Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN :MEDICIS-PROMED
The EU-funded Horizon 2020 programme has two main strategic objectives: to strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry and to encourage its international competitiveness, while promoting research that supports EU policies.
MEDICIS-PROMED, MEDICIS-produced radioisotope beams for medicine, is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions within H2020. MEDICIS-PROMED started on 1 April 2015 for a duration of 4 years.
For its research posts, MEDICIS-PROMED is recruiting 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). Eleven positions are funded by the EU, three of which will be recruited by CERN, with a further eight at the premises of MEDICIS-PROMED partners in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom, and four funded by the Swiss Confederation for recruitment by Swiss partners.
Two positions remain: at CERN (ESR 1) and at the University of Leuven (ESR 11).
MEDICIS-PROMED will develop a network of academic, medical and industrial partners providing an extensive doctoral programme to 11 ESRs and 4 Swiss-supported ESRs (ESRCH) in the field of new personalized treatments using radioisotope beams, notably for treatment of ovarian cancer, exploiting the newly discovered tumour endothelial marker 1 (TEM1/endosialin) for targeting the cancerous tissues.
CERN is the coordinating partner of MEDICIS-PROMED and will collaborate with local hospitals which can exploit short-lived isotopes produced in the newly constructed CERN-MEDICIS facility. It fits within an extended network of high-technology companies and leading academic research institutes which will design new components for the development or tests of innovative radiopharmaceuticals and imaging agents for personalized treatment. It brings world-class researchers together in the field of lasers and isotope mass separation, accelerators, material science, oncology, entrepreneurial radiopharmaceutical production, and imaging, to propose new solutions to the 2nd deadliest cancer for women. In addition, the network will benefit from the coaching of the pioneer of personalized PET-imaging aided carbon hadron therapy recently tested in Japan.
How can you take part?
If you are an enthusiastic and talented student or young professional thinking of doing a doctorate, you could be a good candidate. If successful, you will be offered an employment contract with a maximum duration of 3 years in order to obtain your PhD degree with one of the European universities which are involved in MEDICIS-PROMED.
In addition to the scientific research and training, complementary training (such as communication and management) will enhance researchers' career prospects in both the public and private sectors
For detailed information on the position offered, please see the MEDICIS-PROMED web site.
ESRs must, at the time of recruitment
- (i) be in possession of a university degree, and (ii) have a maximum of four years of full-time research experience, including any period of research training, after obtaining the degree which formally allowed them to embark on a doctorate in the country in which the degree/diploma was obtained or in the host country (irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged).
- ESRs cannot be PhD holders at the start of their employment contract.
- The European Commission's mobility rules state : 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 reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account. In the case of CERN positions, applicants cannot have been at CERN for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
- Proficiency in English is required; training in other languages can be provided through the ITN's training budget.
Applications should include:
- a completed electronic application form;
- a Curriculum Vitae;
- a copy of the last (highest) qualification;
- a short letter of motivation;
- three letters of recommendation to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.
The application and ALL supporting documents should be submitted using the e-recruitment system by the application deadline.
- Attractive remuneration under employment contract for 36 months.
- In accordance with the European Commission's allowances for ITNs, there is an additional training allowance to cover training activities, conference attendance, etc.
- Employment contracts must start by 1 April 2016 at the latest.
- Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date and will include a video interview. In the event of an interview at the premises of the partner, MEDICIS-PROMED will cover travel costs.