European Training Network

15 PhD Student positions

1 PhD position call for applications

Applications are invited from candidates of excellence wishing to pursue a PhD degree in the field of cancer cell biology. Students will receive training within a pan-European academic/private sector research training network, specifically focused on breast and colorectal cancer research. Please see the project descriptions below for further information.

Required documents: a full CV, BSc and MSc transcripts, your MSc thesis and a motivation letter including a description of previous research experiences and contact details or recommendation letters of two 2 referees. Only documents in English will be accepted.

Submission: Applicants should submit the documentation to, writing on the subject line the number of project (Project 2.7) by December 8th, 11:00 PM (CET).

Each Early Stage Researcher (ESR) within SECRET-ITN will be the driving force of an Individual Research Project (IRP), to be completed within 3 years. The ERS will be hosted in one of the beneficiaries’ labs, and will have the opportunity to complement his/her work with at least two secondments within beneficiary or partner institutions.


Who can apply?

Applicants shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.

Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date*. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Secondments. The recruited researchers will be seconded to other beneficiaries and/or to partner organisations for duration of up to 30% of their recruitment period. Normal practice during secondments is for the researchers to keep their contract with the sending institution, which also pays their travel and subsistence expenses (e.g. accommodation). During their secondment, researchers receive supervision and training at the premises of the receiving beneficiary or partner organisation.

* recruitment date = the start date of the work

Job openings at a glance:

Work Package 1 – Mechanisms

There are currently no job openings.

Work Package 2 – Biomarkers

IRP 2.7 – Development of a method and tools to predict drug targets for cancer within the secretory pathway

IRP 2.7 – Development of a method and tools to predict drug targets for cancer within the secretory pathway

Project description:

Cell proliferation requires an increased rate of protein synthesis and need to sort and secrete those proteins through the secretory pathway. Understanding secretory pathway regulation is thus a basis for the development of therapeutic strategies targeting secretion and thus aberrant cancer proliferation. The goal of this project is to develop and validate a systems-biology-based tool that can predict druggable secretory pathway proteins in cancer by combining combinatorial optimization and machine learning techniques.

Skills and Qualifications:

· The candidate should hold an MSc with thesis in computer science or related disciplines. 

· 3 year duration

Location: Tel Aviv University, Israel

Principal Investigator: Prof. Roded Sharan (TAU)

Collaborators: Prof Hesso Farhan, University of Oslo, Norway (UiO) and Prof. Tilman Brummer, University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany (UKLFR)