European Space Agency (ESA)

biomedical PhD students (m/f/d)

University Medical Center Mainz, Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis


15 doctoral student positions in the biomedical MSCA Innovative Training Network “Thrombo-Inflammation in Cardiovascular Disease” (TICARDIO)

TICARDIO seeks 15 biomedical doctoral students of academic excellence

Applications open: March 22, 2019
Application deadline: July 15, 2019

TICARDIO – an international, interdisciplinary joint doctoral degree program, as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks within Horizon 2020 – will train the next generation of biomedical researchers in excellent laboratories of major multidisciplinary research hubs at the Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis (CTH) of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Medical Center Mainz (Germany), the School for Cardiovascular Diseases (CARIM) of Maastricht University (Netherlands), the Center for Cardiovascular and Nutrition Research (C2VN) at Aix-Marseille Université in Marseille (France), and the Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften – ISAS – e.V. in Dortmund (Germany).

European Joint Doctorate Program

Fifteen fully-funded PhD students will start their project between June and October 2019. PhD degrees will be issued jointly by two University partners, this will require doctoral students to split their time between institutions and be mobile across the network. This involves a 6-12 months stay at a second institution plus a 2-3 month secondment at a non-academic partner organization. Doctoral students will participate in network-wide TICARDIO training activities and conferences, and local graduate school training.


TICARDIO’s program is designed to discover and validate new interactions in the crosstalk between vasculature- and blood-driven inflammatory and prothrombotic processes, and to identify diagnostic biomarkers and potential targets of intervention. The scientific projects are intertwined and require scientists with diversified skills to exploit a broad range of new techniques in imaging, flow cytometry, proteomics with high-throughput protein profiling, multiplex microfluidic assays, and various coagulation assays. These techniques are applied to in vitro and in vivo studies, using the newest experimental models of thrombosis and inflammation. Providing these diverging techniques lays beyond the possibilities of a single institute, but will be essential to decipher the complex deregulated interactions in blood and vessel wall, causing thrombo-inflammation.

For a list and description of projects, please visit


Each position is fully funded for 3 years, including salary with national social security contributions, research consumables and conference travel. No tuition or bench fees apply.


  • Candidates must hold a Master degree (or equivalent) in the biomedical sciences or a similar field.
  • Innovative Training Networks are limited to researchers who, at the time of recruitment, are in the first four years of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Strict mobility rule: At the time of recruitment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their recruiting institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

How to Apply

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TICARDIO receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 813409.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Ref. 50056785