Admission

We advertise 10 PhD positions available in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network ETERNITY- FuEl ThE bRaiN In healtThY aging and age-related diseases.

The 10 Doctoral Candidates (DCs) will be part of an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral network that includes expert in the field of metabolism and neurodegenerative disorders, bioinformatic systems biology methods, and cell-based therapies.


The main objectives of ETERNITY are the following:

1

To dissect the major pathways that control energy metabolism in different brain cells in physiology, during aging, and in response to specific diets

2

To determine specific metabolic pathways altered in Alzheimer’s Disease

3

To design and test interventional strategies for altered brain metabolism in age-related disorders

Each DC will attend training activities provided by the respective Doctoral Schools and by the ETERNITY consortium. Furthermore, secondments in ETERNITY consortium are planned as detailed in the following table:

Planned secondments for all the ETERNITY DCs

DC

DC 1 (UMIL)

DC 2 (UMIL)

DC 3 (UMIL)

DC 4 (INSERM)

DC 5 (INSERM)

DC 6 (DZNE)

DC 7 (DZNE)

DC 8 (USAL)

DC 9 (USAL)

DC 10 (AVENCELL)

Academic
secondments

DZNE (3 M)

USAL (7 M)

DZNE (7 M)

USAL (7 M)

DZNE (7 M)

USAL (5 M)

INSERM (7 M)

INSERM (7 M)

UMIL (7 M)

DZNE (7 M)

Non-academic
secondments

AVENCELL (6M)

EBC (2 M)

EBC (2 M)

SOFINOL
NESTLÉ (2 M)

SPARK-BIH (2 M)

EBC (2 M)

SOFINOL
NESTLÉ (2 M)

SPARK-BIH (2 M)

SOFINOL
NESTLÉ (2 M)

EBC (2 M)

Student advisory
panel

E. Marcello, M. Di Luca, D. Bano, A. Enhinger

N. Mitro, D. Scheggia, J.P. Bolaños, Aarts Kristien

N. Mitro, E. Marcello, D. Bano, Aarts Kristien

A. Nadjar, J.P. Bolaños, D. Savioli

A. Nadjar, M. Capasso, T. Rosenmund

D. Bano, M. Capasso, J.P. Bolaños, Aarts Kristien

M. Capasso, D. Bano, A. Nadjar, D. Savioli

J.P. Bolaños, A. Almeida, A. Nadjar, T. Rosenmund

J.P. Bolaños, A. Almeida, N. Mitro, D. Savioli

A. Enhinger, D. Enhinger, Aarts Kristien

DC Recruitment Process

Each DC will receive a 36-month grant to cover their participation costs, living, travel and installation allowance, family allowance, as reported in the following table.

The reported amount is referred to gross salary (€/month) before tax.
Please note that taxation may vary according to country.

Living allowance*​

3.311,6 €

Mobility allowance

600 €

Family allowance

495 €

Living allowance*​

3.957,6 €

Mobility allowance

600 €

Family allowance

495 €

Living allowance*​

3.342,2 €

Mobility allowance

600 €

Family allowance

495 €

Living allowance*​

3.104,2 €

Mobility allowance

600 €

Family allowance

495 €

Living allowance*​

3.342,2 €

Mobility allowance

600 €

Family allowance

495 €

*This amount varies because of the application of a correction coefficient to the living allowance of the country in which the researcher will be recruited.

Eligibility requirements​

There are strict eligibility requirements for the DC positions enrolled trough the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action-Doctoral Network. Each DC will be employed according to the financial and eligibility rules reported in the EU document.

Main requirements

1. Supported researchers must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment (Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible).

2. Researchers must be enrolled in a doctoral programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree in at least one EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country.

3. Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule: they 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 in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date.

4. For ‘International European Research Organisations’ (IERO), ‘international organisations’, or entities created under Union law, the researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment in the same appointing organisation.

5. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent by the researcher as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account.

Additional eligibility criteria are required by the ETERNITY consortium

• Admission to the programme is open to applicants who hold a 2nd Level Master’s Degree (120 ECTS + 180 ECTS in a bachelor’s degree) or a Single Cycle Degree (minimum 300 ECTS), or a comparable university degree (Second Cycle qualification), as required by the partner universities for admission to doctoral studies. Applicants are expected to achieve their degree within June 30th, 2023. They must submit a certified copy of any degree achieved by the deadline of June 30th, 2023.

• Highly motivated and science-driven person holding a master’s degree or equivalent in Life Science or related disciplines. A background in metabolism and/or neuroscience or related areas of biology (e.g., neurobiology, molecular biology, (epi)-genetics) is an added value. We offer exciting and fully funded research projects; committed mentorships; an excellent scientific environment in major centers for translational neuroscience research; access to a well-structured network of hands on-activities as well as doctoral programs at the associated Universities.

• Applicant must hold an English language certificate.

• Candidates applying for a DC at UNIMIL must hold an English language certificate at least B2 level or higher under the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Language-proficiency certification must have been issued within three years prior to submission (two for the TOEFL), and must certify proficiency across all four areas: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Exception are students who have earned a Master’s degree in a program taught entirely in English who can upload a document certified by their university attesting the teaching language instead of the language certificate.

Please ensure you hold all the eligibility criteria (those set by the EU programme and those set by the ETERNITY consortium) before applying since ineligible candidates cannot be considered.

Selection criteria

The DC will be selected according to the following criteria
(in random order):

• Scientific skills and research experience
• Ability to collaborate and communicate
• Career profile and potential for excellence
• Expected impact of the proposed training on their career.

 

Questions and contacts

For further information please contact us

eternity@unimi.it

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