13 PhD research positions MSCA-ITN-ETN "PREMUROSA" in medical sciences

The PREMUROSA project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network) calls for applications for 13 fully funded PhD positions with attractive complementary training activities and generous travel, laboratory and research budgets. The successful candidates will be hosted by a member of a European Consortium of universities, research institutions and companies in Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland, Latvia, Ireland, Serbia and will benefit from an excellent scientific environment, up-to-date technologies and supervision by international leaders in the field. They will learn to integrate academic and industrial aspects in their research work and they will sharpen their experimental and complementary skills in a well-designed and diversified and unprecedented training program.

Deadline is 21 February 2020.



The salary consists of the gross Monthly Living Allowance of 3,110 EUR per month pondered by the EU correction coefficient (specific for the countries where the enrolling Institutions are located, available at http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/mga/tmpl/h2020-annex2a-tmpl-estim-budget_en.pdf); in addition, a Mobility Allowance of 600 EUR per month will be paid, and also possibly another 500 EUR per month of Family Allowance depending on marital status. A family allowance of 500 EUR per month will be paid should the researcher have family, regardless of whether the family will move with the researcher or not. In this context, family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national or relevant regional legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.

The PhD salary is subject to local tax, social benefit and other deductions following national regulations.

The positions are offered full-time for 3 years (36 months).

Eligibility criteria

The 13 PhD positions as Early Stage Researchers (ESR1 to ESR13) are open to applicants of all nationalities fulfilling with the following eligibility requirements:

  1. should have — at the date of recruitment — LESS than 4 years of a research career, and not have a doctoral degree. The 4 years are measured from the date when the applicant obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a PhD, either in the country where the degree was obtained or in the country where the PhD is provided;
  2. should NOT have — at the date of recruitment — resided in the country where the research training takes place for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment, and NOT have carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country. For refugees under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’;
  3. should satisfy the eligibility requirements to enroll on a PhD degree. This includes i) master degree compliant with the research fields described in the INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS AVAILABLE (e.g. biomedical sciences, biotechnologies physics, chemistry, materials sciences, and mathematics…), ii) excellent/good oral and written English language skills, if English is not his/her first language, iii) good skills in scientific writing and results presentation.

Selection process

Candidates will be asked to apply on-line for one to maximum three of the above-mentioned positions. The application must include the following:

  1. A copy of the CV in English and in European format (max 5 pages);
  2. A copy of a valid ID document (password or equivalent);
  3. A motivation letter in English (max 1 page);
  4. Degree transcripts;
  5. Letters of reference (at least two);
  6. Statement that the applicant fulfills all eligible criteria listed in the paragraph above.

All documents and the application form must be applied to premurosa@uniupo.it before February 21st, 2020 5.00 PM (CET).

The selection procedure will be based on two steps: the first step will consist on the screening of all applications received and on the selection of a shortlist of candidates based on CV, academic transcripts, motivation and relevance with the specific research project; the second step will consist in an interview (held in person or Skype), at the end of which successful candidates will be recruited.

Prior to recruitment, successful applicants will be requested to produce the original copies of all certificates and documents declared. Incorrect or lacking of documentation may invalidate the recruitment procedure.