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Peptides for specific targeting of vascular lesions in venous malformation (VM), lymphatic malformation (LM) and arteriovenous malformation (AVM)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, May 01, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

You will work on a research project with the following objectives:
• Identify novel peptides for specific targeting of lesions in mouse models of VM, LM and AVM using in vivo phage display in vitro and in vivo.
• Characterise the binding properties of the identified peptides in mice during normal development and formation of vascular malformations and in tissue sections of human VM/LM/AVM
• Identify and functionally characterise the target proteins.
• Utilise the identified peptides as lesion-specific probes for detection and delivery of (cytotoxic) agents.
You will also take part in the international training programme of the network and participate in various networking and outreach events.
You will enrol in a PhD programme at Karolinska Institute.


We are looking for a motivated student with a strong commitment to basic and/or translational research, who:
• is eligible for MSCA-ETN funding, see Funding Notes.
• has a degree in biology, molecular/cell biology, biomedical sciences or related disciplines
• is a team player with good communication skills

Appointment terms

The successful candidate will receive an attractive salary in accordance with MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The period of employment is 3 years. Starting date: June – October 2019.

How to apply

– Make sure you meet the qualifying requirements.
– Submit your application to: , mentioning ‘application for ESR3’ in the subject line. Please send one pdf file containing:
• A motivation letter describing your research career goals, skills and experience (cover letter)
• Curriculum vitae
• Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English or with a translation into English)
• Two letters of recommendation or the contact information for at least 2 referees.

Deadline for submitting applications: 1 May 2019

More information

Please visit for more information on the project, the recruitment and selection criteria. Specific questions about the position can be addressed to by e-mail.

Funding Notes

To be eligible for this H2020-MSCA-ITN funded PhD student position, you must:
– not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. 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, and
– At the date of recruitment (=first day of employment), be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

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