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ERC-funded PhD position in Chromatin and Cancer Biology

ERC-funded PhD position in Chromatin and Cancer Biology

The opportunity:

Early detection of disease could increase curative treatment and long-term survival of patients. In this ERC-funded project, the Villaseñor lab aims to discover novel epigenomic biomarkers for the early detection of cancer.

In this full-time PhD position you will be responsible for:

  • Applying a computational strategy to map cancer-specific combinatorial histone marks across multiple cancer genomes.
  • Validating the computationally identified marks in human cancer cells.
  • Test their diagnostic potential as cancer-specific biomarkers in blood plasma from healthy donors and cancer patients.
  • Data integration and computational analysis of genome-wide epigenomics data.

Who you are:

  • You have completed or are about to complete a Master's degree in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or a related field. More information on the eligibility criteria can be found here.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are among your strengths. Fluency in English is essential.
  • You enjoy working with project members from diverse scientific and cultural backgrounds and are willing to learn continuously.
  • Previous experience with genomic data generation and analysis is a plus, but not required.

The offer:

  • A fully funded position for four years.
  • A gross salary starting at €2,722 in the first year and increasing to €3,086 per month (salary corresponds to TV-L E13, 65%). Bonus at the end of the year.
  • Embedding in the Integrated Research Training Program (IRTG 1064), a structured graduate program committed to supporting doctoral candidates in their research goals, in good scientific practice, and achieving optimal qualifications for future careers.
  • You will be part of a culturally diverse, inclusive, and work-life-balanced research team in a leading scientific environment that shares these values.
  • Funding to attend international meetings or workshops in Europe.

Are you curious in learning more about the position?

Then I look forward to receiving your full application, including:

  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF file, max. 2 pages, written in English).
  • Short description of any research project carried out during your studies (MSc thesis, etc.). State the rationale and goals of the research, and indicate your own contributions to the results (~300 words).
  • Describe your general research interests (~200 words).
  • What do you find interesting about our research? (~200 words).
  • Transcript (record of study) and degree certificate for all completed degrees. If provided by the university, please also upload the supplementary information.
  • Temporary/provisional transcripts for degree programs, you are currently enrolled in.
  • Successful candidates need to be fluent in written and spoken English. Language proficiency test scores are expected to meet or exceed the minimum scores listed in all subsections.
  • Contact details from at least two referees (one referee should be a direct supervisor, working with you for at least 6 months).

Please send your full application as a single PDF document (max. 10 MB) to rodrigo.villasenor@bmc.med.lmu.de

Important dates:

The application call closes on November 10th 2023.

Interviews with pre-selected candidates will take place in December 2023.

The research project may start anytime between January and March 2024.


See the full job description at www.villasenorlab.org