Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Early Stage Researcher / PhD candidate Position

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    Medical University of Vienna
    Pharmacological sciencesClinical pharmacology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    22/06/2020 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Austria › Vienna
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Early Stage Researcher / PhD candidate Position:

Establishing PK/PD thresholds based on target site concentrations instead of plasma (ESR 8)


The department of clinical pharmacology (MUW) has available an Early Stage Researcher / PhD candidate position on “Establishing PK/PD thresholds based on target site concentrations instead of plasma” as part of the Innovative Training Network (ITN) Training towards Innovative Personalized Antibiotic Therapy (TIPAT).



The Innovative Training Network (ITN) Training towards Innovative Personalized Antibiotic Therapy (TIPAT) has started March 1, 2020. TIPAT offers a cutting-edge training-by-research program for 15 Early stage researchers (ESRs) / PhD candidates. TIPAT is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Training Network (ITN) of the European Commission. ESRs in TIPAT will be part of an international network of universities, hospitals and companies. To enable development of innovative personalized antibiotic treatment strategies, quantitative understanding of the interplay between drug, pathogen and host is crucial. The TIPAT network will train inter-disciplinary specialists optimally equipped with a skill set to address this challenge. Central to the TIPAT research and training program of ESRs is the combination of state-of-the art quantitative modelling with approaches in clinical pharmacology, immunology and microbiology, which enables development of innovative methodology to personalized antibiotic therapies.


Project description

Target site concentrations should be considered to determine optimal individualized dosing strategies as the bacterial pathogen is almost exclusively located in the tissue and not in the blood stream. However, usually plasma concentrations are used to compare exposure towards and antibiotic (PK) and killing of bacteria in-vivo in patients and animal models. By characterizing the correlation of target site concentrations and antimicrobial activity (instead of using the surrogate “plasma concentration”) a better understanding of the driving forces of antimicrobial activity will be gained. For this the PhD candidate will use Galleria mellonella models (larvae) of infection and in‐vitro hollow fibre models without the need of mammalian animal studies. Data will be validated based on data from animal models and clinical studies obtained from literature. Understanding the driver of antimicrobial activity at the site of action will build the base for individually tailored antimicrobial dosing regimens in patients with complicated tissue infections.

Planned secondments will include the Netherlands and UK.


Planned start of employment: Between 01-09-2020 and 01-11-2020

Duration of position: 36

Application procedure

Content related questions about this position can be send to Prof. Markus Zeitlinger (email: markus.zeitlinger@meduniwien.ac.at). Formal questions can be send to Nancy Sabaditsch (nancy.sabaditsch@meduniwien.ac.at).

You application should be send to nancy.sabaditsch@meduniwien.ac.at and to applications@tipat.eu

When applying, please use the following email subject title: TIPAT ESR2 - Your Name

In your application please include the following files:

  • A motivation letter (1 page maximum), please include in your letter alternative ESR TIPAT positions of interest to you if not selected, if any.
  • A CV according to the Europass format
  • Two reference letters (at least one from your Master thesis supervisor)
  • An up-to-date of grades in your bachelor and master programs

Optional: English proficiency test results (TOEFL, IELTS)

The application deadline is May 20, 2020. We may extend this deadline depending on the developments of the COVID19 pandemic.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 861323.


  • The successful candidates will receive a 36-month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer.
  • In addition to their individual scientific projects, TIPAT ESRs will collaborate with world-leading research groups and industries within the consortium through secondments. All ESRs will benefit from further extensive and varied continuing education, completing a series of carefully designed training modules and transferable skills courses; they will participate in symposia, workshops, and international conferences and will have meaningful exposure to the industrial environment through TIPAT industrial partners.

Eligibility criteria

  • At the time of commencing their employment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their (recruiting) host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their recruitment.
  • Applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree at the first day of their employment contract. This research experience is measured from the date when they obtain the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. Research experience is measured to the first day of the employment contract of the researcher.
  • Usual MSCA eligibility criteria apply and will be verified during the application process. For more information on MSCA, please see: http://ec.europa.eu/mariecurieactions. Benefits

Selection process

The application procedure is as follows:

  • A notification for receiving your application is send after the application deadline.
  • Applicants are notified if they are invited for video-conferencing interviews by May 30
  • Interviews are schedule to be completed by June 15
  • Hiring process is completed by June 30

Please note these dates may change if the application deadline is Extended.

Offer Requirements


  • Master degree in the field of Medicine , Microbiology or Biology (graduation before project start date)
  • Experience in microbiological experiments, in-vitro work
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills to organize research with both academics and professionals;
  • Good communication (verbal and writing) skills in English;
  • Good communication (verbal and writing) skills in German;
  • Confirmed capacity to write high-level scientific reports and papers;
  • Interested in participating in educational tasks;
  • Independent and creative team player

Work location(s)
3 position(s) available at
Medical University of Vienna
Währinger Straße 18-20

EURAXESS offer ID: 513738


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