Postdoctoral Researcher (Translational Breast Cancer Research)

Dublin City University
July 15 2015
Position Type
Full Time
The Irish Cancer Society-funded BREAST-PREDICT Collaborative Cancer Research Centre ( brings together the expertise and support of 6 academic institutions across Ireland (UCD, TCD, RCSI, DCU, NUIG and UCC) and a nationwide clinical trials group (ICORG) in the areas of population-based, translational and clinical cancer research. This country-wide centre, which is supported to the level of €7.5 million by the Irish Cancer Society, was set up in October 2013, and will run for a period of five years.

The main focus of the centre is to harness patient information and clinical data on a national level, in order to determine how to treat individual breast cancer patients according to the particular characteristics of their cancer. The programme will also include testing new treatment strategies, either by more accurately pinpointing those patients who will respond well to a particular drug, or by identifying new combinations of drugs. We will also develop new tools for improved prediction of patient outcome and response to treatment.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to his/her Principal Investigator the Postdoctoral Researcher will:

• Conduct a specified programme of translational cancer research under the supervision and direction of the Principal Investigators

• Assist in identifying and developing future research and funding initiatives

• Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which he/she is engaged with the support of and under the supervision of the Principal Investigators

• Supervise and assist more junior researchers working in this area with their research

• Engage in appropriate training and development opportunities as required by the Principal Investigators, the Research Centre or related School(s), or the University

• Engage in teaching and teaching support as assigned by a relevant Head of School under the direction of the Principal Investigators

• Liaise with both internal and external stakeholders including industry and academic partners/collaborators

• Carry out administrative work associated with the programme of research as necessary.

Minimum Criteria

Applicants should have a PhD in Cancer Biology with specific expertise in cell culture, protein analysis, molecular biology, interrogation of cell signalling and functional validation of target genes. In addition, it is desirable that applicants have experience in preclinical evaluation of drugs in vitro and in vivo. Evidence of excellent scientific communication skills (both written and oral) is highly desirable.

Please see our website for further information and how to apply:

Application forms are available from the DCU Current Vacancies (Open Competitions) website at

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