PhD positions in the MSCA project CORVOS on the topic of complement in opportunistic infections

 Medical University of Innsbruck  Innsbruck (Österreich)
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie project CORVOS is funded as an Innovative Training Network (ITN) – European Joint Doctorate (EJD). To keep it simple, one can say that CORVOS is an European-wide doctoral programme. Its focus lies on education of early stage researchers (ESRs) in the field of complement in opportunistic infections. This interdisciplinary doctoral programme is supported by 10 European universities, 2 research institutes, 3 biomedical companies and 3 hospitals, as explained here. The ESRs will have enhanced career perspectives in the academic and non-academic sectors through international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set.
The CORVOS project is centrally managed from Innsbruck. However, the 5 offered PhD positions are distributed across Europe:
  • Oslo, Norway - University of Oslo
  • Copenhagen, Denmark - Region Hovedstaden/University of Copenhagen
  • Lübeck, Germany - University of Lübeck
  • Paris, France - INSERM/Sorbonne University
  • Helsinki, Finland - University of Helsinki
Please find the detailed project descriptions below and on our homepage: https://corvos.eu/content/home/application/

Activities and responsibilities

The 5 projects have the following short-descriptions:

Project NO-1

Inhibition of Candida-induced complement lectin pathway activation in a porcine model
Your main university will be University of Oslo (Norway) with Prof. Mollnes as supervisor. You will have a 7-month research secondment at University of Copenhagen with Prof. Garred as supervisor, where you continue to scientifically work on your thesis project. You will have a 1-month clinical training at RCB Clinics (Borstel, Germany) and you will have a 1-month entrepreneur training at SVAR (Malmö, Sweden). Finally, you will receive a PhD issued by University of Copenhagen and University of Oslo if you fulfil the respective requirements.
Please read the full project description at https://corvos.eu/content/home/application/ .

Project DK-2
Inflammatory mechanisms in opportunistic fungal infections and complement diagnostics and monitoring
Your main university will be University of Copenhagen with Prof. Garred as supervisor. You will have a 7-month research secondment at University of Oslo (Norway) with Prof. Mollnes as supervisor, where you continue to scientifically work on your thesis project. You will have a 1-month clinical training at Tirol Kliniken Innsbruck (Austria) and you will have a 1-month entrepreneur training at SVAR (Malmö, Sweden). Furthermore, you will have a 6-month industrial research secondment at SVAR. Finally, you will receive a PhD issued by University of Copenhagen and University of Oslo, if you fulfil the respective requirements.
Please read the full project description at https://corvos.eu/content/home/application/ .

Project DE-1
Characterization of C5aR2 expression and function in Toxoplasma gondii infection
Your main university will be University of Lübeck (Germany). You will have a 6-months research secondment at Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria), where you continue to scientifically work on your thesis project. You will have a further 6-months research secondment at Hycult Biotech (Uden, Netherlands) where you will generate and characterize C5aR2-specific mAbs. You will have a 1-month clinical training at University Hospital Helsinki (Finland) and you will have a 1-month entrepreneur training at Hycult Biotech. Finally, you will receive a PhD issued by University of Lübeck and Medical University of Innsbruck if you fulfil the respective requirements.
Please read the full project description at https://corvos.eu/content/home/application/ .

Project FR-1
Improving our understanding of the Meningococcal Disease with the Genomic sequencing for variants in complement genes
Your main university will be Sorbonne University (France) with Prof. Fremeaux-Bacchi as supervisor. You will have a 12-months research secondment at University of Helsinki (Finland) with Prof. Meri as supervisor, where you continue to scientifically work on your thesis project. You will have a 1-month clinical training at Tirol Kliniken Innsbruck (Austria) and you will have a 1-month entrepreneur training at MSD Finland (Helsinki, Finland). Finally, you will receive a PhD issued by Sorbonne University and University of Helsinki if you fulfil the respective requirements.
Please read the full project description at https://corvos.eu/content/home/application/ .

Project FI-2
Complement escape by malaria parasites
Your main university will be University of Helsinki (Finland) with Prof. Meri as supervisor. You will have a 12-months research secondment at Sorbonne University (France) with Prof. Fremeaux-Bacchi as supervisor, where you continue to scientifically work on your thesis project. You will have a 1-month clinical training at Tirol Kliniken Innsbruck (Austria) and you will have a 1-month entrepreneur training at RCB (Borstel, Germany). Finally, you will receive a PhD issued by Sorbonne University and University of Helsinki if you fulfil the respective requirements.
Please read the full project description at https://corvos.eu/content/home/application/ .

Qualification profile

We are looking for highly qualified and motivated aspiring PhD students from any nationality with an open-minded and very enterprising personality, capable of working in collaborative and integrated research groups. Ideal candidates should possess a good scientific drive and a strong motivation to succeed.
  • You have a full study completing degree (Master, Magister, Diploma, MD) in medicine, natural sciences or related disciplines until September 2020
  • You are an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) – you either just finished your studies, or you have worked less than 4 years as an employee in the biomedical sector after obtaining your degree
  • You have to show academic excellence, scientific potential, flexibility, motivation and suitability for the research project
  • You have the willingness to stay abroad for 3 years from your current residence and willingness to travel through Europe
  • You comply with the mobility rule for Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN fellows – Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting university for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. This will be thoroughly checked.

If you are fascinated by the CORVOS programme & meet the requirements, please apply as described on our homepage We are looking for highly qualified and motivated aspiring PhD students from any nationality with an open-minded and very enterprising personality, capable of working in collaborative and integrated research groups. Ideal candidates should possess a good scientific drive and a strong motivation to succeed.
  • You have a full study completing degree (Master, Magister, Diploma, MD) in medicine, natural sciences or related disciplines until September 2020
  • You are an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) – you either just finished your studies, or you have worked less than 4 years as an employee in the biomedical sector after obtaining your degree
  • You have to show academic excellence, scientific potential, flexibility, motivation and suitability for the research project
  • You have the willingness to stay abroad for 3 years from your current residence and willingness to travel through Europe
  • You comply with the mobility rule for Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN fellows – Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting university for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. This will be thoroughly checked.

If you are fascinated by the CORVOS programme & meet the requirements, please apply as described on our homepage for up to two projects: https://corvos.eu/content/home/application/

We offer

We have currently 5 PhD positions on offer, your benefits are:
  • Individual supervision & monitoring (individual thesis steering committee)
  • A highly structured, international CORVOS-specific educational programme
  • A one-month industrial training in one of our biomedical partner companies
  • A one-month clinical training in one of our partner hospitals
  • Funded 6-12-months research exchange to a European partner university of CORVOS
  • A \"double\" PhD degree issued by your main university and the partner university you will visit for 6 months
  • Annual meetings with other Marie Curie fellows of CORVOS
  • Interaction with other European doctoral programmes, such as HOROS or IRTG1911
  • You will build up a very attractive professional network for your future
  • State of the art facilities and resources
  • Very competitive salary, that is higher than average for a PhD position in the respective country
  • A mobility allowance of 600€/month on top of the salary, that will be added automatically
  • A family allowance of 500€/month on top of the salary, if married or in a registered relationship

Send application to

please go to our homepage and read carefully the instructions for application:
https://corvos.eu/content/home/application/

Marco Grasse
corvos.application@gmail.com

While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: CORVOS-Jobvector

About Medical University of Innsbruck

The Medical University of Innsbruck received a huge EU funded research grant. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie project CORVOS is funded as an Innovative Training Network (ITN) – European Joint Doctorate (EJD). To keep it simple, one can say that CORVOS is an European-wide doctoral programme. Its focus lies on education of early stage researchers (ESRs) in the field of complement in opportunistic...
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