Doctoral Candidate Positions

MITGEST is looking for talented and motivated candidates with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to help the network make significant research breakthroughs. Doctoral Candidates (DCs) will enrol in PhD degree programmes and be employed for 36 months in a network composed of 8 beneficiaries and 11 associated partners from 8 European countries and Israel.

Open Positions


What MITGEST will offer

  • A thorough scientific education in the frame of a doctoral training program.
  • The possibility to participate in specific international courses, workshops and conferences.
  • Strong involvement in a European research project with high international visibility.
  • The possibility to perform research visits to internationally renowned research labs in Europe.
  • A prestigious three-year MSCA Fellowship.

Who can apply

  • Applicants can be of any nationality.
  • Applicants must hold a MSc or equivalent in the field required for the corresponding vacancy.
  • Applicants must be eligible to enrol on a PhD programme at the host institution (or at a designated university in case the host institution is a non-academic organisation).
  • Applicants must have the necessary academic skills and background to make the success of a doctoral degree.
  • MSCA Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not taken into account.

    Additionally, DC applicants must fulfill the local requirements of the recruiting institutions.

Who we are looking for

  • MSc, MRes, MEng, or equivalent in Life Science (Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, etc.), Bioengineering, Physics or a related discipline.
  • Research experience, in particular in cellular and molecular biology techniques.
  • Interested to work in the field of mitochondrial DNA and its gene expression.
  • Appreciation for interdisciplinary work and proactive drive to collaborate across disciplines.
  • Proficient in the English language.

How to apply

  • Download the “Application form” and fill in the required information. 
  • Compile your documents in one pdf file, following the order: 1) application form, 2) maximum two-page motivation letter, 3) CV, 4) copies of transcripts of any obtained degrees and contact details of 5) two possible referees.
  • The application must be written in English.
  • Submit all the above documents via e-mail as a single pdf file to
  • As the subject of your email, please use MITGEST application – your name.
  • The individual DC projects are set to start between 01.04.2023 and 30.06.2023.
Download documents

Download the application form,  open it with a pdf reader and fill in the required information in the boxes or choose from “drop-down”. 

Applications are acccepted by 15 November 2022. You still have
Thank you for your interest, aplications are closed.

Selection process

Our selection procedure for DCs is open, transparent, merit-based and in line with the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

  • After closing the application on 15.11.2022, we will review all documents within two weeks. The timeframe can change in individual cases. 
  • In the next steps of the recruitment process, we will contact chosen candidates and invite them for an interview.
  • The host institution will inform successful candidates within a few weeks after the interview about the outcome.
  • The successful candidate will receive a financial package including mobility and family allowance (if applicable) and will be employed according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers in and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Network (DN) and the general regulations of each host institution.
  • The MSCA-DN will cover three years of full-time research. Final contract length and extension options depend on the host institution.


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