Early Stage Researchers in the BioCapture EU Training Network
BioCapture is a European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action. 15 research groups, spread across 11 universities and institutes and 4 industrial partners in 6 different countries have come together to train a new generation of chemists/phycisists/biologists through an EU-wide PhD training network.
To find new and better ways to diagnose and treat cancer is one of the most pressing tasks for researchers today. The transformation from a normal cell into a malignant tumor cell is a multistage process, typically a progression where cells become gradually less susceptible to treatment. Early diagnosis where the cancer is still curable is therefore crucial. This emphasizes the need for sensitive, robust and affordable diagnostic tools that can sense the cellular state, commonly in the form of tumor specific protein markers, early in the process.
We offer 11 early-stage researcher (ESR) positions across Europe dedicated to find new solutions to cancer diagnostics and improve our understanding of the disease. Each ESR will be enrolled in a PhD program and complete a specially designed training schedule while performing research and innovation projects at their host organisation. In this interdisciplinary project we will design high affinity responsive molecular capture materials targeting tumor specific markers. Molecularly imprinted polymers or “plastic antibodies” and other smart materials will be developed and used to detect and sense previously inaccessible tumor markers or to discover novel disease biomarkers. The training program is aimed at developing a research-oriented, creative and innovative mindset while conveying crucial theoretical insight into the key topics. This is an excellent preparation for a future career in academia or in industry.
Who can apply? Details on the 11 individual positions are available at http://biocapture.mah.se. The positions will be filled starting February 1st and ending November 1, 2017. To qualify as an ESR in the BioCapture network you must:
• be in the first four years of your research career, since, e.g. completion of your masters'
• not already possess a doctorate degree,
• be willing to move to a country within the network in which you have not lived for more than 12 months over the last 3 years,
• be proficient in both written and spoken English.
This information is also available through the BioCapture website at
What to do? Please express your interest in these offerings by sending a 2-page CV and 1-page cover letter, listing your favoured projects in order of preference, to BioCapemail@example.com. We will then direct successful candidates to the official recruitment sites of the partner responsible for the project. Note that only expressions of interest submitted through to BioCapfirstname.lastname@example.org will be considered.
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