PhD student in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy

Department of Pathology, Oslo University Hospital HF

PhD student in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy

Department of Pathology, Oslo University Hospital HF

In order for us to meet the challenges of today and for the future, we need skilled and committed employees. Oslo University Hospital is a workplace with very good opportunities for both professional and personal development. We are going on an incredible journey for the next 10 years. On the way to new hospital buildings, we will develop a workplace that will take care of patients, next of kin and employees.

Oslo University Hospital is a workplace with great diversity. We believe this is crucial, so that we can solve the tasks required of us. We want this diversity to be reflected among the applicants on our positions and encourage everyone to apply regardless of who you are and what background you have.

A funded 3-year PhD student position in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy is available in the Tumor Immunology research group led by Dr Alexandre Corthay ( at the Department of Pathology, Oslo University Hospital and University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

Application deadline: 31.08.2022

Employer: Oslo universitetssykehus HF

Town/city: Oslo

Title: Phd student in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy

Positions: 1


Employment type: Contract

Percentage of full-time: 100

Webcruiter ID: 4547540069

Start date: 01.10.2022

End date: 30.09.2025

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Job description

The main objective of this PhD project is to establish a novel strategy for cancer immunotherapy based on the activation of tumor-associated macrophages. The project is based on previous findings in our laboratory that revealed cooperation between two types of immune cells, CD4 T cells and macrophages, in fighting cancer. Experiments will be performed to optimize the activation of antitumor macrophages in vitro using tumor on-a-chip technology, in vivo with mouse cancer models, and ex vivo using macrophages isolated from human tumors. The PhD project is entitled “Unleashing the full antitumor potential of macrophages for next-generation cancer immunotherapy”.

The position is limited to 3 years with the possibility of prolongation. 

Qualification requirements
  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in immunology, molecular cell biology, or equivalent, with a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale).
  • Practical experience from relevant laboratory work within immunology or molecular cell biology, and ability to plan, perform and analyze experiments.
  • The candidates should be comfortable working with mice.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (English).
Personal skills
  • Scientifically curious and proactive
  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team
  • Is motivated and solution-oriented
  • High working capacity and productivity
  • Is flexible and effective
  • Good presentation skills

How to apply

– The application must include:

  • Cover letter with statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV summarizing education, positions and academic work
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: “Apply for this position”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).
When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to applicant’s academic and personal abilities to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Sognsvannsveien 20, 0372 Oslo, Norway


Alexandre Corthay

Research group leader

Oslo University Hospital is a highly specialized hospital in charge of extensive regional and local hospital assignments. As Scandinavia’s largest hospital, we carry out more than 1.2 million patient treatments each year. The hospital has a nationwide responsibility for a number of national and multi-regional assignments, and has several national centers of competence. Oslo University Hospital is responsible for approximately 50 percent of all medical and health care research conducted at Norwegian hospitals, and is a significant role player within the education of a large variety of health care personnel. 

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Post expires on Wednesday August 31st, 2022