PhD student (m/f/d) Christian Doppler Laboratory for Next Generation CAR T Cells

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    St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung GmbH / Children´s Cancer Research Institute
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/09/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Austria › Vienna


To strengthen our excellent research team, which is focused on the development and research of innovative approaches for the treatment of childhood cancer, we are looking for a PhD student (m/f/d). In this responsible role, you will have the unique opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary competence center for pediatric oncology and to have a direct influence on the development of new cancer therapies.

In our recently launched Christian Doppler Laboratory for Next Generation CAR T Cells (https://christian-doppler.ccri.at/), which is an interdisciplinary collaboration project between Dr. Manfred Lehner at St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung (CCRI) and Dr. Michael Traxlmayr at BOKU (Institute of Biochemistry), we want to develop a new generation of CAR T cells for safe and specific tumor eradication.

CAR T cell immunotherapy is one of the hottest topics in cancer therapy and has already shown groundbreaking success in therapy of previously incurable forms of leukemia. However, novel molecular tools for improving this type of immunotherapy are urgently needed for translating this success to other tumors.

The close integration of expertise in immunotherapy and protein engineering within our CD lab is the perfect basis to develop technologies for novel molecular switches and for CARs with AND-gate function. Our work has already resulted in several patent applications and publications (Salzer B et al., Nat Comm 2020; Zajc CU et al., PNAS 2020). In the planned project at the CCRI we want to further develop CARs with AND-gate function. For this position, we are looking for a highly motivated, creative, well-organized and friendly person with a strong interest in protein engineering and specifically immunotherapy.


Your responsibilities

  • Join an exciting, multi-disciplinary environment with lots of support for your personal and professional development from your supervisor, team, and peers
  • Learn to take on ambitious research in close collaboration with experimental and clinical researchers
  • You will contribute from the start including planning of experiments and data acquisition
  • You will provide thorough and creative thinking that makes these projects a success
  • Monitor the literature and community resources to keep abreast latest developments and to identify information, data, and methods to integrate in your own work
  • Write papers, present your research at conferences, apply for fellowships, and contribute to grants


Your profile

  • Master’s degree in a relevant subject (molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, protein engineering)
  • Excellent technical skills (cell culture, nucleic acid isolation)
  • Motivation to pursue an ambitious research agenda
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English (German not required)
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and eager to learn
  • Good team player, commitment, and creativity
  • Scientific mindset, problem solving attitude


Our offer

  • A meaningful, inspiring, and international environment
  • An outstanding working atmosphere in a strong team with excellent research and development opportunities
  • Focus on medically relevant problems, with a strong translational aspect and close collaboration with physicians and the clinical trial unit
  • Access to state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Flexible working hours
  • Great location in the center of Vienna, a capital of biomedical research in Europe with excellent quality of life
  • A fair and attractive salary package according to the Austrian Science Fund FWF (https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/personnel-costs/)


Who we are

The St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute (CCRI), located in the center of Vienna, the world’s most livable city and one of Europe’s most important places for biomedical research and life sciences, is an international and multidisciplinary competence center striving to improve treatment of children and adolescents with cancer by connecting translational and clinical research with open-minded exploration of basic disease mechanisms. Through close cooperation between clinic and research, the CCRI provides an ideal environment for cutting-edge research and its translation into clinical practice. To achieve our ultimate goal of advancing the well-being of patients, the CCRI constantly pushes scientific boundaries and strongly promotes close collaboration and exchange with external institutions like the Medical University of Vienna, CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) and the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP).

The CCRI is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to providing a work environment of mutual respect to everyone without regard to ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender identity or expression, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

Find more information here: https://science.ccri.at/ or https://kinderkrebsforschung.at/.


Your application

We are looking forward to your application! Applications should at least contain your Curriculum Vitae, a cover letter, list of publications (please mark / explain your three top contributions), and the contact details of two references.

The application deadline is the 15th of September 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please apply via this link: https://st-anna-kinderkrebsforschung.jobbase.io/job/7w4nfowu

More Information

Work location(s)
12 position(s) available at
St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung GmbH / Children´s Cancer Research Institute
Zimmermannplatz 10

EURAXESS offer ID: 676145


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