15 exciting new PhD positions!

Are you currently performing your master thesis in life sciences, computer sciences or engineering AND are you excited to learn more about the brain, its function and its pathology?

Partners of the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network EU-GliaPhD are recruiting 15 highly motivated PhD candidates as Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) from the wide field of life sciences and engineering. The research, in which the young scientists will be trained, is centered on the role of neuron-glia interactions in brain function and pathology. The projects will focus on neuron-glia interactions in epilepsy, a complex brain disorder exhibiting several pathological events also seen in other CNS diseases. Addressing the role of glial cells in epilepsy research is a novel approach and has never been utilized in an international, collaborative training programme.



EU-GliaPhD is a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The ESR/PhD positions will be offered by academic research institutions/universities and companies located in Germany, Italy, France, UK, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands. Together with additional partners (patients’ organization, science writing, microscopy and management) the consortium will provide cross-disciplinary training in basic neurosciences for a new generation of neuroscientists who will exploit the power of emerging technological platforms to decipher the mechanisms of cell-cell interaction in the healthy and diseased brain.


Each position will be appointed for 36 months (to be recruited from Jan to Nov 2017).

Detailed information can be found in the ESR Project Descriptions.


Are you eligible?

As a mobile and early-stage researcher you have to fulfill the following conditions:

Definition of an early-stage researcher:
An early stage researcher (ESR) is defined as a student being in the first four years of his/her research career at the time of the recruitment and a student who does not have a doctoral degree. The research career starts after the degree that enables a student to proceed with a PhD (usually, the Master degree).

Mobility Rule:
At the time of the recruitment by the host laboratory, young researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host laboratory for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Send your complete application as a single PDF file (5 MB max.) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until February, 28, 2017!
Please include:

  • a cover letter, stating your research motivation and interests; including relevant background. In addition, provide a ranked list of at least 3 ESR projects you would like to work on.
  • CV (with list of publications or poster presentations)
  • 2 letters of recommendation