University of Basel

Ph.D Opportunity – Neuroimmunology/Cancer Immunology

2024-07-20 (Europe/Zurich)
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The Dixon Lab at University of Basel is seeking a highly motivated Ph.D. student to study neuroimmune interactions in cancer. The role of intra-tumoral neurons is complex and still not fully understood. While some studies suggest they play a critical role in tumor progression and metastasis, others report that they may contribute to anti-tumor immunity. Our lab is dedicated to understanding the innervation landscape of peripheral tumors and its role in immuno-oncology.
We are particularly interested in candidates who have previously worked on cellular and molecular networks underlying tissue health and disease. Our goal is to conduct impactful interdisciplinary research interfacing tumor biology, immunology, and neuroscience to investigate the role of neurons in regulating tumor immunity.
Candidates will be expected to take the lead role in their projects, publish manuscripts as the first author, and present their projects and data at lab meetings, as well as international meetings. We are looking for someone who is excited to discover and answer questions related to neuroimmunology, and who demonstrates critical thinking, scientific rigor, and attention to detail.
• Background in neuroscience, immunology, oncology, or a related field
• Strong motivation to conduct independent experiments, including planning, analysis and interpretation.
• Experience in neurobiology, cellular or molecular biology.
• Experience with flow cytometry, and confocal microscopy analysis.
• Strong analytical skills and ability to work independently.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Commitment to teamwork and collaboration.
We are seeking an individual excited and motivated to study neuroimmunology in cancer. The successful candidate would join a dynamic team of international researchers with an interest in collaborating and helping each other. Mentorship and career development are critical aspects of our overall mission. Abundant one-on-one time and the support required for successful completion of projects are the foremost priorities of the lab. Close collaboration with neighboring neuroscience, oncology, immunology, and cancer immunology labs ensures a large, dynamic, and vibrant scientific network. Additionally, mentorship on the transition into subsequent career stages will be provided.
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Applications can be submitted directly to Prof. Dr. Karen Dixon ( and should include a curriculum vitae, motivation letter, university transcripts, abstract of MSc thesis and contact details for 2 individuals who can provide recommendation letters upon request.

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Ph.D Opportunity – Neuroimmunology/Cancer Immunology
Petersplatz 1 Basel, Switzerland
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2024-07-20 23:59 (Europe/Zurich)
2024-07-20 23:59 (CET)
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