The University of Warwick (Warwick)

15 PhD positions in the BIOMOLMACS Innovative Training Network (Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ITN Project 859416)

University of Warwick

Warwick, United Kingdom

15 PhD positions in the BIOMOLMACS Innovative Training Network (Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ITN Project 859416)

Organization/Company : The University of Warwick; BIOMOLMACS-H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019, Project GA number: 859416
Research Field : Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology
Researcher Profile : First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline : 15/03/2020 00:00 – Europe/Brussels
Location : Multiple locations, see work locations below.
Type of Contract : Temporary
Job Status : Full-time
Hours Per Week : Full-time
EU Research Framework Programme : H2020 / Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number : 859416

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network – BIOMOLMACS invites applications for 15 early-stage researcher (ESR) / PhD positions, available with a starting date in the period April -August 2020. The duration of the appointment is 36 months, full-time employment contract.

BIOMOLMACS will train the next generation of scientists in the area of Molecular Machines. The ESRs will be trained on the design, synthesis, and characterization of such complex (macro)molecular building blocks, their subsequent devices, as well as their utilization in artificial and living cells. A detailed training programme and further information on the consortium are provided on the https://www.biomolmacs.com/training webpage. The main objective of BIOMOLMACS network is to establish a multidisciplinary training network on the emerging topic of molecular machines. The network consists of 9 academic partner institutions and 4 industrial partners from 8 different countries in Europe.
The available ESR positions are (duration of each: 36 months):

Project 1 : Molecular motor based artificial muscles
Host Institution : University of Groningen, Netherlands
Supervisors : Prof. Ben FERINGA
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df0dd09418ace7d6ca822b1/1576066314099/ESR+1+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 2 : Amphiphilic Molecular Motors for Cellular Recognition and Uptake
Host Institution : University of Groningen, Netherlands
Supervisors : Prof. Ben FERINGA
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df0dd249e81783182664cad/1576066340591/ESR+2+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 3 : Transport and synthesis with chemically fuelled molecular motors
Host Institution : University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Supervisors : Prof. David LEIGH
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df0e48433e7090f1f48a920/1576068228459/ESR+3+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 4 : Cell-membrane penetrable glycopolymer anchors
Host Institution : University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Supervisors : Dr. Remzi Becer
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df102bab6832902415119a1/1576075962493/ESR+4+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 5 : Sequence controlled functional polymers for targeted drug delivery
Host Institution : University of Warwick, United Kingdom
Supervisors : Dr. Remzi Becer
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df102cdc4c6bc16efcfdeb3/1576075982205/ESR+5+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 6 : Nanomotor-based cell targeting and sorting
Host Institution : Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Supervisors : Prof. Jan van Hest
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df11f689e817831826ec9d6/1576083304979/ESR+6+Project+Information+Sheet+-2019docx.pdf

Project 7 : Nanomotor-based quorum behavior with directional and rotational control
Host Institution : Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Supervisors : Prof. Jan van Hest
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df11f7fd5d15f7ed7b9c2eb/1576083327428/ESR+7+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 8 : Functional artificial cells from compartmentalized polymersomes
Host Institution : University of Bordeaux, France
Supervisors : Prof. Sébastien Lecommandoux
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df8e70c2969387e13f52f46/1576593165146/ESR+8+Project+Information+Sheet_2019.pdf

Project 9 : Nanomotor-induced motion in synthetic cytoskeletons
Host Institution : SyMO-Chem BV and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Supervisors : Dr. Henk Janssen and Prof. Jan van Hest
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df10687887d561d6cbdeb55/1576076936523/ESR+9+Project+Information+Sheet_2019.pdf

Project 10 : Functional liposomes and polymersomes with selective targeting
Host Institution : Avroxa and University of Ghent, Belgium
Supervisors : Prof. Richard Hoogenboom
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df8e6a1ec20c045b7cbb1b4/1576593058181/ESR+10+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 11 : Biophysical investigations of membrane active agents with single molecule fluorescence microscopy
Host Institution : Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
Supervisors : Prof. Petra Schwille
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df8e0a6cde8ca0f952a7e1e/1576591527189/ESR+11+Project+Information+Sheet+2019.pdf

Project 12 : Artificial organelles in cells
Host Institution : University of Basel, Switzerland
Supervisors : Prof. Wolfgang Meier
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df8e2fa3d69ea478caa16bd/1576592123220/ESR+12+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 13 : Mitochondria targeted ROS mediated polypeptide-drug conjugate delivery platforms
Host Institution : Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe, Spain
Supervisors : Prof. María J. Vicent
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df8e46cec20c045b7cb6a7d/1576592493052/ESR+13+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 14 : Nano-structured vehicles for optimized RNA delivery
Host Institution : Imperial College London, United of Kingdom
Supervisors : Prof. Robin Shattock
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df8e6b3c3d30c78a471fae0/1576593075537/ESR+14+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

Project 15 : Implementation of efficient controlled polypeptide synthesis under validated technologies
Host Institution : Polypeptide Therapeutic Solutions and CIPF, Spain
Supervisors : Dr. Vicent J. Nebot
Link to advert :
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dce95be7ec5e41fc24cdf14/t/5df8e52884bb8c1cff957bbb/1576592680732/ESR+15+Project+Information+Sheet-2019.pdf

For additional information and how to apply, please visit https://www.biomolmacs.com/joinus or see the advert: https://www.biomolmacs.com

Work Location(s) :
2 position(s) available at University of Groningen, Netherlands, Groningen
1 position(s) available at University of Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester
2 position(s) available at University of Warwick, United Kingdom, Coventry
2 position(s) available at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, Eindhoven
1 position(s) available at University of Bordeaux, France, Bordeaux
1 position(s) available at SyMO-Chem BV and Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, Eindhoven
1 position(s) available at Avroxa and University of Ghent, Belgium, Ghent
1 position(s) available at Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany, Martinsried
1 position(s) available at University of Basel, Switzerland, Basel
1 position(s) available at Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe, Spain, Valencia
1 position(s) available at Imperial College London, United of Kingdom, London
1 position(s) available at Polypeptide Therapeutic Solutions and CIPF, Spain, Valencia

Additional Information :
Benefits

Being supervised by excellent group leaders from academia.
The chance to participate in specially developed courses (e.g. on specific techniques, academic soft skills, etc.)
Building new personal and professional network at a very early stage in your career due to the embedding of our PhD projects in an academic and industrial network.
At least one internship (also known as ‘secondment’) to an industrial partner and one to an academic partner in the BIOMOLMACS network, in order to gain new insights into research and into work in the industry. Details can be found in each project description.

Attractive salary plus an allowances package in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) rules and the personal circumstances of the applicant. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the Country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). For further information please visit the EU MSCA website.

Eligibility criteria
The applicants can be of any nationality.
At the time of recruitment, the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

ESR Candidates must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the Master’s degree that would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.

Selection Process
With a single application, you may apply for more than one fellowship within BIOMOLMACS (maximum 12, i.e., one per project partner), in order of preference.

The following documents must be provided:

a) Application form (see attachment)
b) Motivation Letter (describing research career goals, skills, experience, and highlighting the consistency between the candidate’s profile and the chosen ESR position)
c) A complete Curriculum Vitae with references to past research and training experiences
d) Copies of Bachelor and Master’s certificates/diploma & transcripts
e) Two Reference Letters
f) Publications (if available)

Applications should be submitted in English, quoting the project name and the ESR position ‘BIOMOLMACS – ESR X’.
Note: Please select well the most appropriate position for which you would like to apply and do not send your application to more than 2 positions. In your Motivation Letter indicate if you are interested in being considered for any of the other PhD positions in our network (and if you give us permission to share your application with the host of that project). In this way we can ensure a more efficient handling of your application.

BIOMOLMACS recruitment and employment strategy is based on an equal opportunities policy and in full compliance with the principle of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. We value diversity, and do not discriminate based on gender, religion, marital status, age, or cultural background.

BIOMOLMACS seeks to increase the number of women in those scientific areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Additional comments

We will come back to you soon after the application deadline is over. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview (traveling to each partner’s site may not be necessary). Winners will be announced around mid April 2020. Applications received after the deadline might still be considered if the corresponding positions have not been filled yet.

Web site for additional job details
https://www.biomolmacs.com/

Requirements :

Required Education Level : Master Degree or equivalent

Required Languages : English – Excellent
Specific Requirements :

a) You have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of your host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to your recruitment.
b) at the time of recruitment, you are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career (after having obtained your M.Sc. degree) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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