Recruitment PhD positions in neuroinflammation research

The scientific goal of nEUROinflammation is to investigate inflammatory mechanisms in stroke and multiple sclerosis with a special focus on bone-marrow derived macrophages, dendritic cells, the endothelium, and microglia. A unique feature of our consortium is to combine stroke and MS research in order to release synergies between the fields and to provide PhD students with a comprehensive picture of neuroinflammation. By employing a range of experimental and translational techniques, this ITN aims at one goal: to modulate basic neuroinflammatory mechanisms for the treatment of neurological diseases.

The Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will be hosted by 16 academic or industrial partner organizations in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Poland, Netherlands, and Switzerland. For additional details and the main activities in each project of nEUROinflammation, please follow the

Partner 9 Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology, Instytut Biologii Doswiadczalnej im. M. Nenckiego Polskiej Akademii Nauk (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology)

Project 10: Determination of microglial phenotypes by intracellular signaling


To be eligible for one of these posts, we expect a good master (or equivalent) degree (minimum upper second) in a relevant discipline of the life sciences (preferentially neurosciences, immunology, vascular biology, molecular or cellular biology). Research experience in one of the fields mentioned above would be advantageous. Good skills in English language are required. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential, as a willingness to work flexibly and travel to collaborating partners. The successful applicants will be expected to register for a PhD and will submit a high quality dissertation for examination within 3 years of his or her appointment.

Each ESR in the project will have a Personal Career Development Plan, designed with their supervisors at the beginning of the fellowship, covering training needs (including complementary skills) and scientific objects. Each ESR will be expected to have at least one secondment (about 30% of the time) to another collaborating partner organization.

Under the Marie Curie ITN eligibility criteria, which are put in place to encourage mobility, you must satisfy the eligibility requirements for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) under the European Commission Framework 7 Early Stage Training Scheme:

• You have not yet been awarded the doctorate degree and you are in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of your career.

• At the time of recruitment, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the beneficiary partner organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to your recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

For further information on Marie Curie initial training networks including living and mobility allowances, see:

Type of contract: Temporary

Status: Full-time

Please apply online and use our Recruitment Portal. The recruitment starts 1st October 2013 and runs until 30 Oct 2013. Please notice, that we only accept fully completed forms. The application should include a CV, certificate of latest school graduation and credentials of all academic degrees as well as 2 letters of recommendation.

For further information contact:

Mrs Susanne Zimmermeier


Tel. +49 451 500-2681

Fax +49 451 500-3327


Date of publication
28 October 2013