Recruitment Procedure

Call for 10 PhD fellowships within the “European Network on Anti-Cancer Immuno-Therapy Improvement by modification of CAR and TCR Interactions and Nanoscale Geometry”


Required education level:
Master or equivalent in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, physics, biophysics engineering, medical sciences.

Applicants must be in possession of/ in the last part of the program leading to the degree (usually the Master Degree) in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, (Bio-)Physics, Engineering, Medical Sciences which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher will be recruited. The exact requirements to start the PhD program vary from university to university, and have to be clarified in each individual case. Students that are still in the course of obtaining the qualifying degree should include an official declaration by their program director specifying the date at which the degree will be awarded.

Good communication, reading and writing skills in English.

Eligibility criteria:
As mandated by EU regulations, applicants shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. They should also fulfill the mobility rule: at the time of recruitment by the host organization, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the hiring date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Equal Opportunities:
All recruiting institutions are equal opportunity employers and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Selection process:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the individual group leaders before submitting their applications. Applications have to include a CV (no gap time will be allowed in order to verify fulfillment of the mobility and 3 year rules), including a valid e-mail address and telephone number, a copy of university and, if obtained, master or equivalent degree, a transcript of academic grades (including an explanation of the grading system), a letter of motivation, one or more recommendation letters and a list of the 3 projects they are most interested in, listing the project numbers and titles in order of preference. These documents should be sent in a single pdf file to the consortium’s e-mail address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) mentioning in the subject line: EN-ACTI2NG application and the numbers of the 3 projects in preferred order (e.g, “EN-ACTI2NG application PhD5, PhD8, PhD2”).
After a first check of fulfillment of the EU-mandated eligibility criteria and requested documentation, CVs will be forwarded to the group leaders. Group leaders will contact the best 3 applicants for each position for an interview via Skype and/or will invite them for an interview. You may be contacted by various group leaders. Unfortunately, due to the expected volume of applications we will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates.
We will evaluate applicants for their grades, their previous research experience, their motivation and recommendations and their ability to communicate in English.

Application deadline:
We will follow a rolling recruitment procedure, but the final deadline will be May 1, 2017.

Hiring date:
As soon as possible after the application deadline and evaluation procedure, but at the very latest on January 1, 2018

The ESRs will be employed under a 3 year contract according to the legislation of the hosting country and will be covered under the social security scheme of the hosting country. They will receive a generous Living Allowance, a Mobility Allowance and a Family Allowance (where applicable) compliant with the applicable EC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – ITN general conditions. Please note that contributions to social security (both employer and employee part) and taxes will be deducted according to the applicable regulations of each country (for more information see: H2020 MSCA-WP16-17 page 69 of 72) .