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Principal Investigator (m/f/d) in Cancer Cell Biology

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Cancer Cell Biology / Solid Tumors


We are looking for a Principal Investigator (m/f/d) in Cancer Cell Biology/Solid Tumors to establish a competitive independent research group embedded in the multidisciplinary and collaborative environment of the CCRI, which provides many opportunities for interaction with other research groups and institutions. Specific areas of interest include (but are not limited to) organoids/canceroids, cancer precision medicine, cancer genomics and metabolism, tumor microenvironment, cancer signalling pathways and stem cells.
As a Principal Investigator at the CCRI, you strengthen our excellent research team, which focuses on the development and research of innovative approaches for the treatment of childhood cancer. This position offers a unique opportunity to actively contribute to a multidisciplinary competence center for pediatric oncology.


As a Principal Investigator, you will

  • Lead a competitive independent research group
  • Develop and extend your ambitious scientific ideas and perform innovative medically-inspired research
  • Use state-of-the-art approaches to tackle current challenges in pediatric cancer research
  • Participate actively and further develop our processes of selecting excellent postdoctoral fellows and PhD candidates, teaching activities and supervising junior staff
  • Participate in regular institute meetings and our weekly scientific seminars
  • Apply for competitive third party funding
  • Cooperate closely with institutes in close proximity, jointly constituting the biomedical research hub of Vienna
  • Maintain a close cooperation between our research institute and the St. Anna Children’s hospital

Your profile

  • PhD-level (or equivalent) with postdoctoral research experience and a track record of scientific excellence documented by publication and funding track records
  • Scientific excellence of an independent research program in the area of cancer cell biology with a potential for clinical translation
  • Enthusiastic about developing your ambitious ideas and perform innovative medically-inspired independent research
  • Proactive team player who enjoys working across disciplines and within an international team of excellent scientists
  • Excellent management skills, high social competence and organizational skills

Our offer

  • Initial five-year contract with the perspective of extension and assessment for tenure
  • Opportunity to become part of the CCRI faculty, lively scientific exchange and collaborations, and access to a broad national and international network of scientific and clinical collaborations
  • Competitive startup package including a fully equipped laboratory, your Principal Investigator salary, a budget for consumables, facility services in-house and through our collaborating institutes within Vienna, and travel
  • Access to a state-of-the-art infrastructure environment
  • Support in formulating your most competitive grant ideas (including ERC), and securing additional renowned national and international third-party funding
  • A meaningful, inspiring, and international environment in an outstanding working atmosphere
  • Flexible working hours, healthy discounted lunch opportunities and other benefits
  • Great location in the center of Vienna, a capital of biomedical research in Europe with excellent quality of life
  • Help with relocation and support in setting up familial infrastructure (e.g. childcare)

Who we are

The St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute (CCRI), located in the center of Vienna, the world’s most livable city and one of Europe’s most important places for biomedical research and life sciences, is an international and multidisciplinary competence center striving to improve treatment of children and adolescents with cancer by connecting translational and clinical research with open-minded exploration of basic disease mechanisms. Through close cooperation between clinic and research, the CCRI provides an ideal environment for cutting-edge research and its translation into clinical practice. To achieve our ultimate goal of advancing the well-being of patients, the CCRI constantly pushes scientific boundaries and strongly promotes close collaboration and exchange with external institutions like the Medical University of Vienna, CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) and the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP).

The CCRI is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to providing a work environment of mutual respect to everyone without regard to ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender identity or expression, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

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Your application

We are looking forward to your application! The application deadline ends on 24th of January 2022. Applications should contain the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including full publication list)
  • List of up to five most important publications with a short comment explaining the relevance of the paper and your contribution
  • Funding track record and /or funding plan
  • Names and contact details of at least three references
  • Synopsis of your research interests and planned research program including how you and CCRI could mutually profit from each other