15 fully-funded 3-year PhD Positions in NEUROSCIENCES / NEUROBIOLOGY

various locations, see description below
fully-funded 3-year PhD position
January 04 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
PhD Fellowship

Are you currently performing your master thesis in life sciences (neurobiology), computer sciences (computational neuroscience), or engineering (electronic and optical)
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, computer 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 program.

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. Detailed information can be found in the ESR project descriptions at www.eu-gliaphd.eu.

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.

How to apply:
Send your complete application before February 28, 2017 as a single PDF file (5 MB max.) to applications@eu-gliaphd.eu.
- 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

The brain is the most complex, but also the most vulnerable part of our body. “How does the brain work?” has been among the most frequently asked questions for more than centuries. Elucidation of molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain function is a prerequisite to understand its pathologies and to develop novel and better therapies. It is also essential to disseminate research results, to learn more about patients’ priorities and to help them and their families in understanding the disease burden.

The EU-GliaPhD consortium was formed (1) to train the future generation of neuroscientists, (2) to enhance and improve the communication with the public, and (3) to establish inter-sectorial collaborations between academia and industry.
European neuroscientists joint forces with industrial partners to form the EU-GliaPhD network. In addition, partner organisations from the private sector contribute to training, dissemination, outreach and management. The training-by-research programme will be highly inter-sectorial to address academic AND industrial research requirements as well as to establish interactions with the public via social media and face-to-face with patients’ organisations.
The research itself addresses mechanisms of cell-cell communication in the healthy and the diseased brain. The methodological approaches will cover mouse and human genetics, immunohistochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, advanced microscopy and electrophysiology in vivo and in situ, large neuronal ensemble recordings in freely moving animals, high throughput drug screening and development of novel research instrumentation.