The Oxford Branch studies signaling pathways that influence cancer initiation and progression, with a focus on infection, inflammation and cancer epigenetics. We aim to advance cancer prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatment.


Ludwig Oxford approaches the problems of cancer biology from several different angles. Our research program explores cancer susceptibility, initiation, progression, metastasis and resistance to therapy, and includes technical expertise essential to the development of novel clinical and research technologies—such as computational modeling and chemical biology. Over all, our specific areas of interest include the study of tumor heterogeneity and the regulation of gene expression, reflecting our interests in genetics, epigenetics, the tumor microenvironment, cell signaling and gene expression. Our branch has recently launched a multidisciplinary research program focused on upper gastrointestinal cancers, with the aim of developing novel approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating such malignancies. Our laboratories are housed in the Old Road Campus Research Building, and we are affiliated with the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford.


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Postdoctoral Scientist in Hypoxia Biology
Deadline: July 22, 2020
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Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 per annum with discretionary range to £44,045

Applicants are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Scientist in Hypoxia Biology to work on the biology of syndromic kidney cancer within the Oxford Hypoxia Biology Laboratory led by Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe, which is part of the Oxford Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

You will join a team that is investigating familial kidney cancer syndromes; in particular von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease and hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cancer (HLRCC), which are caused by mutations in the von Hippel-Lindau ubiquitin E3 ligase (pVHL) and Krebs Cycle enzyme fumarate hydratase (FH), respectively.

You will have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline with experience in molecular and cellular biology. The work is problem orientated and will encompass a range of techniques as scientifically appropriate, including the development, validation and analysis of cellular and animal models and the study of human material. Specific training and experience will be provided in both in situ analyses of tissue and in single-cell genomic analyses.

Applications must be made online by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 22nd July 2020.

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Group Leader in Cancer Epigenetics
Deadline: September 1, 2020
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Expression of interest

 Ludwig Cancer Research at the University of Oxford is seeking a highly motivated individual with demonstrated potential for research creativity and excellence for a Group Leader position in cancer epigenetics at Assistant or Associate Professor level. Candidates will have a PhD and/or M.D., a scientific background in epigenetics and a proven track record of excellence in the form of high impact publications.

We strongly encourage applications from all candidates with the appropriate experience and research profile.  A research area of particular interest is epigenetics in the immune system and interactions with metabolism in the context of cancer biology and potential connections to translational medicine, and we would welcome applications from candidates in this field.

Group leader positions benefit from a competitive start-up package including:

  • Group leader salary and, dependent on seniority, salaries to support up to 5 research posts (including PhD students).
  • Small equipment and consumables budgets and access to the branch large equipment budget.
  • Excellent space and state of the art facilities at the University of Oxford, Old Road Campus.
  • A vibrant and interactive research community that offers opportunities for collaboration with both basic and translational investigators.

 The successful applicant will develop a strong and ambitious research program and obtain substantial external funding to enhance their research output.

To state your interest in Group Leader positions within the Ludwig Institute Oxford branch please send a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests (containing 1 page of research accomplishments to date and 2-3 pages of future research proposal), and contact information (name, address, phone, email) for three references to: eoi@ludwig.ox.ac.uk by 1st September 2020.

The University of Oxford is an equal opportunities employer that recognises the demands of work/life balance and actively supports a family friendly working environment.

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