20/09/2017
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

European Training Network - 15 PhD positions

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    RCSI - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesOther
    Medical sciencesOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    10/11/2017 17:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    766069

Applications are invited from candidates of excellence wishing to pursue a PhD degree in the field of cancer precision medicine. Students will receive training within a pan-European academic/private sector research training network, specifically focused on brain tumour research.

Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most frequent, aggressive and lethal of all brain tumours. It has a universally fatal prognosis with 85% of patients dying within two years. New treatment options and effective precision medicine therapies are urgently required. The GLIOTRAIN European Training Network (ETN), which comprises 9 funded beneficiaries and 14 associated partner organisations from 8 countries, will train 15 innovative, creative and entrepreneurial PhD students.

The research objective of GLIOTRAIN is to identify novel therapeutic strategies for application in GBM, while implementing state of the art next generation sequencing, systems medicine and integrative multi-omics to unravel disease resistance mechanisms. Research activities incorporate applied systems medicine, integrative multi-omics leveraging state of the art platform technologies, and translational cancer biology implementing the latest clinically relevant models.

The consortium brings together leading European and international academics, clinicians, private sector and not-for-profit partners across GBM fields of tumour biology, multi-omics, drug development, clinical research, bioinformatics, computational modelling and systems biology. Thus, GLIOTRAIN will address currently unmet translational research and clinical needs in the GBM field by interrogating innovative therapeutic strategies and improving the mechanistic understanding of disease resistance. The GLIOTRAIN ETN addresses current needs in academia and the private sector for researchers that have been trained in an environment that spans translational research, medicine and computational biology, and that can navigate confidently between clinical, academic and private sector environments to progress applied research findings towards improved patient outcomes.

The programme is funded through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Programme. Selected candidates will be offered a highly competitive stipend (as per generous Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funding rules). During their training each student will spend time on secondment in academic, clinical and/or private sector research institutions thus must have a willingness to travel.

Eligibility: At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to start of the project. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.

Candidate requirements: Candidates can be of any nationality, but are required to undertake transnational mobility. Candidates should ideally possess a Master’s degree in a relevant academic field, however exceptional candidates holding a Bachelor’s degree will be considered. Candidates must be within the first four years of his/her research career. Applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree will not be considered.

Potential candidates should be able to demonstrate motivation and a strong eagerness to learn. Individuals must possess excellent written, oral communication and organizational skills. In addition, applicants should have the ability both to work independently and as part of a team. Previous related research experience will be a distinct advantage. All students must be willing to travel and will be required to complete international secondments.

Funding: PhD positions are funded at the level stipulated by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funding rules with stipends starting at €45,000 per annum. Final salary calculations take into account living costs of the recruiting country. Additional family allowances are available where applicable.

Application process:

  • Project(s): applicants can select up to two (2) preferred projects from the list available in the link in the "Additional Information" section, below. 
  • Required documents: a full CV, a motivation letter including a description of previous research experiences and contact details or recommendation letters of two 2 referees. Only documents in English will be accepted.
  • Submission: applicants should submit the documentation to gliotrain@rcsi.ie writing in the subject line the number of their selected projects (E.g. Projects 1 and 3) by November 10th 2017. Successful applicants will commence their projects no later than January 2018

Applications failing to include the requested documentation, where the candidates do not meet the eligibility criteria or which do not indicate the preferred projects WILL NOT be considered.

Selection process:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for in-person interviews (and/ or by telephone / Skype). Positions will be offered to candidates following approval by the GLIOTRAIN co-ordinator and training committee. We will endeavour to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants where possible.

 

Informal Inquires:

For informal inquiries regarding the application and eligibility questions, contact gliotrain@rcsi.ie.

For informal queries regarding specific projects contact the Principal Investigator directly.

 

Eligibility criteria

At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to start of the project. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.

Selection process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for in-person interviews (and/ or by telephone / Skype). Positions will be offered to candidates following approval by the GLIOTRAIN co-ordinator and training committee. We will endeavour to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants where possible.

Web site for additional job details

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    All: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Candidates should ideally possess a Master’s degree in a relevant academic field and be within his/her first four years research career. Applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree will not be considered for this competition. Previous related research experience will be a distinct advantage.

Ideal candidates should be motivated, eager to learn, and should possess excellent communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills with high level of attention to detail. In addition, applicants should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Please refer to the Detailed job description at for project specific requirements. 

Specific Requirements

Candidates can be of any nationality, but are required to undertake transnational mobility.

 

Work location(s)
4 position(s) available at
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Ireland
Please Select
Dublin
D2
123 St Stephen's Green
2 position(s) available at
University of Stuttgart
Germany
Stuttgart
1 position(s) available at
Luxembourg Institute of Health
Luxembourg
Luxembourg City
2 position(s) available at
VIB
Belgium
Gent
1 position(s) available at
ICM Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord
France
Paris
2 position(s) available at
Erasmus University Medical Centre
Netherlands
Rotterdam
1 position(s) available at
GeneXplain GmbH
Germany
Wolfenbuttel
1 position(s) available at
ITTM
Luxembourg
Esch-sur-Alzette
1 position(s) available at
Agilent Technologies
Belgium
Diegem

EURAXESS offer ID: 246941