Asgard Therapeutics AB, Lund, Sweden

Asgard Therapeutics is a spin-off from Lund University, Sweden, aiming to advance cancer immunotherapies by harnessing direct cell fate reprogramming technologies. Our lead program, AT-108, is a adenovirus-based gene therapy that reprograms cancer cells into antigen-presenting dendritic cells, unleashing the immune system against cancer. Asgard is expanding its multidisciplinary team that understands the value and opportunities of working in a startup based in a unique platform technology. We are looking for candidate who are creative and passionate about making a contribution to the cancer immunotherapy field and improve patients’ lives.

Position overview

We are seeking a highly enthusiastic and innovative Scientist/Senior Scientist searching for an opportunity to help building an early-stage company and contribute to the development of next generation cancer immunotherapies.
The successful candidate should have the ability to design experiments autonomously, analyze complex data, troubleshoot technical issues, and supervise junior staff. Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are required. Experimental rigor, scientific curiosity and ability to work in a fast-paced environment, adapting to evolving priorities are musts. The position will be lab-based and research activities will be performed in collaboration with the Cell Reprogramming in Hematopoiesis and Immunity Lab at Lund University (


Scientist/Senior Scientist with background in RNA biology and therapeutics to develop non-viral vectors for in vivo cDC1 reprogramming. The candidate will test RNA-based platforms to deliver reprogramming factors and explore potential optimizations to the vector. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record in RNA-based therapeutics, preferentially applied in vivo or in situ, as well as a broad understanding of immunotherapies and their applications to cancer treatment.


  • Drive innovative research on in vivo non-viral direct reprogramming modalities, with particular focus on dendritic cell reprogramming and tumor targeting.
  • Design and generate novel RNA-based vectors that encode reprogramming factors.
  • Optimize design, sequences and production of RNA for enhanced efficacy, stability and safety.
  • Develop functional and analytical methods to characterize RNA-based vectors.
  • Design, plan, and execute scientific experiments autonomously to complete program and company goals within designated timelines.
  • Collect and document primary data to maintain up to date records.
  • Analyze, summarize data in reports and communicate outputs to Asgard’s R&D and executive leadership team.


  • PhD in molecular or cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry or related discipline, with 2-5 years of post-graduation experience in academic or industrial environment. Applicants within 2-years after completing their PhD studies are encouraged to apply.
  • In-depth expertise in RNA biology and development of RNA-based gene therapy vectors, molecular cloning and vector production. Experience with RNA encapsulation in nanoparticles and in vivo delivery is a plus.
  • Experience with general in vitro cell culture techniques, including culture of cell lines and primary cells.
  • Experience in the development and application of tumor biology-related in vitro assays, including multi-color flow cytometry for immune profiling, FACS, T-cell cytotoxicity assays, complex cell-based functional assays (such as antigen presentation and cancer cell cytotoxicity).
  • Previous experience in in vivo/in situ gene therapy is desirable. Experience in cell reprogramming is a plus.


  • Zimmermannova O, Ferreira A, Ascic E, Santiago M, Kurochkin I, Hansen M, Met Ö, Inês Caiado I, Shapiro I, Michaux J, Humbert M, Soto-Cabrera D, Benonisson H, Silvério- Alves R, Gomez-Jimenez D, Bernardo C, Bauden M, Andersson R, Höglund M, Miharada K, Nakamura Y, Hugues S, Greiff L, Lindstedt M, Rosa F, Pires C, Bassani-Sternberg M, Svane I, Pereira CF. Restoring Tumor Immunogenicity with Dendritic Cell Reprogramming. Science Immunology 8, eadd4817 (2023).
  • Rosa FF, Pires CF, Kurochkin I, Halitzki E, Zahan T, Arh N, Zimmermannová O, Ferreira AG, Li H, Karlsson S, Scheding S, Pereira CF. Single-cell transcriptional profiling informs efficient reprogramming of human somatic cells to cross-presenting dendritic cells. Sci Immunol. 2022 Mar 4;7(69):eabg5539.
  • Zimmermannova O, Caiado I, Ferreira AG and Pereira C-F (2021) Cell Fate Reprogramming in the Era of Cancer Immunotherapy. Immunol. 12:714822. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2021.714822
  • Pires CF, Rosa FF, Kurochkin I and Pereira C-F (2019) Understanding and Modulating Immunity With Cell Reprogramming. Front. Immunol. 10:2809. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2019.02809.
  • Rosa FF, Pires CF, Kurochkin I, Ferreira AG, Gomes A, Palma LG, Shaiv K, Solanas L, Azenha C, Papatsenko D, Schulz O, Reis e Sousa C, Pereira CF. Direct Reprogramming of Fibroblasts into Antigen-Presenting Dendritic Cells. Science Immunology 2018, 7, 3 (30).


Please email your CV, cover letter and contact information for two references to to apply. Asgard will review applications on a rolling basis and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Job type Full time
Salary Commensurate with role and experience.