Asociación Anita

Postdoctoral Researcher

Anita Assotiation

Barcelona, Spain

Asociación Anita in collaboration with Fundació Sant Joan de Déu (Barcelona, Spain) and the Amatruda Lab at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (California, USA) is looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to join our research team.
The available position will focus on identifying the cellular and molecular mechanisms leading to resistance of Germ cell tumors in children.
The position is fully funded for 6 years: the first 3 years of the project will take place at the Amatruda Lab in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to study the mechanisms of resistance of Germ cell tumors in children. The following 3 years will take place in Barcelona as an independent investigator at he Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu (IRSJD) to continue the line of research on germ cell tumors.

The Amatruda laboratory at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in California is part of the University of Southern California (UCS) and focuses on pediatric solid tumors, with special focus on germ cell tumors. The work integrates animal models such as zebrafish and mouse genetic models, in vitro work, small-molecule screenings and high-resolution genomic studies of these cancers.

The Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu addresses research from the standpoint of the human development life cycle, directing research activity towards biological and psychological problems related to pediatric diseases and adult health problems which can originate and develop in childhood. The Institute was awarded with the “HR Excellence in Research” distinction by the European Commission in 2018.

Asociación Anita is a non-for-profit charity association created in 2014 with the objective to fund scientific research on germ cell tumors. Through multitude of charity events during the past years the association has already raised enough money to fully fund this 6 years project. (

Any national, foreign and stateless candidate holding a PhD degree in Life Sciences.

Essential skills and qualifications:
PhD in Biology, Biotechnology, Medicine or similar.
Ability to work independently on a research project.
Research experience, ideally in cancer animal models and/or organoids.
Good capacity for team work, critical and communication skills.
Willing to collaborate with clinicians.
Publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Fluency in English.
Willing to move to USA for 3 years and then relocate to Barcelona, Spain, for 3 more years.
Commitment to pursue a research career in the field of germ cell tumors.

Additional desirable skills and qualifications:
Experience in any of the following areas will be beneficial to the application: biological imaging techniques (i.e. confocal imaging, light sheet microscopy), genetic engineering techniques or genomic data analysis.

Full-time employment contract of fixed term (expected minimum of 6 years)
Competitive remuneration package commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience (minimum salary in line with Horizon 2020 MSCA guidelines)
Full immersion into a research excellence ecosystem with highly motivated researchers, supported by state-of-the-art technology.
Continuous development opportunities.


Please send cover letter and CV to the Human Resources department of the Fundació Sant Joan de Deu ( indicating the following reference: Postdoc Dr. Jaume Mora.

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Postdoctoral Researcher