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The Childhood Liver Oncology Group is a young and motivated team committed to elucidate the molecular clues of childhood liver cancer and offer new therapeutic strategies based on molecular findings.

We are seeking for a PhD candidate to work in the context of two H2020 projects, ChiLTERN and iPC, and one international clinical trial PHITT (Paediatric Hepatic International Tumour Trial, NCT03017326). The candidate will continue the main research line of the group focused on delving into molecular knowledge of the underlying mechanisms responsible of hepatocarcinogenesis and tumour progression with the latest proteomic technologies in order to identify and validate diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers and test new therapeutic targets in pre-clinical models for improving the clinical management and treatment of children suffering of liver cancer. The main objectives of this thesis are: (1) to set-up a platform of pre-clinical models of liver cancer (organoids and PDX obtained from human pediatric liver cancer specimens) and use them to test new drugs based on molecular findings. The final aim of this research is to provide the rational molecular basis for new therapeutic interventions, especially for those children with aggressive tumors, resistant to current therapeutic strategies.

We look for a highly motivated candidate who wishes to advance his/her scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment within the field of translational cancer research.


The applicant must have the following qualifications:

  • Completed studies that lead to an official university degree of the European Higher Education Area or another university degree that gives access to doctoral studies.
  • Good qualifications and experience in research.
  • To be in the first four years of their research careers and not have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Candidates must not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.
  • Demonstrable level of English (B2 or higher).


The specific tasks for this post will be:

  • To set-up a platform of pre-clinical models of liver cancer (organoids and PDX obtained from human pediatric liver cancer specimens).
  • Use them to test new drugs based on molecular findings.


The doctoral fellowship programme INPhINIT "la Caixa" is devoted to attracting talented Early-Stage Researchers-of any nationality-who wish to pursue doctoral studies in the Spanish and Portuguese territories. Sponsored by "la Caixa" Foundation, it is aimed at supporting the best scientific talent and fostering innovative and high-quality research in Spain and Portugal by recruiting outstanding international students and offering them an attractive and competitive environment for conducting research of excellence.

The doctoral INPhINIT fellowships offer a highly competitive salary and complementary opportunities for training on transferrable skills, temporary stays in industry, incentives upon completion of the thesis, among other elements that make these fellowships some of the most attractive and complete in Europe.

The IGTP will take part in the programme offering 10 PhD positions. Find your PhD position with detailed information (Select "IGTP- Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute").


Programme rules

If you have any further questions, or if there are particular issues you'd like to discuss regarding your potential candidacy, please contact with the projects department fundacioigtp(ELIMINAR)

For details of the grant, applications and selection criteria process, and other general questions, please visit the INPhINIT programme website.


The selection process is performed by the "la Caixa" Foundation where the candidates should apply. Subsequently, the selected candidates propose the Centre and PhD position they wish to take up.