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Innovation in Modelling Placenta for Maternal and Fetal Health
Open 15 PhD positions in a transdisciplinary training program
We are looking for 15-highly motivated candidates to become the next generation of scientists to drive translational research in maternal and fetal health. We will provide you with a 36-month multi-disciplinary PhD training programme coordinated among 11 academic, industrial and clinical institutes.
The principal research aim of iPlacenta is to improve our ability to study, model and visualise the placenta to enhance investigation and prognosis of complicated pregnancies. The clinical conditions of interest are pre-eclampsia and intra-uterine growth restriction. Research topics range from organ-on a chip technology, systems biology, various omics technology, lncRNAs, preclinical in vivo modelling, clinical imaging and medical device technology.
The host network includes prestigious institutes from all over Europe, as listed in the projects below:
Ph.D Projects Available
Background and rationale
Benefits for the candidates
Background and Rationale Two common pregnancy disorders preeclampsia (PE) and intra uterine growth restriction (IUGR) have great societal, patient & economic impact, yet our ability to treat these disorders is limited. The principal research aim of iPLACENTA is to improve our ability to study, model and visualise the placenta to enhance investigation and prognosis of complicated pregnancies such as PE and IUGR. iPLACENTA has developed a multi- disciplinary, network spanning different sectors. The research encompassed in iPLACENTA will boost the translational expertise in Maternal and Fetal Health, training 15 ESRs in translational research by integrating organ-chip technology and mathematical modelling, with innovation in visualising and assessing placenta health in the clinic and in vivo models. The research will interconnect to unlock the complexity of placental disease, providing mechanistic clues for complex diseases, new ways to model placenta function in vitro, validate novel clinical diagnostic tools and characterise animal in vivo models. The Ph.D training programme will equip the ESRs with the necessary skills to meet the challenges of cutting-edge translational research alongside topics such as OpenScience, entrepreneurship, project management and business skills.
Benefits for the candidates Training: You will receive scientific skills in cutting-edge techniques focusing on translational science in expert laboratories, in a highly stimulating and collaborative environment. You will be involved in the particular project offered by the chosen hosting group. In addition, you will receive specialised courses involving business, OpenScience for OpenInnovation and entrepreneurship. Transferable skills will be embedded throughout the project. There will be opportunities for short term secondments in collaborative laboratories within the network. PhD: You will register in the Doctorate program in their host institution or associated University. Salary: You will receive a highly competitive salary according to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions rules. Exact salary will be calculated per country and will include living and mobility allowances. Hosting conditions: Each recruited student will have a supervisory team to develop training and career plans.
Eligibility Criteria In order to be eligible, each applicant must fulfil the following criteria at the time of recruitment:
Mobility Rule: At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment start date.
Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
Qualifications and research experience: The applicant must fulfil the requirements defined for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)
ESRs are researchers who, at the time of recruitment are in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career; and
have NOT yet been awarded the doctorate degree.
Date of recruitment normally means the first day of the employment of the fellow for the purpose of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract).
You need to be flexible to travel throughout the Europe in order to exchange expertise between the partners of iPLACENTA consortia and should be proficient in English.
Employment details Starting date: Expected start date 1st Sept 2018 or thereafter before October 2018 Duration: 36 months Benefits & salary. The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary and employment benefits in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on a predetermined country correction factor, includes living allowance basic gross salary. An approximate guide to salary:
Living allowance basic gross salary ~€3,110 per month. Net salary results from deducting compulsory (employer/employee) social security contribution, as well as direct national and local taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amount.
Mobility allowance of ~€600 per month
Family allowance if applicable ~ €500/month
Additional funding for participation to courses, workshops, conferences, etc. is ensured.