PhD student positions in Molecular Oncology

Open PhD student positions are available in the Alimonti Lab at the Institute of Oncology Research ( We are looking for highly motivated people with a degree in biology, biotechnology, pharmacology or medicine. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in experimental and clinical oncology, cell and molecular biology, immunology, and transgenic mouse models of human cancers. We offer excellent working conditions: highly competitive salary, state-of-the art facilities and direct access to clinically relevant human samples.

Doctoral candidates will be working on functional and translational aspects of senescence in cancer and empirical approaches to personalized cancer therapy in the clinic. The IOSI PhD program is run in collaboration with the University of Lausanne.

Specific projects are in highly competitive areas and deal with:

  • Screening and optimization of pro-senescence and senolytic compounds for cancer therapy
  • Generation of antibodies against senescent tumor cells
  • Generation of new mouse model for prostate cancer
  • Characterization of the role of the innate and adaptive immunity in senescent tumors

The IOR is located in Bellinzona, Switzerland, very close to the Italian border and to Milan. Complete applications, inclusive of curriculum vitae, degree certificates, name and address of two references, and short description of previous training and work experience should be sent by mail or email to the following e-mail address:

Alimonti lab selected publications:

Di Mitri et al. Nature, 2014

Revandkar Nature Communications 2016 in press

Khalatur et al. Nature Communications, 2015

Toso et al. Cell Reports, 2014

Alajati et al. Cell Reports, 2015

Alimonti et al. Nature Genet, 2010

Alimonti et al. JCI 2010