EUROPE: 12 PhD positions available in the MSCA COFUND project EMERALD - Medical Science

The “International PhD Programme for Medical Doctors”, Emerald, trains and nurtures excellent physician-scientists with the goal to bridge the gap between the clinic and the lab.

The programme recruits medical doctors to carry out a PhD in cutting-edge research in one of seven recruiting European centres of excellence in life sciences and biomedicine. The recruited medical doctors will acquire unique scientific, technical, and digital skills and knowledge to advance their career at the frontier of medicine and research, with the final goal to improve patients care and tackling global health challenges.

Biomedical research is advancing at high speed. In the last decades, we have seen major developments resulting in significantly better treatment and healthcare. Addressing the increased need for innovative solutions in medicine requires more than ever the rise of the unique professional profile of physician-scientists, combining research with clinical care, understanding patients´ needs and driving research forward to address them.


  • A medical doctor with up to four years of research experience?
  • Eager to explore why diseases arise and to contribute to development of novel treatment?
  • Driven to pursue a PhD and develop your scientific competences?

12 PhD positions are available for this call across seven top European biomedical research centres: BRIC (Copenhagen), CRG (Barcelona), NKI (Amsterdam), IGC (Lisbon) MDC (Berlin), VIB (Gent), IC (Paris). In case of high numbers of exceptional good applications to this first call, up-to 16 fellows will be hired. A second call will open in April 2022.

Application Deadline: 14 November 2021.



The fellows will benefit from attractive salaries, an international, stimulating and creative environment with expert supervision, advanced training, tailored career development and mentoring programmes, and access to high-end technologies and facilities. They will have the opportunity to build valuable international networks with multiple actors in academia, hospitals, patients´ organizations and the private sector. Applicants have a genuine choice of laboratories in the seven recruiting institutions to apply to. Details for all the positions and institutes can be found here on the Emerald webpage.



The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions offer attractive salary and working conditions. The salary and terms of employment are in accordance with the rules and regulations laid down by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie S. Curie COFUND programme and the national regulations.

The working contract will be for 42 months. 

Selection process

The selection process includes three steps of evaluation: Eligibility check, remote evaluation by expert panels, online interviews with selection committee, on-site visit to potential host institute and final selection. The selection will be merit-based, using weighed criteria in three defined areas:

  • Candidate curriculum
  • Knowledge and scientific potential
  • Motivation
  • English level


The application deadline is the 14th of November 2021, at 5 pm Central European Time. 

Applications are accepted exclusively online through the online application system provided at the Emerald webpage: www.emerald-mdphd.euLate or incomplete applications will not be evaluated.


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