15 PhD positions

Einsatzort: Jena


This project is funded by the Euro­pean Union's Horizon 2020 research and in­no­vation programme (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018).


A call for 15 PhD positions (Early Stage Re­sear­chers, ESRs) is open within the context of the recently granted European Innovative Training Network project "Best-Treat - Building a Gut Microbiome Engineering Toolbox for In-Situ Therapeutic Treatments for Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)". BestTreat is a high profile consortium of 5 universities, 1 research center, 1 hos­pi­tal and 7 companies distributed among Germany, Nether­lands, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Swe­den and China. The collaborative BestTreat net­work aims to train young researchers in (i) under­sta­nding clinical and biological problems linked to NAFLD, (ii) developing technology tailored to solving said prob­lems, and (iii) efficiently translating tech­no­logy, con­si­de­ring commer­cial challenges and regulatory aspects.

Career development and international mobility of re­sear­chers is a key concept within the MSCA ETN frame­work. All nodes of the BestTreat network will par­ti­ci­pate in a thoroughly designed ESR training program that sets emphasis on (i) strengthening cross­dis­ci­plinary skills, (ii) combining cutting-edge research training with vision for innovation and commercial ex­ploi­tation, and (iii) surpassing barriers for knowledge ex­change bet­ween industry and academia.


  • Master's degree in systems biology, human biology, bioengineering, biochemistry or related field
  • Background in computer science, bioinformatics, metabolism and microbiology will be an advantage

Specific Eligibility Criteria on the H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie programme:

  • Early Stage Researcher: At the time of recruitment, the applicants should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Mobility rule: At the time of recruitment, applicants should not have resided or carried out main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.
  • English language: Applicants must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high.

What we offer:

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance. The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 or 48 months, depending on the country of location. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from internships and second­ments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in work-shops and conferences.

Work locations and Applications:

The detailed descriptions of the ESR positions, the work locations and application process are available via this link:


Applications will be evaluated on a running basis. Hiring will take place between September 1st, 2018 and February 1st, 2019.

Additional information about the vacancies can be obtained from

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gianni Panagiotou: Gianni.Panagiotou@hki-jena.de