Research Assistant in the CANVAS Project: Enhancing Cancer Vaccine Science for New Therapy Pathways


JOB OFFER Research Assistant (Research_Assistant_2024_3)


Research assistant

Scientific discipline   Biotechnology
Contract type   employment contract, part-time, up to 75% of full time employment
Number of job offers   1
Monthly salary   ~5100 – 6100 PLN gross monthly salary (before tax and social insurance deductions)
Position starts on 01.09.2024
Maximum  period of contract   6 months
Institution   International Centre for Cancer Vaccine Science (ICCVS), University of Gdansk, Poland Address  ul. Kładki 24, 80-809  Gdańsk, Polska
Project leader   Prof. dr hab. Natalia Marek-Trzonkowska
Project title   Enhancing Cancer Vaccine Science for New Therapy Pathways (CANVAS),
Horizon Europe, GA no. 101079510
Offer description     We are looking for a research assistant to work in the International Centre for Cancer Vaccine Science (ICCVS) at the University of Gdańsk. The position is offered in the research group Cancer Immunology led by  prof. Natalia Marek-Trzonkowska. About the project The main objective of the project Enhancing Cancer Vaccine Science for New Therapy Pathways (CANVAS) is to significantly raise the scientific profile, expand the networks, and increase research management competencies at the International Centre for Cancer Vaccine Science (ICCVS) at the University of Gdańsk (UG), Poland, to achieve improved research excellence in cancer vaccine science. The project aims to contribute to reduction of the disparities in R&I in Europe by networking activities with outstanding leading European research partners: University of Rome Tor Vergata (UNITOV) from Italy, and Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) from France. The partnership includes also a biotech start-up Real Research (Poland) to foster intersectoral knowledge transfer for an innovative translational research approach. A strong focus on upgrade of grant writing and research management skills will improve long-term competitiveness in obtaining funding. In addition, a joint pilot study has been planned in the project to contribute to the foundation for a novel patient tailored therapy of non-small cell lung cancer. Thus, apart from the scientific impact, in the long term innovations generated with the support of the CANVAS partnership have a translational potential to contribute to improving therapy for cancer patients, which give the project a pivotal economic and societal impact. More information at: About ICCVS

The International Centre for Cancer Vaccine Science (ICCVS) has been established in 2017 as a joint unit of the University of Gdańsk (UG) and the University of Edinburgh (UoE) within a project carried out within the International Research Agendas Programme of the Foundation for Polish Science funded from the European Regional Development Fund. The aim of ICCVS has been comprehensive research into development of novel diagnostic and prognostic markers and  personalized anti-cancer therapies and vaccines, followed by their commercialization and implementation into clinical practice. ICCVS works on a range of national and international research  projects concentrating on cancer biology and novel approaches to immunotherapies. The focus of the ICCVS is the development of personalized vaccine against non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The approach is based on use of cancer specific T cells that are selected by the special algorithm elaborated at ICCVS. The first in vitro and in vivo studies are very encouraging, and the team plans to start clinical trials in a few years perspective.
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Key responsibilities include   Involvement in the  implementation of the CANVAS project according to the project plan, including:
  1. Actively conducting scientific research according to the CANVAS research pilot on novel therapies of NSCLC, including 2D and 3D cell culture models.
  2. Involvement in coordination and support action planned in the project, in particular design and implementation of twinning visits, scientific workshops and training activities.
  3. Dissemination of project results at external events as well as contribution to the organization of the CANVAS dissemination events for scientific audience as well for wider public.
Profile of candidates and requirements  
  1. MSc in biological science, medical science,  biotechnology or related  (or equivalent, eg. MD, VMD) 
  2. Experience in cell isolation, cell sorting techniques and flow cytometry, conducting cell line cultures, including populations of human immune cells and adherent cancer cell lines;
  3. Good written and oral communication skills.
  4. Very good knowledge of English
  5. Excellent organizational skills.
  6. The candidate should be committed to working collaboratively within an inclusive and diverse multicultural environment.
We offer  
  1. Part-time employment at the International Centre for Cancer Vaccine Science (ICCVS) at the University of Gdansk. The start date of employment is negotiable. The employment period may be extended after a periodic evaluation.
  2. Additional yearly remuneration (so-called “13th salary”), if eligible and according to binding provisions at the University
  3. Holiday allowance/ Christmas allowance, if eligible and according to binding provisions at the University
  4. Scientific and organizational support.
  5. Basic research equipment and specialist laboratory facilities.
  6. Friendly, inspiring, interdisciplinary environment and work in international partnerships.
General rules of the recruitment process  
  1. The decision will be made by the Recruitment Committee (RC) no later than 3 months from the deadline for submission of applications.
  2. The RC reserves the right to contact only selected candidates.
  3. An interview will be held  (online or onsite). The interview is planned for late July-late August.
  4. The RC reserves the right to invite only  pre-selected candidates for the interview.
  5. The RC’s decision is final and is not subject to appeal.
  6. The RC reserves the right to close the competition without selecting a candidate.
  7. The RC can decide to prolong the application deadline / reannounce the competition.
  8. In the event of resignation from accepting the position of the selected candidate, the RC has the right to send the offer to a person placed on the reserve list, and in the absence of such a list, the RC has the right to reconsider the applications submitted to the competition and to select another candidate.
Required documents  
  1. Curriculum vitae with a list of publications (if any), and a list of ongoing research projects (with specification of role in the research if unclear); a list of conference talks (if any), and a list of trainings (if any); a list of academic prizes and awards (if any);
  2. PDF files of (at most) three relevant papers by the candidate (or web links, in the case of open access publications);
  3. Motivation letter (including statement of current scientific interests) – up to 2 pages;
  4. Signed statement on the GDPR information clause for this job offer downloaded from:
  5. Documents confirming academic degrees (a scan of a MSc diploma or equivalent)
NOTE: Before signing the employment contract, the person selected in the competition is requested to submit to the University of Gdansk the original of the diploma. Please note that in case of diplomas not recognized in the EU a recognition procedure according to provisions of Polish Law will need to be completed by the candidate before the employment contract can be signed.
  1. References: contact details (name, affiliation, email) of two senior researchers who can be contacted for references.
Documents referring to items 1-4 should be prepared in English and sent merged as  ONE pdf file.
Submit the documents to stating the reference Research_Assistant_2024_3 in the subject

Application deadline

21 July 2024, 23:59:59

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