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PhD in Microbiome Science

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    University of Naples Federico II
    Biological sciencesBiodiversity
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/06/2022 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Portici
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND


CRESCENDO is an interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral Doctoral Programme in the Microbiome field managed by University of Naples Federico II (UNINA) through its Task Force on Microbiome Studies (TFM, www.tfm.unina.it), a collective initiative representing a solid and multidisciplinary network of expertise in Microbiome research, combining facilities and experience of more than 150 Academic scientists from 14 different UNINA Departments in the areas of Biology, Medicine, Biotechnology, Food, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Engineering, Maths and Social Sciences.

CRESCENDO aims to select a total of 10 international Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs; PhD candidates) to be enrolled by UNINA/TFM in a doctoral course of study lasting 36 months (3 years) leading to the awarding of a doctoral degree. The recruited PhDs will conduct specific research and training projects involving microbiome studies on human, animal, soil, plant, food, environment or marine systems. UNINA/TFM will offer the necessary scientific knowledge, equipment and infrastructure to support research activities spanning from the observation of natural processes to clinical trials and to investigate the role and the possible use of complex microbial communities.

A rich and diversified range of research and training opportunities will be offered to broaden the cross-sectoral, international and interdisciplinary skills of the recruited PhDs and provide a common ground for their future careers and for new research paths with important implications for Microbiome science. To this end, the Programme will benefit of a strong involvement and participation of around 25 international and intersectoral Partner Organizations (POs) that are stakeholders of the microbiome research providing training and secondments opportunities to all recruited PhDs, including leading international companies and excellent academic and non-academic research centres.

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Researchers/PhDs will be recruited with a full employment contract (Research Fellowship) of 3 years which will comprise:

  • a living allowance, corresponding to the gross salary (employer/employee) paid in monthly instalments to fellows, inclusive of all social security coverage, contribution to pension funds and unemployment indemnity
  • a mobility allowance for fellows’ expenses linked to their mobility (relocation expenses)

The monthly gross salary for each recruited researcher, including living and mobility allowances, will be of Euro 2.709. Fiscal treatment, Social security (SSC) and sick/maternity or paternity leave will be fully covered according to the Italian Social Security regulation. An Insurance will be also provided to cover for accidents and civil liability towards third parties,

Each fellowship will also include a contribution to costs needed to carry out research projects (e.g. consumables, publications, others) and a contribution to the training activities (e.g. local and network trainings) managed directly by the programme coordinator.

In addition to the above:

  • A family allowance of Euro 300 (for those who have the status of family) will be applied and be part of the gross monthly salary
  • A monthly travel allowance of Euro 300 in the form of refunding of travel costs for secondments and international networking is guaranteed for each recruited researcher.

Eligibility criteria

The Call is open to all PhD candidates / ESRs of any nationality and age that respect all the following eligibility rules at the date of the Call deadline:

Academic qualifications

- Applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree at the time of the Call deadline.

- Applicants must hold a relevant European Master degree or equivalent (EQF 7) at the time of the application.

-The educational background should preferably be in Biology, Medicine, Biotechnology, Food, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Chemistry, or combinations thereof or others consistent with the scope of the programme.

Mobility requirements

Applicants must not have lived or carried out their main activity (e.g. study, work, research) in Italy for more than 12 months in the past 3 years immediately prior to the Call deadline. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Less restrictive mobility rule: The time spent in applying for refugee status or found refuge in Europe in accordance with the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol and career breaks for compulsory military service and vacation leave will not be taken into account.

Proof of English

Applicants that are not native English speakers must provide proof of their English language capability as established via an internationally recognised test such as: IELTS: minimum 6.5 for PhD; TOEFL paper test: 550 (TWE 4); TOEFL internet test: 79 (R18, L17, S20, W17). In alternative, applicants have to prove to have a sufficient level of English (e.g., providing a certificate of bilingual studies).

Further to the above, an application will only be considered eligible if it also meets the following 2 eligibility conditions:

  1. the application pack is received by the Call deadline (as from the Call text)
  2. the application pack is complete with all the requested documents.

Selection process

CRESCENDO evaluation and selection process will be based on openness, transparency, merit, impartiality and equality for the candidates according to the Principles of the European Charter and Code for the recruitment of researchers. The evaluation and selection process will be articulated in four steps: Eligibility check, Individual remote evaluation, Interview and Final ranking, ending up with the sending of the offer of employment to the 10 candidates that appears on the top of the final ranking list. The entire evaluation process will entail internal and external international members from the academic and non-academic sector acting as evaluators in both the CV assessment and during the interviews, selected on the basis of their expertise and track record of research. The 10 selected and recruited PhDs will begin their doctoral training in November 2022. The planning of the evaluation, selection and final recruitment is set as:

Call opening date: 04/04/2022

Call closing date: 30/06/2022 (5pm)

Eligibility check of candidates: from 1/07/2022 to 14/07/2022

CV Evaluation: from 15/07/2022 to 08/08/2022

Interviews; First two weeks of September 2022

Final ranking list/ Offer of contract; by mid September 2022

Enrolment of successful candidates in a doctoral course/ starting of the fellowships: November 2022

Additional comments

Please visit CRESCENDO website at Https://www.crescendo.unina.it/ and its application page.  In order to apply, read carefully the Guide for Applicants. Applications must be in English, The application form must be submitted online together with the required application documents by the given deadline.

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Required Research Experiences

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Offer Requirements

    Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


- Applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree at the time of the Call deadline.

-The educational background should preferably be in Biology, Medicine, Biotechnology, Food, Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, Chemistry, or combinations thereof or others consistent within the scope of the doctoral programme.


Specific Requirements

The Call is open to all PhD candidates / Early stage researchers (ESRs) of any nationality and age that respect all the set Programme eligibility rules at the date of the Call deadline.


Work location(s)
10 position(s) available at
University of Naples Federico II
Via Università 100

EURAXESS offer ID: 757852


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