Research Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Oncology

We have a postdoctoral position available in the laboratory of Dr Daniel Munoz-Espin in the Department of Oncology at the University of Cambridge to develop novel tools for cancer diagnosis and therapy. This post is funded by the Cambridge Cancer Centre.

We seek an individual to implement the use of nanoparticles and different nanomaterials able to target premalignant cells and also tumours that remain post-therapy, with a focus on (but not restricted to) lung cancer.

Candidates must have a PhD in the biological, biochemical or biomedical sciences, relevant research experience working in translational research, cancer models, human samples, tissue culture, confocal microscopy, imaging techniques and/or nanodevices. Candidates must have at least one first-author research article accepted for publication in a major peer-reviewed journal. International experience will be valued positively.

The overarching goal of the Munoz-Espin lab's research program is the development of new methods of diagnosis to detect early cancers and preclinical studies to evaluate novel preventative and therapeutic interventions. An innovative strategy based on nanodevices will be validated primarily in models of lung cancer, but it is expected to be extrapolated to other malignant or pre-malignant lesions.

In particular, the main aims of the programme are:

  • To develop novel tools for detection of premalignant cells by loading nanoparticles with tracers (including fluorophores, contrast agents and/or radioisotopes);
  • To develop new therapeutic interventions to eliminate premalignant tumours (preventing early progression) and to eradicate those that remain post/therapy (avoiding recurrence) by loading nanoparticles with cytotoxic drugs (including chemotherapeutic compounds and/or pro-apoptotic agents);
  • To improve chemotherapy treatment outcomes reducing side effects by implementing a cancer targeted therapy based on nanomaterials.

This project is endowed with important potential applications in global health. Should the proposed stages be successfully completed early-phase clinical trials will be initiated.

Informal enquiries are welcomed, and should be directed to Dr Munoz-Espin at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The interview date is to be confirmed.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RD10141 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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