your motivation letter, a CV and two reference letters as one single PDF file to:
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