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Finnish translational breast cancer research program is looking for a Scientific coordinator!

We are hiring an ambitious and talented Scientific Coordinator

to coordinate a large and well-funded breast cancer research program, which aims to translate pre­clinical labor­atory-based breast cancer research to new clin­ically viable treatment mod­al­ities for breast cancer. The program is seeking new ways to sens­itize breast cancer to immune check­point inhib­itors via syn­thetic lethal and immun­o­genic cell death con­cepts, which are integ­rated with com­pu­ta­tional predictions.

One key invest­ig­a­tional platform in this approach is a novel method to grow 3D cul­tures of intact frag­ments of patient-derived tissue (Patient-Derived Explant Cultures/​PDECs) for ana­lysis of tumor cell and tumor infilt­rated lymph­ocyte responses (Haikala et al., Nature Comm. 2019; PMID: 30728358, Munne et al., Nature Comm. in press; Al-Akhrass et al., Mol. Oncol. 2021, PMID: 34564954). The program is funded by sig­ni­ficant long-term grants from the US Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, Business Finland, The Jane and Aatos Erkko Found­ation, EU Horizon 2020, The Juselius Found­ation, The Academy of Finland, the Finnish Cancer Organ­iz­a­tions, and others.

The Finnish Trans­la­tional Breast Cancer Research Program is led by FICAN Pro­fessor Juha Klef­ström, with his team located in the Faculty of Medicine* at the Uni­versity of Hel­sinki. The program closely interacts with a number of leading trans­la­tional breast cancer research teams in Finland, the EU and the USA, as well as with clinical onco­lo­gists in the HUS Com­pre­hensive Cancer Center and the Finnish National Cancer Centre (FICAN) network.

The can­didate will join a trans­la­tional research group (https://​klef​stromlab​.com) that is part of the Trans­la­tional Cancer Medicine Research Program of the Medical Faculty’s Research Pro­grams Unit (RPU; link). A list of pub­lic­a­tions from the host labor­atory can be found at PubMed, search for Klefstrom+j. High­lights include pub­lic­a­tions in Nat. Comms (in press and 2019), Cancer Research, J. Med. Chem, Cancer Dis­covery, PNAS, Oncogene and EMBO J.

Can­didate requirements:

  • PhD degree and several years of Prin­cipal Invest­igator, Sci­entific Coordinator or strong Post Doc exper­ience in a rel­evant field

  • Highly motivated and sci­en­tifically know­ledgeable with strong interest in trans­la­tional cancer research and working for cancer patients’ benefit

  • Doc­u­mented exper­ience in trans­la­tional cancer research

  • Strong team player with out­standing com­mu­nic­ation and lead­ership skills

  • Exper­ience in grant writing, man­agement and reporting

  • Exper­ience in super­vising stu­dents and postdocs, working in expert teams and writing manuscripts

  • As the working lan­guage of the research group and asso­ciated teams is English, the chosen can­didate must be able to com­mu­nicate flu­ently in English

The candidate’s tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • As part of the coordin­ation team, you will coordinate inter­dis­cip­linary aca­demic and entre­pren­eurial programs

  • You will supervise both sci­entific and non-sci­entific per­sonnel in Klefström’s research team and through col­lab­or­a­tions in partner teams

  • You will par­ti­cipate in writing, man­aging and reporting research grants

  • You will par­ti­cipate in man­aging health related data, ethical and research permits, as well as a variety of con­tracts and agreements

  • You will take respons­ib­ility of sci­entific com­mu­nic­ation within the pro­grams and carry out general oper­a­tional duties and imple­ment­ation in various related research programs

  • You will par­ti­cipate in planning of the trans­la­tional research pro­jects, oversee imple­ment­ation of the pro­jects and con­tribute to writing manuscripts

What we offer:

  • A chal­lenging inter­na­tional research-ori­ented pos­ition within a well-funded, ambi­tious and ground-breaking cancer research program

  • Every day is dif­ferent. You will perform a large set of diverse tasks, ensuring your pro­fes­sional development.

  • Tight involvement in several multi-dis­cip­linary trans­la­tional research pro­jects with broad national and inter­na­tional (EU and USA) exposure and multi-stake­holder involvement (aca­demics, Pharma and other com­panies, onco­lo­gists, patient organizations)

  • Oppor­tunity to develop your lead­ership, com­mu­nic­a­tions and man­agement skills through appointment in the stra­tegic man­agement team

  • Oppor­tunity to travel and develop net­works nationally and internationally

  • Oppor­tunity to develop your pub­lic­a­tions list through co-authorship

The initial con­tract will be for one year, starting at your earliest con­venience. Total program funding covers 5-years and con­tract extension is pos­sible. The salary is in accordance with the Uni­versity salary system (for teaching and research personnel).

Applic­a­tions must include a CV and an applic­ation letter clearly describing how your profile matches the can­didate require­ments and other pre­vious achieve­ments in the field. Also include names and contact inform­ation of two or three ref­er­ences. The applic­ation, together with the required attach­ments, must be sub­mitted via email to can­cerio-office (at) hel​sinki​.fi.

Deadline for applic­a­tions is November 12 2021, but the pos­ition will be closed once a suitable can­didate has been identified.

For further inquiries, please contact can­cerio-office (at) hel​sinki​.fi.

*The Faculty of Medicine of the Uni­versity of Hel­sinki pro­motes sci­entific research of a high standard and is responsible for providing research-based under­graduate and post­graduate edu­cation in medicine, dentistry, psy­chology and logo­pedics, as well as for the English-lan­guage Master’s Pro­gramme in Trans­la­tional Medicine. In addition to teaching and research activ­ities, the Faculty serves as a sig­ni­ficant expert organ­isation in the healthcare sector and con­tributes to the dis­course on ethics in the field. In terms of research, the Faculty aims for a place among the best medical fac­ulties in the world, while con­sol­id­ating and strength­ening its status as a top-level insti­tution of medical edu­cation. Together with the Hel­sinki Uni­versity Hos­pital (HUS) and the Hel­sinki Institute of Life Sci­ences (HiLIFE), the Faculty of Medicine con­sti­tutes the Aca­demic Medical Center Hel­sinki (AMCH). This medical center has been ranked among the top 10 medical cam­puses in Europe and among the top 50 globally.