ITALY: 10 PhD positions available in the Microbiome field within the MSCA Doctoral Programme - CRESCENDO

CRESCENDO is a Transdisciplinary Doctoral Program managed by the University of Naples Federico II through its Task Force on Microbiome Studies, that combines facilities and experience of more than 150 Academic scientists from 14 different UNINA Departments in the areas of Biology, Medicine, Food and Agricultural Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Engineering and Social Sciences, thus representing an ideal transdisciplinary environment to support training and research for young researchers in the microbiome field.


CRESCENDO will recruit 10 international Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs-PhDs) who will be involved in research and training in the Microbiome field. The recruited ESRs will be followed in their career development by the multidisciplinary expertise network of the TFM and will be assigned to different PhD Schools according to their specific subject of investigation. Each recruited ESR will be mentored by 1 main academic supervisor who will lead the individual research and training project, complemented by 1 or more co-supervisors from the secondment organisations. In this respect, each ESR will be given the possibility to work in a non-academic environment at international level with a 6 months secondment to work in full integration with Microbiome-related activities.


During the first year of the PhD the Programme training courses on common subjects that represent fundamental knowledge to perform Microbiome research will be offered, with subsequent training in complimentary and transferable skills, including scientific communication, research grants writing, ethics, patent applications and IP management. Recruited PhDs will be also involved in several events and seminars of scientific dissemination to the general public.


List of the offered positions

CRESCENDO Doctoral Programme will recruit 10 international Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs-PhDs) applying for one of the 12 projects listed below:

  1. Strain-level and genome-wide catalogue of bacteria from European PDO fermented foods

  2. Gut microbiome as target for food allergy: the MATFA project

  3. Postprandial glucose response in patients with type 1 diabetes: possible role of gut microbiota in a personalized approach

  4. Evaluation of intestinal microbiota as a determinant for the efficacy of immunovirotherapy

  5. Peptides for microbiota modulation

  6. Gut microbiota-metabolized agri-food wastes: perspectives for the recovery of bioactive compounds and development of novel prebiotics

  7. The wild boar one health chain approach: the gut microbiome prediction for antibiotic-resistance in meat safety

  8. Microbiome as predictive factor in cancer immunotherapy

  9. The microbiome of shallow-water hydrothermal vent: metabolic diversity and contribution to biogeochemistry

  10. High fat diet-shaped intestinal microbiota and risk for Parkinson’s disease: pharmacological

    control by prebiotics

  11. Microbiome mapping in meat food chain from farm-to-fork

  12. Design and construction of micro-static mixer for bioprinting of spatially-controlled bacterial populations



Candidates of all nationalities can apply for the CRESCENDO Call, but when applying must satisfy the following mobility rules:


Academic qualifications:

  • Applicants must satisfy the MSCA definition of an Early Stage Researcher (ESR), 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 CRESCENDO Call deadline.

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


Proof of English

  • Candidates 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).


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. 

An application will only be considered eligible if:

  1. the application pack is received before the deadline given in the Call text;

  2. the application pack is complete with all requested documents submitted by the given deadline

Information about application requirements, admission procedures and deadlines, types of documents and templates to be sent to apply for, how the evaluation and selection process will work, how communication within the candidates is set for each evaluation stage, others, can be found in the Call Guide for Applicants.


To submit your application, read carefully the indications provided in Programme Call for Recruitment and in the Call Guide for Applicants.

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Deadline: 30 June 2022 (5 PM CET)