Section, Unit and Group Leaders

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Director for the Molecular Oncology Programme

Reference: MOPDIR17

Applications: Applicants should send their applications by e-mail to, clearly quoting the Reference: MOPDIR17 in the subject line of the e-mail. Applications and resumes without a reference will not be considered.

José Lorenzo Pérez
917 328 000


The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) is one of the top leading cancer research institutes in Europe, hosting world-renowned scientists that have made significant contributions in both basic and translational aspects of cancer biology. The CNIO Research Groups are organized in several thematic programmes, including a Molecular Oncology Programme, which at present consists of 10 Groups covering some of the most active areas of research in the study of the molecular basis of cancer. These areas include, among others, DNA and chromosome stability, oncogenes and cell cycle kinases, DNA replication, mitosis and cell division, tumour suppression, senescence, autophagy, metastasis and cancer metabolism.
We are seeking for a highly motivated world leading scientist with a strong research background to lead and coordinate the Molecular Oncology Programme. The Programme Director will be responsible for:
- Setting up and developing research priorities within the Programme, including the coordination of the existing Research Groups, the recruitment of new talent, and the investment in the strategic research goals of the Programme, working closely with the CNIO Director and Vice-Director.
- He/she will also have a critical role in fostering and coordinating educational/training activities within the Programme.
- The Programme Director will also set up and lead a Research Group at the CNIO to pursue his/her own research interests in any aspect of cancer research aligned with the strategic goals of the Programme.
- Represent the Programme in the CNIO Programme Directors Committee and any other internal committee, as well as in internal or external meetings, as necessary.

Selection criteria

Applicants should hold a PhD degree in life sciences (biology, chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, or similar). Requisites for the position include:
- More than 10 years’ experience in scientific research in the oncology field as an independent Group Leader.
- Outstanding publication record in peer-reviewed international journals, including relevant contributions in high impact factor journals.
- Demonstrated track record in obtaining funding through national and international competitive calls.
- National and international leadership in scientific research in oncology.
- Experience in the supervision of students (PhD, MSc) and staff in training.
- Excellent leadership and management skills.
- Ability to communicate and establish effective collaborations with other researchers and institutions.
- Fluent spoken and written English.
- Relevant activities in innovation and in the transference of results to the productive sector will be valued, as well as previous experience in science management roles, such as department chair, panel membership of national or international funding agencies, participation in scientific advisory boards and alike.

The CNIO offers

- The opportunity to be part of an internationally renowned research Centre.
- An excellent working, multidisciplinary environment.
- Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.


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