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12 PhD positions in "Ageing, Stem Cell and Drug Research"

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12 PhD fellowship positions in Ageing, Stem Cell and Drug Research

within the doctoral programme "Ageing, Regeneration, and Drug Research" (ARDRE) at the University of Innsbruck

Located at the Center of Europe and in the heart of the Alps, the University of Innsbruck provides an excellent surrounding for cutting-edge research and learning. At the crossroads of European countries and scientific communities, we offer an inspiring multidisciplinary atmosphere and an outstanding international scientific network. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral programme ARDRE (Ageing, Regeneration, and Drug Research) offers 12 PhD fellowship positions for highly qualified early-stage researchers (ESR) who wish to obtain a doctoral degree with a focus on ageing research, research in stem cells and regeneration, as well as drug research at the University of Innsbruck (UIBK) in Austria.

ARDRE provides structured training in both research-relevant and professional skills by building expertise in the fields of cellular and organismal ageing mechanisms, 2) stem cell and regeneration biology and 3) drug discovery, in a well-coordinated network structure. Our mission is to transfer advanced knowledge of ageing and regeneration mechanisms, as well as innovative drug research to the next generation of scientists, and train the ESR at the highest level possible.

The University of Innsbruck offers an excellent research environment and high-level training, which benefits from a team of group leaders from nine departments contributing to teaching, co-supervision and international networking. This international scientific community will enable the PhD students to participate in short research visits and international secondments. Collaborations with various renowned research institutions exist, for example University of California at Davis (USA), Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg), University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Leeds (UK), University of Padova (Italy), Technical University of Dresden (Germany) and University of Galway (Ireland). ARDRE fellows work in a stimulating international and interdisciplinary research environment, with an individual mentoring programme that will provide an excellent basis for a future career in academia or industry. Information on all participating groups, potential supervisors and descriptions of the suggested research topics are provided at

The requested research group(s) or topic(s) should be indicated in the application. The PhD research work should preferably start between January 2020 and March 2020, or as soon as possible after. We offer an employment contract for 4 years, with an annual gross salary of 40’103 EUR (susceptible to taxes) for 40 hour/week employment. All PhD fellows will be liable to full medical and social contributions according to the Austrian federal legislation, implying a retirement scheme and (partly paid) parental leave.

For application submit the following documents by email (as a single, named document in PDF format using "lastname_firstname.pdf") until Nov 15th 2019 to the following address:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Declaration of research interests and indication of the desired research topic. This must include a statement (approximately one page) why the selected project is of interest for the ESR; if a proposal from the list of Thesis topics is chosen, please use the three-letters-one-number abbreviations provided there.
  • In case that an own project (different from the suggested topics) is proposed by the applicant, the supervisor representing this research field has to be contacted in advance and asked for a letter in support of the project (see the list of Supervisors). An Ethics Assessment Form will have to be completed by all applicants who propose own research topics.
  • CV, including a list of previous scientific expertise, skills, and publications (if applicable)
  • Scanned copies of transcripts of records for BSc and the Master (or equivalent degree) including the diplomas. (Only documents proofing the conclusion of the studies will be accepted. Intermediate certificates or confirmations, temporary transcripts etc. are accepted only if these include all information also provided by the final documents. Please check our Guideline to Translation and Authentication: documents will also have to be provided in the original before acquiring a job and study contract.)
  • Proof of fluency in English at minimum B2 level (Upper Intermediate English; e.g. studies in English or an internationally accepted certificate)
  • Listing of two academic reference persons, including contact details, who can be contacted for a letter of reference
  • MSc thesis (or equivalent), as submitted to the applicant's university (if already available). If the MSc thesis is not yet available, provide a one-page summary of your MSc research.

PhD students are selected on the basis of their application materials and Skype and/or personal interviews at the University of Innsbruck. We invite applications from highly qualified and motivated students of any nationality and we are looking forward to your application for a PhD fellowship in our program.

The ARDRE programme has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847681.