University of Luxembourg

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in the field of RAS cancer drug development (M/F)

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research university. There is a vacancy in the Cancer Cell Biology and Drug Discovery Group of Prof. Dr. Daniel Abankwa at the Department of Life Sciences and Medicine, Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine:

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in the field of RAS cancer drug development (M/F)

The PhD student will work in the Cancer Cell Biology and Drug Discovery group under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Daniel Abankwa. The group focuses on understanding how the notorious oncogene RAS drives cancer cell stemness and on drug targeting RAS (

The particular aim of this project is to develop a protein-protein interaction inhibiting peptidomimetic against a novel target interface in the RAS pathway. Moreover, we will be looking for competitive or allosteric small molecule inhibitors with a similar activity. The project will be carried out in tight collaboration with Prof. Tom Grossmann (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), an expert in peptidomimetics.

We will employ a broad spectrum of techniques, including biochemistry

Your Role

  • Conduct self-driven experimental research in the area of RAS cancer drug development
  • Dissemination of scientific results (research articles, conference contributions etc.)
  • Participation in the doctoral programme in Systems and Molecular Biomedicine
  • Opportunity to contribute to teaching

Your Profile

  • Master’s degree related to life sciences or chemistry (e.g. biochemistry)
  • Strong background in (bio)chemistry, chemical biology or structural biology
  • Curious, attention to detail, persistence and excellent organizational skills
  • Full professional command of English

We offer

  • Strong scientific training as a research professional in translational cancer research
  • International, emergent research environment on the brand new Belval campus

Further Information

Candidates should submit the following documents:

Motivation letter (1 short paragraph, see below)
Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages, highlighting any outstanding achievements)
List of publications and manuscripts in preparation (if applicable)
Copies of all degree certificates, as far as available
Contact details of at least 3 referees
The motivation letter needs to contain short statements on: 1) self-assessment of academic achievements, e.g. top 10-20% in the country; 2) rating of your aptitude and skills in (bio)chemistry and molecular biology. The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send your application as one merged PDF, AND via the online submission link by 15/05/2020. For further information, please contact Prof. Daniel Abankwa (

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