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Doctoral position in Medical Science
Project title: Predicting treatment response in breast cancer
The Department of Oncology, is located at the Institute of Clinical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
General information about being a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg can be found on the university's doctoral student pages https: // medarbetarportalen.gu.se/doktorand/?languageId=100001&skipSSOCheck=true
The PhD education in Medical Science comprises carrying out a scientific project and completing at least 30 credits of courses at third-cycle level. The doctoral student must also write a scientific compilation thesis or monograph corresponding to at least 120 credits. For more information about third-cycle studies at Sahlgrenska Academy, see https: // www. gu.se/en/sahlgrenska-akademin/doctoral-studies
Project: The efficacy of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and adjuvant radiotherapy varies considerably between breast cancer patients. Much research is underway to identify patients with subgroups of tumors that are either refractory to treatment or where the risk of recurrence is so low that it is reasonable to forgo adjuvant treatments. Development of new and more specific predictive biomarkers will enable further individualization of breast cancer therapies.
This doctoral project aims to investigate breast density as a predictor of treatment response in breast cancer and explore the relationship between mammographic breast density and immunological and stromal factors and how these interact to predict treatment response. The PhD student will conduct a retrospective cohort study and also study a long-term follow-up randomized trial. The specific objectives are 1) to evaluate the predictive role of immunologic factors and mammographic density for response to neoadjuvant systemic therapy; 2) to study mammographic density as a predictor of recurrence after breast-conserving surgery and radiotherapy in a randomized trial; 3) to study the relationship between mammographic density and cancer- associated fibroblasts and how these interact in treatment response.
Education at third-cycle level comprises four years of full-time study, and leads to a doctoral degree. As part of your employment as a doctoral student, you may have departmental duties corresponding to up to 20 % of full-time employment, distributed throughout your study period. Departmental duties usually consist of teaching at first- and second-cycle levels, but may also include research and administration.
Education at third-cycle level requires general eligibility and specific eligibility as set out in the general syllabus for the subject.
The general eligibility requirements for education at third-cycle level are: 1. having completed a degree at second-cycle level, or 2. the fulfilment of course requirements totalling at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or 3. the acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad.
Specific entry requirements for this subject, according to the general syllabus, are: having completed the English B/6 course or is considered to have acquired equivalent knowledge through previous studies.
The selection of applicants who are considered to have the ability required to benefit from the study programme and who meet the general and specific eligibility requirements are assessed based on the following documented qualifications: - specific knowledge and skills within the subject area and related research fields - experience of scientific theory and relevant research methodology - scientific analysis and presentation verified through thesis, degree project, scientific journals or the like.
Documented experience in reviewing breast density on mammography images as well as experience in medical record reviews to interpret medical outcomes are meritorious. Furthermore, knowledge of Swedish to interpret journal follow-ups and documented experience of working with statistical outcome analyses is desirable.
Once you have been admitted for education at third-cycle level, you will be employed as a doctoral student at the University of Gothenburg. The provisions for employment as a doctoral student can be found in ordinance SFS 1993:100. Initial employment as a doctoral student may apply for a maximum of one year, and may be renewed by a maximum of two years at a time. A doctoral student may be employed as a doctoral student for a maximum of eight years, but the total period of employment may not be longer than the equivalent of full-time education at third-cycle level for four years.
Location: Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Oncology. Extent: 100%. First day of employment: as agreed.
The University applies a local agreement on salaries for doctoral students.
For more information about the project please contact:
Principal supervisor Per Karlsson, Professor, Institute of Clinical Sciences, e-mail: [email protected]
Assistant supervisor Khalil Helou, Associate Professor, Institute of Clinical Sciences, e-mail: [email protected]
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You can apply to be admitted for education at third-cycle level via the University of Gothenburg's recruitment portal. It is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete as per the vacancy notice, and that the University receives it by the final application deadline.
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