IMMUTRAIN – Training Network for the Immunotherapy of Cancer

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Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, H2020

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.
Young researchers recruited by IMMUTRAIN will benefit from a network comprising nine academic research groups and five industrial partners. The network will actively create synergies between those sectors by forming and promoting young researchers to match the challenges of immunotherapies.

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) will be appointed for a scientific project by a partner of the network (host institution) and supervised by 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 program is looking for Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to join the training and research program. IMMUTRAIN offers a three years training program in the immunotherapy of cancer with the possibility of earning a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent).

Two positions are open:
ESR 1 and ESR 13

Further information:

We offer :

  • Cutting-edge-research projects
  • State-of-the-art and innovative international training in one of the most exiting fields of biomedical research: cancer immunotherapy
  • Projects with strong translational perspective
  • The possibility to obtain a doctoral degree
  • Excellent training and opportunities for future employment in academic and private sector
  • An employment contract for three 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 the country where the institution you are applying for is located (mobility rule)
  • Not hold a doctoral degree at the time of recruitment
  • Be proficient in the English language both written and spoken (proof required)

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 program.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact 
Simone Gautier, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Klinikum der Universität München  

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The deadline for submission of applications is extended to September 9th, 2016. All applications having been submitted until the deadline will be evaluated.