Ref. 13-2022 Laboratory Technician specialized in research with animal models (Closed)

The Vall d´Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO) Seeks a “Laboratory Technician specialized in research with animal models


Reference: Ref. 13-2022

Application deadline: 31.03.2022

Number of vacancies: 1


Job description:

The Vall d´Hebron Institute of Oncology´s (VHIO) Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Tumor Group headed by Dr. Teresa Macarulla is recruiting a Laboratory Technician specialized in research with animal models.

Our group focuses on studying and testing hypothesis-based targeted therapies in Gastrointestinal and Endocrine tumors and we are especially committed to applying the potential clinical value of our findings to clinical trials. The successful candidate will form an integral part of the preclinical research team led by Dr. Tian Tian and support the execution of the group’s translational research program.


The selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Generation and maintenance of patient-derived xenografts (PDX) models.
  • Histopathological and genomic characterization of PDX models.
  • Drug administration.
  • Collection and processing of tumors, blood, and tissues of interest.
  • Execution of cell culture tasks to provide support to other members of the group.



To be successful in this application, you will be a very organized, motivated, team-oriented individual, who is highly skilled and experienced in working with animal models either in the academic or private sectors.

  • Must have
    • Previous experience in mouse colony management and manipulation (genotyping, drug administration).
    • Previous experience using histopathological techniques (e.g. IHC/IF).
  • Desirable but not required
    • Previous experience with cancer PDX models.
    • Previous experience in 3D cell culture of tumor cells.
  • Education and training
    • BSc or Technician degrees in the biomedical field.
    • Title for Animal Experimentation that is recognized by the Catalan Government.
  • Languages
    • You must be fluent in oral and written English.
    • You must be fluent in oral and written Catalan or Castellano.


Additional information: 

Working Conditions:

  • Salary will be negotiated according to profile and experience.
  • Start date: Immediate



Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae and letter of intent and the contact information of two references addressed to Dr. Teresa Macarulla and Dr. Tian Tian using the form below or via email to: including the reference “Ref.13-2022” in the subject line of your email.

Review of applications will commence immediately; interviews will be arranged with short-listed candidates.


About VHIO:

Under the leadership of Josep Tabernero, the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), has established itself as a comprehensive cancer center of proven excellence internationally. It is also thanks to VHIO’s optimal organizational structure based on a purely multidisciplinary and translational model that VHIO talents continue to anticipate and tackle the many unresolved questions in combatting this multifaceted and heterogeneous disease.

Located within the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus, our researchers closely collaborate and interact with Vall d’Hebron physician-scientists. Translational science and clinical research are therefore tightly connected which promotes superb interaction and teamwork which, in turn, accelerates the bench-bedside-bed cycle of knowledge. This privileged environment affords VHIO direct access to patients as well as the entire spectrum of oncology professionals who care for them, and a second-to-none appreciation of how cancer science can translate into more powerful, targeted treatments and better practice for the care of patients.

VHIO’s pioneering model and programs, coupled with its belief in combining strengths through cross-border collaborations, continue to spur advances in reversing cancer resistance, halting metastatic spread, and more effectively treating even the most undruggable tumor types.


VHIO’s translation toward precision oncology:

Vall d’Hebron Institute Oncology (VHIO) endorses the Requirements and Principles of the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers promoted by the European Commission and follows Equal Opportunities policies.

On 10th April 2018 VHIO was awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” logo. Our Institute was consequently granted permission to use the HR Excellence in Research Award logo as demonstration of its stimulating and favourable work environment in line with the Charter & Code.

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