IMMUTRAIN – Training Network for the Immunotherapy of Cancer

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 641549

As a result of expanding efforts to improve cancer therapy, a main paradigm change has occurred by targeting the immune system, not the tumor itself. „Science“ highlighted immunotherapy of cancer as „breakthrough of the year 2013“. Antibody-based therapies form an integral and constantly growing part of this approach leading towards individualised medicine. These therapies will strongly influence the coming decade of cancer care.

The training network for the immunotherapy of cancer (IMMUTRAIN), received 3,6 Mio.€ for four years from the European Union in order to perform cutting-edge research in this field and to respond to the increasing demand for well-trained and skilled researchers. The network is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Stefan Endres and PD Dr. Sebastian Kobold from the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. IMMUTRAIN will bring together experts of nine European countries in the fields of monoclonal antibodies, dendritic cells, T-cells and immunomodulatory nucleic acids. The network also offers a considerable industrial involvement to train the next generation of scientists from different perspectives and give insights in different research environments.

Training programme and scientific projects
The overall scientific objective of IMMUTRAIN is to enhance the efficacy of antibody-based therapies through combination with other immunotherapeutic approaches. Each Early Stage Researcher (ESR) is appointed for a scientific project by a partner of the network (host institution) and supervised by a one or more senior scientists (PI). Each project is part of one of the four scientific work packages of IMMUTRAIN.

Work Package Topics

IMMUTRAIN’s training objectives are: 1) To give an extensive overview of immunologic combination partners for antibodies. 2) To teach how to develop new therapies (target validation, drug discovery and development). 3) To provide a broad methodological know-how in the field of immunotherapy. 4) To provide transferable skills. 5) To give an insight into the respective chances and challenges of the academic and industrial sectors. 6) To provide academic and industry contacts for later cooperations and/or employment.


Call for applications

The IMMUTRAIN project is looking for one Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to join the training and research programme at Institut Gustave Roussy, Paris, France, under the supervision of Prof. Laurence Zitvogel. The research project of the ESR will be part of the work package 4, “Target discovery and validation for antibody combination therapies”.

Further Information:

We offer:

  • Cutting-edge-research project
  • State-of-the-art and innovative international training in one of the most exiting fields of biomedical research: cancer immunotherapy
  • Project with strong translational perspective
  • Excellent training and opportunities for future employment in academic and private sector
  • An employment contract for maximum two years with all the benefits of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme:
    • a living allowance (salary including e.g. social security)
    • a mobility allowance
    • a family allowance (if applicable).
  • The application procedure will be carried out in compliance with the Code of Conduct for Recruitment and the Charter for Researchers

We seek:

  • Excellent scientists with a master degree or equivalent in natural sciences or related disciplines (such as medicine or pharmacy)
  • Practical skills in modern laboratory work, preferentially combined with experience in animal experiments

You must:

  • Be within your first four years of research experience after completion of your masters degree or equivalent
  • Not have spent more than 12 months within the past 36 months in France (mobility rule)
  • Not hold a doctoral degree at the time of recruitment
  • Be proficient in the English language both written and spoken (proof required)
  • Submit your full application before 19.11.2017

Please note that we will require the strict application of any of the “must” criteria prior to recruitment. If you fail to provide firm evidence for any of these criteria, you will be excluded from further consideration for the programme.

Applications will only be accepted and considered via the web portal. Applications will open on October 10th, 2017 and close on November 19th, 2017.

The applications will be evaluated in two steps:

The candidates will be informed about the results of the selection in December 2017.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact

Simone Gautier, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Klinikum der Universität München

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