15 PhD Positions in the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN project RenalToolBox

15 PhD Positions in the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ITN project RenalToolBox

Various across the consortium

Various, United Kingdom

Applications are invited for 15 PhD/Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions fully funded by the EU’s Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network RenalToolBox.

RenalToolBox consists of 16 high-profile research, industry, charity and medical organisations across several EU countries and Malaysia working together towards the development of novel tools and technologies to assess the safety and efficacy of cell‑based regenerative medicine therapies for kidney disease. We are looking for talented early career researchers to embark on a PhD degree in the fields of stem cell biology, imaging science, medical sciences, mathematics or chemistry. All positions are open from early 2019 and based in the United Kingdom, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy. More information about the network’s goals and each individual project can be found on our website http://www.renaltoolbox.org.

Research topics in this project include:

  • Characterisation of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSCs).
  • Assessing the efficacy of MSCs as regenerative medicine therapies for kidney diseases.
  • Development of a panel of novel biomarkers to assess kidney disease progression/regression.
  • Understanding the mechanisms of action of MSCs in kidney diseases, including the role of extracellular vesicles and immunomodulatory effects.
  • Development of new tracers and diagnostic devices to assess kidney function.
  • Monitoring of cell trafficking and renal function using state-of-the-art imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging, bioluminescence imaging, multispectral optoacoustic tomography, computed tomography and nuclear imaging.
  • Use of advanced optical microscopy methods (confocal and light sheet microscopy) to analyse intact kidneys.
  • Multi-scale modelling for accurately assessing different aspects of renal function simultaneously.
  • More details are available in the individual job descriptions listed on our website: http://renaltoolbox.org/job-positions/


  • Be part of a team of leading scientists improving healthcare.
  • Prestigious EU fellowship.
  • Develop multidisciplinary research skills.
  • Excellent training programme covering renal and stem cell biology, business skills, state-of-the-art imaging technologies, among others.
  • Establish a professional network in academia and industry.
  • Secondments and visits to partners in different countries.

Specific Requirements

  • Be in the first four years (full time equivalent) of your research career. This is measured from the date when you obtained a degree which formally entitles you to embark on a doctorate.
  • Not yet have a doctoral degree.
  • At the time of selection by the host organisation, have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • Have the ability to understand and express yourself in both written and spoken English.
  • Fulfil the specific recruitment criteria of the position you are interested in.

Selection process

  • Deadline for submitting applications: 30 November 2018
  • Shortlisting: 20 December 2018
  • Interviews: January/February 2019
  • Start date: early 2019…

Please apply via recruiter’s website.