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EUROPE: 12 PhD positions in the field of regenerative Biology & Medicine

EUROPE: 12 PhD positions in  the field of regenerative Biology & Medicine

Are you interested in regenerative biology? Check out below our 12 fully funded PhD positions to work with leading European researchers to advance the frontiers of regenerative biology and medicine.

The REGENERATE-IT Network is funded by the European Union and is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Doctoral Networks (MSCA-DN) programme. The network brings together a full spectrum of disciplines – from fundamental to applied research – to train the next generation of researchers in regenerative biology and adjacent fields. It is a consortium of high-profile researchers from various universities, research institutions, and companies spanning 12 academic institutions across 10 European countries (the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, and the UK).

We offer exceptional opportunities for promising young students to work on cutting-edge topics in regenerative biology and medicine to address the questions of how cell types and tissues are formed during regeneration and how this can be controlled and manipulated. 

More information can be found on this website 

Keywords:  Regenerative biology and medicine, tissue and organ regeneration, highly regenerative animal models (flatworms, cnidarians, crustaceans, frogs, salamanders, and zebrafish), stem cells, single-cell sequencing, live imaging.

Career Stage: Doctoral Candidates (DCs). These are 3-year PhD positions open for graduated students (Master or equivalent).


12 PhD positions in the REGENERATE-IT:

All 12 PhD positions are listed on the project website ( along with their hosting institutions. An URL to the application form is also given next to the title of the project. This link will take you to the application portal of the project-hosting institution. More details on each of these positions and information about the REGENERATE-IT training program can be found on this website

Candidates may submit applications to different labs (up to 3 projects) within the network.

The deadline for applications is the 31st of March 2023.

List of our 12 PhD Projects:
More information on these projects is available at

  1. Cell lineage tracing during regeneration in Macrostomum
    (University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)/Univ. Groningen, Netherlands)
  2. Identify and characterise regeneration-specific elements in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis
    (Institute for Research on Cancer & Aging – Nice, France)
  3. How does regeneration differ from development?
    (ENS de Lyon, France)
  4. The role and regulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) during tissue regeneration
    (Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium)
  5. Identifying epigenetic regulators of regeneration gene expression
    (The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Austria)
  6. Molecular profiling and perturbation of the limb blastemain newts
    (Karolinska Institutet (KI), Sweden)
  7. Identifying and characterizing cellular cues that promote scar-free regeneration in spiny mice
    (Osnabrück University (UOS), Germany)
  8. Development of next-generation cell therapy protocols by exploiting knowledge from regenerating species
    (San Raffaele Hospital (OSR), Italy)
  9. Cellular memory and intestinal regeneration
    (University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark)
  10. Molecular characterisation of human epidermal stem cells and transient amplifying cells in homeostasis and wound healing
    (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), Italy)
  11. Epigenetic memory and molecular mechanisms of organ regeneration in the zebrafish
    (University of Bern (UBERN), Switzerland)
  12. The role and regulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) during appendage and organ regeneration
    (University of Manchester (UoM), UK)


We are looking for highly motivated, perseverant, and creative individuals with strong analytical and problem-solving skills willing to leave their footprint on science. Candidates should hold an MSc (or equivalent) in biological sciences obtained within the last 3 years and have good knowledge of cellular and molecular biology.


  • Have a deep interest in regenerative biology
  • Be passionate about doing research and have or be willing to develop the skills to communicate this passion with other scientists and the general public.
  • Have relevant skills and experiences, and a strong interest in both theoretical and applied science.
  • Welcome the opportunity to conduct research abroad and to work within an international and multidisciplinary team.
  • Hold an MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (which can be, but is not limited to biology, biomedical engineering, genetics, medicine, neuroscience, (bio)physics).
  • Have excellent English speaking and writing skills.


Successful candidates will receive an attractive salary following the MSCA regulations for doctoral candidates. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the host country (to allow for the difference in the cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance, and a family allowance (if the recruited doctoral candidate has or acquires family obligations during the duration of the fellowship). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all doctoral candidates will benefit from further training, which includes internships/secondments in other laboratories, a variety of training courses (including transferable skills), and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria:

  1. Supported researchers must be Doctoral Candidates (DC), i.e., not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment. Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible.
  2. Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must undertake trans-national mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. In particular, at the time of selection by the host organization, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  3. The candidates’ ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English should be sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

Selection process

Candidates should apply electronically (using the link indicated in the PhD position(s) of their interest) for their preferred project.

You can find a list of all available projects and corresponding links to submit applications on the Apply page.

Candidates should provide the following documents.

  1. a detailed CV, including information on the candidate’s proficiency in English
  2. a motivation letter
  3. additional documents that could help to evaluate the applicants’ education/training (specified in the application portal of each institution)

The deadline for applications is the 31st of March 2023.

The selected (short-listed) candidates will be

  • Asked to provide two references, and
  • Invited for an interview by the supervisors.

The final decision on whom to recruit will be made by the selection committee before 1st May 2023.

The selected DCs are to start their research before 1st November 2023.

Candidates may submit applications to different labs (up to 3 projects) within the network.

Apply here

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