As a young and growing lab we are actively looking for people to join us at every level. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in our research, or have questions about the positions advertised below.


Ambitious postdoc candidates with an interest in RNA biology, RNA modifications, or epigenetics are always welcome to contact us, whether we have a specific project announced or not.


We also have open projects for MSc theses (ideally one semester/30 ECTS) and undergraduate research projects.

NEW!!!!!: PhD-student position in RNA modifications and breast cancer within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie action by the Framework Programme of the European Union for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.

Project description:

One PhD position is available for a highly motivated and creative student who wishes to study the role of RNA modifications in breast cancer metastasis under the supervision of Assistant Professor Francesca Aguilo. RNA modifications can respond rapidly to a variety of stimuli, particularly stress, without the need for activation of new time-consuming transcriptional programs. During tumorigenesis, proliferating cancer cells encounter various cellular stresses, and the adaptation to such stresses is an important driver of cancer cell survival. The applicant will combine genetic, biochemical, biological and genome-wide approaches to decipher how altered patterns of RNA modifications contribute to metastatic breast cancer. 2D and 3D cell culture models, patient samples, as well as mouse orthotopic transplantation will be used to study the central RNA-based regulatory circuitry in breast tumorigenesis. In addition to their individual scientific projects, the successful candidate will benefit from further continuing education, which includes research visits in collaborating research groups in Lausanne (Switzerland) and in Trento (Italy), a variety of training modules, as well as courses on transferable skills, and active participation in workshops and conferences.


Applicants must hold a University degree of at least 240 credits (ECTS), including 60 credits at advanced level, or equivalent levels of education otherwise acquired in Sweden or abroad.

In addition, the applicant should have gained basic theoretical knowledge in molecular and cell biology, and have good experience of laboratory work, method development, and different biochemical methods of analysis. Practical experience of cell culture and work with mouse models is a merit. The ideal candidate should be able to pursue challenging tasks, solve problems and achieve objectives, and do so in intense collaboration and communication with other researchers. 

Specific admission requirements: 

The applicant must be skilled in both oral and written communication in English, and this is evaluated by a presentation of the research plan in English for the supervisor and the postgraduate studies board of the department. 

Candidates must demonstrate eligibility according to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions eligibility requirements as follows: 

  1. Researcher status: ESRs are young researchers who, at the date of recruitment (the starting date indicated in the contract), are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. 

  2. Nationality: Applicant ESRs can be of any nationality. 

  3. Mobility requirements: Applicant ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment (Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account). 


Additional information about the position:


For additional information about the position, please contact assistant professor, Francesca Aguilo via e-mail


Application process:

The application should include:

  1.  A cover letter with description of the applicant’s research experience, research interests and motivation for the application.

  2. Curriculum vitae.

  3. Copy of relevant degrees with certifications.

  4. Copies of Bachelor/Master thesis work and relevant publications.

  5. Contact information for two reference persons.


Recruitment process information:

Eligible applications will be forwarded to the relevant partners in charge of each project and each partner will shortlist their applicants. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a interview with the ROPES team in May. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by end of May 2021. Successful applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (three aspects: respect ESR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency). The formal enrolment of the successful applicant as a PhD student will be taken by the Host Institution. The selected ESRs are expected to start 1st September 2021.