Research Fellow in Cancer Immunotherapy

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Friday, 13 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Monday, 6 January 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in cancer biology and immunology?   Do you want your research to have a direct impact on the identification of disease mechanisms and the development of new cancer treatments? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will pursue a project funded by the Medical Research Council UK, aimed at identifying the mechanisms underlying the activity of immune checkpoint inhibitors in melanoma brain metastases. The project is based on our recently published study (Taggart et al., 2018, PNAS) and it aims to understand the role of different immune cells in immune checkpoint inhibitor-mediated tumour inhibition in the brain, both at the cellular and molecular level. The project will integrate molecular and efficacy studies in preclinical models of brain metastases as well as in transgenic mouse models, with studies in human brain metastases tissue. The overarching goal is to identify strategies that could potentiate the efficacy of immunotherapy in melanoma brain metastases.

You should have a PhD in biological sciences plus 3-6 years postdoctoral experience, with a strong background in cancer biology and immunology. You will work according to the project timeline to fulfil the requirements of the grant, as well as use your initiative to creatively identify areas for research and extend the research portfolio of the project and group. You will work closely, interactively and collaboratively with project team so you will need excellent communication skills.

This post is based within the School of Medicine in the Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St. James’s (LIMR). The post is located in the Wellcome Trust Brenner building at St. James’s University Hospital.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Mihaela Lorger, Lecturer, Brain Metastasis Research Group

Tel: +44 (0)113 2066511, Email:

Further Information

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Medicine holds the Gold award.  We are committed to being an inclusive medical school that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.

Location:      Leeds - St James University Hospital
Faculty/Service:      Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:      Leeds Institute of Medical Research (LIMR)
Section:      Molecular Medicine
Category:      Research
Grade:      Grade 7
Salary:      £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type:      Full Time
Contract Type:      Fixed Term (until 30 September 2022 - fixed funding)
Closing Date:      Monday 06 January 2020
Downloads: Candidate Brief