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EDUC8 : Call for applications from Early Stage Researchers for 8 Doctoral (PhD) Training Positions in basic and translational immunology

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    INSERM 1138
    Biological sciencesBiology
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    Medical sciencesOther
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    16/05/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


EDUC8 is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme. The EDUC8 training network represents a novel, pioneering platform for studying the immunogenicity of therapeutic pro-coagulant factor VIII (FVIII) in patients with haemophilia A (HA). It includes leading scientists from academia and industry. The EDUC8 training network offers doctoral research projects (PhD projects) for eight early stage researchers (ESRs). The research topics range from fundamental to translational science, and aim at identifying drug- and patient-related risk factors for the development of neutralizing anti-FVIII antibodies, and at developing innovative protocols for inducing tolerance to FVIII. Successful applicants will receive training in basic immunology, haemostasis research and bioinformatic approaches, clinical haemostasis, project management, entrepreneurship, healthcare economics, ethics and marketing. The interaction between biologists, clinical experts, healthcare professionals, industry and patients’ organizations is central to EDUC8. It will expose ESR to complex issues in bench-to-bedside research from different perspectives. Graduates from EDUC8 will be highly skilled, entrepreneurial and broadly-trained experts, equipped with innovative and beyond state-of-the-art proficiency on the exponentially expanding area of “immunogenicity of biotherapeutics”.

Participating in EDUC8 offers early stage researchers many unique opportunities, including:

  • A project as Marie Skłodowska Curie trainee in one of the participating institutions with the intention of receiving a doctoral degree (PhD).
  • State-of-the art, exciting research in an international consortium with highly integrated research projects.
  • Expert training in basic and translational immunology.
  • At least three months of research training in the lab of another consortium member, mostly in a different EU country than the country where most of the project will take place.
  • Training in both academic and commercial research environments.
  • Salary according to EU guidelines for Marie Skłodowska Curie trainees, including mobility payments and family allowances where applicable.

Eligible candidates must:

  • hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in a field of science relevant to their chosen project (see below)
  • demonstrate a history of academic excellence
  • demonstrate an affinity for Basic Immunology and Translational Immunology, Haemostasis or Translational Research
  • speak and write fluently in English
  • have less than 4 years’ previous research experience and not hold a doctoral (PhD) title
  • have not been resident in the country where the host institution is located for more than 12 months in the 3 years before recruitment
  • be available to start their project no later than 1st October-November, 2020


Individual Projects details (find full information on  PDF)


ESR1: Induction of neonatal Fc receptor-mediated tolerance to therapeutic factor VIII in HA (call closed)

Hosting Institution: National Institute of Health and Medical Research (France)

Supervisor Sebastien Lacroix-Desmazes

Email address for the applications sebastien.lacroix-desmazes@crc.jussieu.fr

Subject area: Molecular and experimental Immunology, Immunotherapy

Project-specific selection criteria: Strong knowledge in Immunology, experience in common techniques in Molecular Biology and Cellular Immunology, experience in animal handling is a plus, main competencies include dedication, creativity, team spirit and communication skills


ESR2: Delineation of HLA-DP4-restricted FVIII peptidome (call closed)

Hosting Institution: Stichting Sanquin Bloedvoorziening-Sanquin (The Netherlands)

Supervisor Prof Jan Voorberg

Email address for the applications j.voorberg@sanquin.nl

Subject area: Molecular and experimental Immunology, antigen presentation, protein immunogenicity, MHC class II peptide presentation

Project-specific selection criteria We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in Molecular and Cellular Immunology, well-developed analytical and technical skills, a creative thinker, a team-player with excellent communication skills. We offer a highly innovative, stimulatory research environment with an excellent research-infrastructure in a highly ambitious team composed of international researchers


ESR3: High-throughput B-cell epitopes profiling (call still open)

Hosting Institution: University of Milan (Italy)

Supervisor Prof Flora Peyvandi and Roberta Palla

Email address for the applications flora.peyvandi@unimi.it; roberta.palla@unimi.it

Subject area: Bioinformatic applied to immunology

Project-specific selection criteria: • Master degree in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Biostatistics or in a related discipline. • Strong background in statistics and excellent programming skills (R or Python). • Good knowledge of Linux/Unix system. • Experience with the analysis of NGS data (e.g. RNA-seq, WES, WGS) • Preferred experience in using High Performance Computing facilities. • Preferred experience in managing Phage display experiments or proteomics data and in using software for macromolecules visualization (PyMol/Chimera). • Good problem-solving skills, strong attitude to be up-to-date about the most recent discoveries in the field and to develop novel analytical pipeline. • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


ESR4: Tolerance induction towards FVIII using CAR-transduced Tregs (call closed)

Hosting Institution: Goethe University (Germany)

Supervisor Prof Christoph Königs and Stephan Schultze Strasser

Email address for the applications Christoph.Koenigs@kgu.de; Stephan.Schultze-Strasser@kgu.de

Subject area: Molecular and experimental Immunology, Immunotherapy

Project-specific selection criteria strong interest and knowledge in immunology, experience in molecular biology and cell culture techniques, basic experiences in animal handling would be beneficial; main competences include a high motivation to learn and the ability to work in a team


ESR5: Intracellular fate of endogenous FVIII variants and association with MHC (call closed)

Hosting Institution: University Clinic Bonn (Germany)

Supervisors Prof Johannes Oldenburg and Heike Singer

Email address for the applications johannes.oldenburg@ukbonn.de; heike.singer@ukbonn.de

Subject area: Molecular and experimental Haematology, Proteomics

Project-specific selection criteria Knowledge of Proteomics and basic Immunology, experience in stem cell technologies and common molecular techniques, main competencies include creativity, can-do mentality, team spirit and communication skills


ESR6 Induction of tolerance to therapeutic factor VIII in HA by modification with a 2,3 sialic acid (call closed)

Hosting Institution: DC4U BV (The Netherlands)

Supervisor Prof Yvette van Kooyk and Ineke Rijnhout

Email address for the applications y.vankooyk@amsterdamumc.nl; ineke.rijnhout@dc4u-technologies.nl

Subject area: Molecular cell biology and Immunology, Glycobiology

Project-specific selection criteria A master degree Biomedical Sciences or related, knowledge of immunology, experience with (primary) cellular responses and molecular biology, interest in chemical immunology is a plus, flexible, team player, able to interact with scientists from different backgrounds, departments, and institutions, excellent communication skills in English (both written and verbal)


ESR7 Induction of tolerance to therapeutic FVIII by harnessing the tolerogenic potency of the liver (call closed)

Hosting Institution: Topas Therapeutics GmbH (Germany)

Supervisors Dr Sabine Fleischer

Email address for the applications fleischer@topas-therapeutics.com

Subject area: Nanotechnology and basic immunology

Project-specific selection criteria: Strong knowledge in nanotechnology and basic immunology. Hands-on experience in bioconjugation techniques, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization. Experience in immunological techniques is a plus. Excellent team spirit, communication and strong organizational skills, flexibility and creativity


ESR8 Monitoring FVIII-specific T cell responses in healthy individuals and in HA patients (call closed)

Hosting Institution: Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et énergies alternatives (France)

Supervisor Prof Bernard Maillère

Email address for the applications bernard.maillere@cea.fr

Subject area: Cellular and molecular immunology, HLA and T cell specificity

Project-specific selection criteria: strong knowledge in cellular and molecular immunology, experience in techniques in cell culture, molecular biology and protein chemistry. Personal commitment, constructive attitude with the supervisor and the team and oral and written communication skills are also requested.


More Information


ESR will be given an employment contract for 36 months by their host institution. ESR will be entitled to full employee benefits and inclusion in social security schemes of the host nation. ESR will be compensated according to the general conditions of the EC MSCA and specifically those conditions relating to ESR participating in ITN.

Eligibility criteria

Experience eligibility requirement:

Eligible applicants must:

  • hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in a field of science relevant to their chosen project 
  • demonstrate a history of academic excellence
  • demonstrate an affinity for Immunology and Immunotherapy
  • speak and write fluently in English
  • have less than 4 years’ previous research experience and not hold a doctoral (PhD) title

Mobility eligibility requirement: The fellow must not have resided in the country where the research training activities will take place for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country).

Other requirements: In addition to basic and practical knowledge in immunology, the fellows must demonstrate team spirit, sense of commitment, creativity and passion, and excellent communication skills in English (both written and verbal)

Selection process

EDUC8 will select ESR through a 2-step recruitment process.

Candidates should submit their application for their top two preferred research projects. Applications (in English) should include:

1) an updated CV

2) a letter of motivation for the position

3) at least 1 reference letter (in English) from one former supervisor

4) the scan of the degree (usually the Master Degree) which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate

5) transcripts of records

More details of the procedure and details of needed documents are available on the website https://www.educ8-h2020.eu  and on the downloadable PDF.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2020. Application documents should be sent by email to the relevant project supervisors by email (see individual project descriptions).



The candidates will be evaluated on the basis of the received documents and the best 8 candidates for each position will be invited for a Skype interview.

For each position a short list will be prepared and notified to the applicants.

The 2 top candidates for each position will be invited for a virtual interview (on the 3rd or 4th June 2020). The final selection of the ERSs will be made at the end of interview rounds and candidates will be informed immediately.




Additional comments

At this stage, one position is still open for ESR3

Offer Requirements


Project-specific background criteria are detailed for each individual project

Specific Requirements

Project-specific requirements are detailed for each individual project

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
INSERM UMRS 1138 Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers
15, rue de l’ecole de medecine
1 position(s) available at
Stichting Sanquin Bloedvoorziening-Sanquin
1006 AN
Plesmanlaan 125,
1 position(s) available at
University of Milan-Angelo Bianchi Bonomi Hemophilia and Thrombosis center,
Via Pace 9
1 position(s) available at
University Hospital Frankfurt, Goethe University Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine- Clinical and Molecular Haemostasis
Theodor-Stern-Kai 7
1 position(s) available at
University Clinic Bonn Institute of Experimental Haematology and Transfusion Medicine
1 position(s) available at
DC4U BV O|2 Lab Building
1081 HZ
De Boelelaan 1108
1 position(s) available at
Topas Therapeutics GmbH
1 position(s) available at
CEA- Saclay Institut Frederic Joliot, SIMOPRO
Gif sur Yvette
Université Paris-Saclay

EURAXESS offer ID: 510060


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