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Open PhD and Post-Doc Positions, Short-Term Scientific Missions, Training Schools and other Grant Opportunities

Open PhD & Post-Doc Positions

Looking for a challenging and interesting PhD or post-doc position? Here are the latest young researcher job offers at Mye-Infobank’s partner institutions:

Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSM)

STSM Call - Establishing marker panels for myeloid cells in chronic inflammatory diseases - NOW CLOSED

Host Institution: Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Supervisor/Coordinator: Espen S. Bækkevold

Instructors: Espen S. Bækkevold, Hogne Rød Nilsen, Kjersti Hagen

Timeframe: 20th September to 22nd September 2023

Attendees: On-site: 8-10x WG 2 & 3 members/instructor(s)

Purpose: One main output of WG 3 MYE-DISEASE is to facilitate the transformation of complex molecular data on myeloid cell signatures into biomarker panels employable in clinical diagnostic applications. To this end, immunostainings of tissue antigens offers the possibility to employ such panels in large collections of biosamples across research labs, and are readily compatible with routine pathological examinations.

Based on the initial testing of selected antibodies in the “cell-type-centric” STSMs, we will compile and test 6-plex marker panels on 4-5 tissue types (chronic inflammation and cancer) using immunofluorescence on FFPE-sections.

Tasks: We plan to start from fresh surgical resections (depending on availability) and cover all steps from dissection, fixation, paraffin embedding and sectioning. Sections will then be stained with an automated immunohistochemistry platform (Ventana Discovery) using Opal Fluorophore Reagent Packs (Akoya) for detection, and finally imaged on a PhenoImager (Akoya). Scanned images will be distributed within the Action for processing by interested members.

The workshop will start in the morning (~10 am) Wednesday September 20th with tissue preparation and sectioning (and a dinner + drinks), Thursday 21st (until quite late) will be focusing on the staining procedure, and Friday will finish in the afternoon (~3 pm) with presentations from attendees and a wrap-up.

Selection Criteria: Preferably some prior experience in immunohistochemistry or similar techniques, and some capacities (or ambitions) to implement multiplex immunofluorescence in their home labs.

Expected Outcome: Based on our work during the STSM, we will establish and test protocols for 6-plex immunofluorescence stainings (with 3-4 cell type-specific “backbone markers” and 2-3 “functional markers”) which can be implemented in the Action members labs for scaled analyses of tissue specimens from relevant disease specimens.

Application Deadline: 15th August 2023

Application form and further details


Training Schools and Workshops

Training School for a Technical User Group on ultra-high plex tissue analysis - NOW CLOSED

© iMM Laco, Lisbon, Portugal

Image: © iMM Laco (Lisbon, PT) / Mye-InfoBank

Host Institution: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Hosts: Gianluca Matteoli and Karine Marie Serre

Trainers: Frederik De Smet, Stefan Naulaerts, Kiavash Movahedi, and Thierry Voet/Katy Vandereyken

Venue: Room: SEMINARIELOKAAL HP 2 04.227. Building: Onderwijs en Navorsing, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

Timeframe: 3rd - 4th October 2023

Trainees: 10 on-site (5 senior, 5 junior), ?? virtual

Purpose: We are thrilled to share exciting news regarding the upcoming Multiplexed Imaging Training School (TS), which is shaping up to be an enriching experience! The TS will take place both in-person in Leuven, Belgium, and will offer an online participation option. We have organized the programme to offer a dynamic combination of cutting-edge presentations by field experts, concrete illustrative examples, interactive troubleshooting sessions, as well as collaborative exchanges aimed at shaping the future activities of Mye-InfoBank. Here are two distinct features of our programme that we would like to highlight:

  1. We have allocated dedicated “open slots” to address your questions and help you troubleshoot some specific issues. We encourage COST members to make the most of this opportunity to engage actively with the community. Whether you have questions about image analysis, challenges in your research, or related topics, this space is at your disposal. Students, in particular, are encouraged to contribute. Feel free to send us your topic title, and we will be happy to include you in the programme.
  2. To foster collaboration and integration, we have set aside a morning session to facilitate interactions between WG 1, WG 2, and WG 3 with the multiplexing labs. This is a great opportunity to openly discuss potential TS deliverables, present the 3 x 6 cell type = 18 marker approach, and explore avenues for knowledge sharing, protocol exchange, joint troubleshooting, lab collaborations, and multi-lab strategy tissue analysis. Your input and participation will significantly enrich these discussions.

We genuinely hope that you share our enthusiasm for this unique opportunity. Whether you join us in Leuven or choose to participate online, your presence will contribute to the success of this event. Looking forward to your active engagement and fruitful discussions.

Application Deadline: 30th August 2023