Doctoral student in Experimental Oncology
School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH
Third-cycle subject: Biotechnology
Cancer treatments have improved in recent years, but the mortality of cancer is still high. A major problem is the occurrence of relapses after treatment. It is important to reduce the risk of developing cancer (prevention) and to be able to detect recurrence early (sensitive screening method). The current project aims to understand the molecular mechanisms that influence the development of colorectal cancer, as well as to develop a new method for early detection of relapse. The project includes studying how cancer cells use the secretion of exosomes for communication with the tumor microenvironment as well as the development of an exosomal screening method. Part of the project is performed in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and exchange visits (of approximately 12 months in total) are planned.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who wants to be involved in developing methods that increase understanding of cancer development, improve cancer detection, and contribute to reducing the cancer burden.
Supervision: Cecilia Williams is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission
What we offer
- The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.Read more
- A workplace with many employee benefits and monthly salary according to KTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
- A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
- Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
- Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH
- To be part of the environment at SciLifeLab and collaborate with groups at Karolinska Institutet and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, including an exchange stay.
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
- passed a second cycle degree (for example a master’s degree), or
- completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
- acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge
Suitable background for this position is a master’s degree in biotechnology or equivalent. Education in the subjects corresponding to genetic engineering, proteomics, and cell and molecular biology is required.
In addition to the above, there is also a mandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here
In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:
- independently pursue his or her work
- collaborate with others,
- have a professional approach and
- analyse and work with complex issues.
- ability (documented) to summarize research results in written and oral presentation in English.
- ability (documented) to perform experimental cancer research with relevant cell and molecular biological methods (such as cell culture, western blot, qPCR, and ChIP-seq, as well as related bioinformatics is advantageous).
After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.
Target degree: Doctoral degree
Information regarding admission and employment
Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ‘ time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.
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Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.
Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).
Applications must include the following elements:
- CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
- Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
- Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.Copies of originals must be certified.
- Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.
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