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Postdoctoral fellow and PhD Student position in the Functional Cancer Genomics Group

Institute of Oncology Research

Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) 

The Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) in Bellinzona, Switzerland, is a rapidly evolving, leading center for basic and translational research in oncology in Europe.

IOR is affiliated to the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and its Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, as well as to other leading Swiss Universities and Research Centers.

The IOR is located in a brand-new, high-tech research building that hosts about 20 different research groups, with state-of-the-art labs and facilities, multicultural environment and daily occasions of interaction with world leaders in the fields of cancer, basic immunology and cancer immunology.

Together with the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), the IOR is member of Bios+, a recently established non-profit association aiming to promote, support and coordinate scientific research and teaching activities of its members (www.biosplus.ch).

We are now looking for

1 Postdoctoral fellow

1 PhD Student

interested in working in a very active environment at competitive projects in the area of Functional Cancer Genomics, directed by Prof. Jean-Philippe Theurillat.

The highly collaborative lab has ongoing projects with groups at Harvard, MIT and ETHZ, among others.

Publications: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=Theurillat%2C+Jean-Philippe+%5BAuthor%5D


Job Description

The successful candidate will work as part of an international team that is dedicated to understanding the regulation of the drug-delivery target PSMA and the pathways linked to lineage plasticity/adaptation to androgen receptor inhibition in prostate cancer. The position offers excellent scientific opportunities in a highly stimulating and interdisciplinary environment involving close interactions between medical and basic scientists. Investigations range from projects related to:

  • Regulation of the drug-delivery target PSMA in prostate cancer
  • Biology of residual tumor cells after androgen receptor inhibition
  • Targeting micro-metastasis and residual tumor cells


Candidate’s profile

  • Determined to solve important and challenging questions in biology/medicine
  • Strong interest/background in gene expression regulation and chromatin biology and cancer mouse models
  • At least one first-author publication for postdocs and a co-authorship for PhD student applicants
  • Ph.D or M.D./Ph.D. already obtained or soon-to-be for postdoc applicants



The position is located at the Institute of Oncology Research, a leading institution in basic and translational cancer research in Southern Switzerland with state-of-the-art core facilities and competitive salaries. The highly collaborative lab has ongoing projects with groups at the Paul-Scherrer Institute (ETHZ), Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, among others.


Initial appointment

PostDoc: 1 year - 100%

Phd Student: 3 years – 100%



We are looking forward to receiving your comprehensive digital application in English in a single PDF-File. Application will include curriculum vitae (with training, working experience and publications), two reference letters, and a statement of research interest (maximum one page).

Please submit your application to: humanresources@ior.usi.ch

Reference in the email object:

yoursurname_JPT_PostDoc or


Applications sent to different contacts, in other formats or after the deadline will not be considered.

More information about the Institute and Prof. Jean-Philippe Theurillat is available at following link: www.ior.usi.ch

For inquiry regarding this job please contact: jean-philippe.theurillat@ior.usi.ch





Starting date

Summer / fall 2022