Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers within the ITN-ProtoMet project

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    08/02/2019 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Italy, Trento
    CIBIO - University of Trento

The ProtoMet project is a European Training Network funded within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie action by the Framework Programme of the European Union for Research and Innovation Horizon2020.

ProtoMet will offer the opportunity to motivated international Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to address the tremendous challenge of understanding how prebiotic chemistry gave rise to life by training a new generation of scientists to think big, but also to work methodically and logically alongside colleagues from academia and industry.

Eight Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be recruited to work in laboratories with expertise in systems chemistry, synthetic biology, microfluidics, and science philosophy to develop together a reconstituted protometabolism within compartments consisting of coacervates, vesicles, coacervate containing vesicles, and compartments etched into microfluidic chips.


2- Open PhD Positions for ESRs (3-year fellowships; for application details and deadlines, see the full advertisement description at this link: https://webmagazine.unitn.it/en/news/cibio/51052/european-itn-project-pr... )

Project Code

Recruiting Institution

Host Beneficiary Organization

Title of the project


University College London

Department of Chemistry

Peptide Catalysed Triose Glycolysis


University of Strasbourg

Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramolé

Towards homochirality through the reductive amination of ketoacids with transition metal peptide complexes


University of Trento

Department CIBIO

Developing a primordial aconitase and iron-sulfide peptide catalysts


Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Elucidating the effect of coacervate compartments on metabolic reaction networks


ETH Zurich

Department of Material

Lipid vesicles as protometabolic enhancers


University of the Basque Country

Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science & Biofisika Institute

Exploring ‘minimal metabolism’ as a central concept for understanding the origins of life and developing systems biology


Cherry Biotech

Cherry Biotech (enrolment of doctoral studies at University of Strasbourg)

A microfluidic platform for protometabolism


Elvesys Sas

Elvesys Sas (enrolment of doctoral studies at University of Strasbourg)

A microfluidic platform for protometabolism and formation of droplets



3- Fellowships

Successful candidates will receive a salary/fellowship in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers (living allowance)[1], including a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if applicable). Funding is guaranteed for 36 months. In addition to their individual scientific projects, the successful candidates will benefit from continuing education opportunities, including participation in internships and international secondments with academic and industrial partners, plus a variety of training modules, workshops and conferences.

4 – Applicants’ eligibility requirements

Candidates must demonstrate eligibility according to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions[2] eligibility requirements, as follows:

  • Researcher status: Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) are young researchers who, at the date of recruitment[3], are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Nationality: Applicant ESRs can be of any nationality.
  • Mobility requirements: Applicant ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months within the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment[4].

[1] see Work Programme 2018-2020 available on the Participant Portal Reference Documents page http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-msca_en.pdf

[2] See details in the Guide for applicants Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) 2018, at the link http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/guides_for_applicants/h2020-guide-appl-msca-itn_en.pdf

[3] The first day of employment of the Fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment /fellowship contract or equivalent direct contract).

[4] Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.


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