Research positions open in a Marie Curie Research Training Network. “Drugs for therapy” is a Marie Curie Research and Training Network funded by the EC that joins twelve outstanding European research teams with two purposes of equal importance: 1) to provide optimal training facilities in the area of research to early stage researchers and experienced researchers, and 2) the completion of a successful research project. The full name of the research project is: "High Throughput development of drugs for immunotherapy of autoimmune diseases" The aim of the project is the development of novel drugs for immunotherapy of (auto) immune diseases. This requires a multidisciplinary approach. Computational design based on identified lead compounds will have to be followed by rational synthesis of compounds that, subsequently, require rigorous testing in a diverse array of functional assays to assess functionality. In subsequent rounds of improved design, synthesis and testing optimal compounds can be selected for in vivo testing. The research training network brings together experts in these disciplines, ranging from computational modellers, organic chemists immunologists, and cell biologists to experts in in vivo tracing of drugs. The joint tasks are: Identification of drug targets Computational design of drugs Rational design of drugs In vitro testing of drugs In vivo testing of drugs in mouse models For more details on the project visit the website www.drugs-for-therapy.org . Within this network we have 2 positions for 3 years available for early stage researchers (who have less than 4 years' research experience and do not have a PhD) in the laboratories of: Dr. Jacques Neefjes, Netherlands Cancer Institute/AVL, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (email: [email protected]) Dr. George K. Papadopoulos, Epirus Institute of Technology, Arta, Greece. (email: [email protected]) Candidates with master's degrees with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. It is necessary to have a grounding in biochemistry and structure of proteins, and working knowledge of the rudiments of the immune system. In general persons eligible for these positions need to be a national from an EU Member State or an Associated State and not a national of the state of the host organisation. For more details on these criteria see http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/fp6/mariecurieactions/action/training_en.html (handbook) Applications should be via e-mail and directly to the principal researcher in whose laboratory you wish to work.