PhD positions in Biology to study human genome maintenance DNA helicases (MSCA ITN)

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13 PhD positions for early-stage researchers (ESRs) to begin in February/March 2020, as part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission entitled “DNA helicases in genome maintenance: from molecular and cellular mechanisms to specific inhibitors as potential drugs” (MSCA ITN AntiHelix). 

The offered positions will all last three years and will allow all the recruited researchers to be enrolled in local PhD schools and to participate in an exciting multidisciplinary research programme that will enhance their career perspectives in both the academic and non-academic sector. In addition to their individual projects, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training programme consisting of local and network-wide training activities aimed at improving their scientific knowledge and transferable skills.

The AntiHelix consortium includes the following 9 European institutions as Beneficiaries: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Naples, Italy; Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA, Trieste, Italy; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; VU University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; University of Sheffield, United Kingdom; University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany; Lead Discovery Center GmbH, Dortmund, Germany; Edelris SAS, Lyon, France; Lumicks BV, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The AntiHelix program is coordinated by Francesca M. Pisani (Istituto di Biochimica e Biologia Cellulare, Consiglio Nazionale Ricerche, Naples, Italy).


  • 3-year full-time employment contract in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action regulations for Early Stage Researchers;

  • Enrolment in a local PhD school.

  • Access to state-of-the-art research and supervision by recognized experts

  • Participation in network-wide training activities, schools and conferences

  • Secondments periods at other network partners’ labs.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must comply with the following requirements:

  • Have not been resident or have conducted main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than 12 months within the last three years in the country where the project will take place

  • Master's Degree or equivalent in Biology or Biotechnology or Chemistry or Biochemistry or Pharmaceutical Chemistry or Medicine or Physics

  • Be in the first four years of their research career (measured from the date they have obtained a Master's degree or equivalent that allows them to enrol in a PhD program)

  • Be fluent in English

More information here.

Deadline: 10 November 2019