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PhD positions- EUROVA Innovative Training Network

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    Biological sciencesBiology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    27/11/2020 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Milan
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions



EUROVA Innovative Training Network

One Early Stage Researcher position available- University of Milan 

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates a full-time fixed term position as an Early Stage Researcher in the EUROVA training network, under the supervision of Dr Federica Franciosi, University of Milan, Italy. 


We invite applications from ambitious, talented Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to join our challenging multidisciplinary research programme. ESRs in the EUROVA Innovative Training Network will work on projects that include the safe storage and re-transplantation of ovarian tissue from female cancer patients, advancing therapies to improve the quality of oocytes from patients who suffer from metabolic conditions, pioneering ART to save the Southern White Rhinoceros from extinction and building a multi-species compendium of the molecular pathways and key processes involved in oocyte growth and development.


Project title: “Somatic signals regulating mRNA translation in mammalian oocytes”


Project description: During oocyte maturation transcription is repressed and cellular functions, comprising meiotic progression and reprogramming of the genome to totipotency, are mainly regulated by the timely translation of maternal mRNA accumulated during oocyte growth. Recent studies show that the follicular/cultural environment affects oocyte developmental competence by acting on the program of maternal mRNA translation, through the activation of the PI3K/AKT pathway in the oocyte. However, the intercellular signalling linking the somatic and germline side of this cascade has not been elucidated. The aim of the project is to dissect the ability of signals originating in the follicular cells, transduced to the oocyte in response to the ovulatory stimulus, to affect the oocyte translational program.


Relevant research field: Developmental biology, molecular biology, bioinformatics


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The EUROVA training programme will train a community of oocyte biologists working to integrate a wide spectrum of knowledge, technical expertise, data, platforms and technologies across several species and ultimately advance innovation in this field of research. ESRs will be registered to a full-time, three-year, structured doctoral programme at leading European academic institutions. A highly qualified network of international research-intensive academic and industrial organisations and the incorporation of carefully planned secondments will equip ESRs with appropriate scientific and transferable skills. Scientific training will be supplemented with workshops devoted to academia/industry collaboration, dissemination and public engagement, as well as the maintenance of a successful research environment. ESRs will meet other ESRs involved in the program during the network meetings, secondments and international meetings.




  • The PhD position is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 860960

  • The appointment will be on a full-time basis for a period of 3 years

  • The successful candidate will be an employee of the host institution(University of Milan)

  • They will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. 

  • They will be participants in an international training network and will benefit from an extensive training program in research and transferable skills.

Eligibility criteria


We are looking for talented, driven, and highly motivated early career researchers educated in the broad biological sciences, bioengineering, or a related discipline. Applicants should possess scientific curiosity, a strong work ethic and ability to engage in teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment. The following mandatory criteria apply:

  • H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not taken into account.

  • H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria: Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) must, at the date of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers, have not been awarded a doctoral degree and must be eligible to enrol on a PhD programme at the host institution (or at a designated university in case the host institution is a non-academic organisation).

  • Candidates must have excellent proficiency in written and spoken English (at least level B2) and fulfil the specific University recruitment criteria of each position.

  • Candidates can be of any nationality but need to demonstrate mobility in terms of moving from one country to another when taking up their appointment.

Selection process


How to apply


Interested candidates are invited to apply for this position by submitting the following documents to eurovaetn@ucd.ie

  • A current Curriculum Vitae (Europass format recommended; please specify your residence/workplace in the last 3 years).

  • University transcripts (grades).

  • A statement letter addressing research interests in relation to the research project.

  • 2 recommendation letters.

  • Proof of proficiency in English (at least level B2).

Closing date for applications: 17.00(GMT+1) Friday 27 November 2020 


Selection process

  • Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on information provided in their application.

  • Interviews will take place via an online platform or visiting the host institution and will be conducted by a panel consisting of PIs from the EUROVA Consortium.

  • To be eligible for appointment, successful applicants must comply with career stage and mobility criteria.

  • In case of equal-scoring candidates, preference will be given to women and researchers with refugee status (provided they have or are able to obtain work permits).

  • All applicants will be notified via email of the outcome of their application.

  • The recruitment team will ensure a centralised, transparent and efficient recruitment process that adheres to the European Charter and Code for Researchers.


Additional comments



EUROVA-ETN will process data collected from the applicants for recruitment purposes only, according to the GDPR policies. The data will be kept for a period of five years after the end of the project for the purpose of an audit by the EU.

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent

Specific Requirements

We are looking for talented, driven, and highly motivated early career researchers educated in the broad biological sciences, bioengineering, or a related discipline. Applicants should possess scientific curiosity, a strong work ethic and ability to engage in teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
7 - 20122
Via Festa del Perdono

EURAXESS offer ID: 522574


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