PhD Position Opening

A 4-year funded PhD position in childhood cancer research 

Systems Biology Ireland (SBI) is seeking a highly enthusiastic PhD student to conduct research in neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer as part of the Precision Oncology Ireland initiative. 

Neuroblastoma is one of the deadliest childhood cancers. One of the key drivers of the aggressive forms of this disease is MYCN. The prospective candidate will focus on investigating the role of MYCN amplification in the pathogenesis of neuroblastoma and validate new drug targets through global omics approaches for the therapy of high-risk MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma. The student will gain valuable knowledge in the analysis of signal transduction networks in neuroblastoma, network biology, omics techniques, and standard methods used in cell and molecular biology. The student will be enrolled in a structured PhD programme in the UCD School of Medicine which includes some taught elements and transferrable skills training providing an excellent foundation for a research career in academia or industry. 

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Location: Systems Biology Ireland, UCD School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
Supervisor: Dr Melinda Halasz, Prof. Walter Kolch
Applicant Requirements: We are seeking a highly enthusiastic PhD candidate with the ability to independently plan and conduct the research project while integrating into an interdisciplinary research environment. Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field. Excellent written, oral communication skills and a high level of competence in the English language are essential. (See UCD’s policy on minimum English language requirements here.

Stipends & fees: The successful candidate will receive a stipend of €18,500 per annum. €5,500 will be made available towards registration fees per annum. The position is funded for four years, and subject to satisfactory progress. 
Closing date: 17:00hrs (local Irish time), 31 July 2020

To Apply, please send a cover letter and CV via email to