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    Opportunity: PhD student position (four years salary) in cancer bioinformatics @ Lund University -- Lund, Sweden
    Submitted by Lao Saal; posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018


    Join the Saal laboratory of Translational Oncogenomics ( and begin your PhD studies on "Precision medicine for advanced cancers through molecular genomics and analysis of circulating tumour DNA". This is a four year salaried PhD studentship funded in part by the Lund University CanFaster EU Horizon 2020 Marie Curie COFUND programme.

    The proposed PhD studies will harness the latest innovations in tumor genomics and ultrasensitive mutational profiling to address critical clinical questions facing patients with advanced solid cancers. Studies will be performed to develop prognostic and predictive signatures based on transcriptomic and genomic data, to improve risk stratification and patient selection for targeted therapies, to monitor therapy response non-invasively using "liquid biopsies", and for dissection of the molecular mechanisms of treatment resistance.

    The vast majority of cancer mortality is caused by progression to advanced metastatic disease. However, our understanding of the lethal clones and their biology is limited. In this translational project, the student will study cohorts of well-annotated and preserved tissue and liquid biopsy samples (such as circulating tumor DNA in blood plasma) from patients with advanced breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, and prostate cancer, to better understand the molecular drivers of each malignancy, the impact of intratumoral heterogeneity, identify determinants of sensitivity or resistance to treatment, and how these molecular portraits correspond to clinicopathological factors as well as patient survival. In particular, patient tumor material and RNA-sequencing data from the SCAN-B project with over 11,000 enrolled patients will be utilized ( ID NCT02306096). For the engaged student, training is offered in state-of-the-art genomic methods using massively-parallel DNA- and RNA-sequencing, digital PCR, bioinformatics, machine learning, and functional genomics. You will be joining the Translational Oncogenomics group, an interdisciplinary team with strong national and international collaborations and partnerships, including with the spin-out liquid biopsy company SAGA Diagnostics in Lund.


    Standard PhD course requirements. 4 years PhD studies. A half-time control thesis defence will be performed after 2 years.


    Previous experience in bioinformatics, programming, next-generation sequencing, and/or cancer research is desired.


    Lund University, Sweden.


    ca €31,000/year


    Please apply at the recruitment website


    May 6, 2018

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