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19 PhD positions in Chemistry / Bio(techno)logy @ UMCG

19 PhD positions in Chemistry / Bio(techno)logy @ UMCG

19 PhD positions in Chemistry / Bio(techno)logy @ UMCG | Groningen. Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite with a classification in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU, the QS World University Rankings, and the THE World University Rankings. The University of Groningen marks the 24th place in the global ranking of Best Places to Work in Academia 2012, published by the American journal The Scientist. According to this classification, the University of Groningen scores 5th non-US university and number 3 in Europe.

19 PhD positions in Chemistry / Bio(techno)logy @ UMCG | Groningen

19 PhD positions in Chemistry, Bio(techno)logy, Nano- and Medical Sciences (216176-88)

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) was established in 2005 as a joint activity of the University of Groningen and the Academic Hospital Groningen (AZG). At present, the UMCG is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands. More than 10,000 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education and perform cutting-edge scientific research, focused on ‘healthy and active ageing’.

Job description
• Are you in the first four years of your research career, or will you graduate before December 1st, 2016?
• Do you have a background in (bio)chemistry, molecular (micro)biology, biotechnology, synthetic biology, applied physics, nanoscience, biomedical sciences or pharmacy?
• Are you interested in doing your PhD in high profile research institutes and with renowned supervisors?
• Would you like to move to the Netherlands and/or have you not lived in the Netherlands for longer than 12 months in the last three years?

Then apply for our exciting research on the development of novel antimicrobials and delivery strategies, and become part of the next generation of antimicrobial experts.

The ALERT-COFUND international PhD programme, jointly hosted by the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen (The Netherlands), offers 19 high level fellowships for a joint programme on antimicrobial research. The ALERT program aims to empower fellows to become the next generation of antimicrobial experts, who take a leading position in tackling the challenge of emerging multidrug resistant bacteria.
The most talented and motivated students will be selected for a 4-year advanced multidisciplinary research training, starting December 2016. Fellows will obtain specialist training through cutting-edge research projects, specialist advanced courses and training schools, complemented by workshops on generic research and transferable skills. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to go abroad on international secondments at leading places in academia and industry.
Joint research programme on novel tailor-made antimicrobials and delivery strategies
The current overuse of antibiotics is leading to the emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria. These MDR pathogens continue to evolve at a terrifying rate and confer resistance to most or all presently available antibacterial treatments. Antimicrobial resistance is an eminent global problem that calls for an integrated approach that surpasses disciplines, sectors and borders.

The ALERT programme aims to develop novel tailor-made antimicrobials and delivery strategies, from synthesis towards clinical applications. Under the supervision of top scientists in different fields and sectors related to antimicrobial research, 19 PhD’s will conduct research within four main areas:
• Chemical synthesis of antimicrobials (5 PhD’s)
To investigate methods that drastically shorten the time for identifying and preparing novel antimicrobial molecules, using innovative chemical synthesis approaches.
• Biotechnological production of antimicrobials (4 PhD’s)
To enable the development of new antimicrobials employing biotechnological tools, taking into consideration the design and construction of novel drug molecules.
• Nanotechnology approaches to create antimicrobials (5 PhD’s)
To create new antimicrobials that can treat infections in the body locally by using nanotechnology approaches.
• In vivo testing (5 PhD’s)
To test the most promising antimicrobial drug candidates in animal models.
For more information on the individual research projects, please visit http://www.novelantimicrobials.eu

Fellows preferably start 1 December 2016, but at the utmost on 1 February 2017. The fellowship lasts 4 years, which is the standard PhD period in The Netherlands.

• The most important criteria are i) enthusiasm, ii) excellence, iii) commitment to research and iv) team spirit. Candidates can freely choose from the 19 available projects during the selection process, but are requested to apply for one specific project that suits their interests and background. Specific expertise can be a plus, but methods can always be learned and projects can be tailored to the specific skills and interests of candidates.
• Educational background preferably in the area of natural and medical sciences, such as (bio)chemistry, molecular (micro)biology, biotechnology, synthetic biology, applied physics, nanoscience, biomedical sciences, pharmacy or combinations thereof.
• Candidates need to have completed a European master’s degree or equivalent prior to the application deadline. Candidates have to be in their first four years of their research career and not yet be awarded with a doctoral degree at the time of recruitment.
• Excellent proficiency in English language.
• Open for all nationalities. In compliance with the EU mobility rule, at the time of deadline, candidates shall not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the application deadline.
• Only applications that are complete, in English and submitted before the deadline will be considered eligible.

Conditions of employment
Both the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen offer an international and stimulating work environment at the forefront scientific research. As a PhD candidate, you will have a fulltime employment contract for the duration of 4 years. The fulltime appointment is temporary for 1 year with the perspective of prolongation for another 3 years. After nine months, an evaluation will take place of the feasibility of successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years. The research has to result in a PhD thesis at the end of the employment period. The gross monthly salary starts with € 2,174 in the first year and increases to € 2,779 in the fourth year of your employment. Additionally, both institutions provide excellent facilities for professional and personal development, an 8% holiday allowance and an end of year bonus of 8.3%.
Depending on the host institution, the terms of employment comply with either the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) or the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).

19 PhD positions in Chemistry / Bio(techno)logy @ UMCG | Groningen

You may apply for a PhD position in the ALERT program until 9 August / before 10 August 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form. http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?reply=00347-02S000507P


• A letter of motivation, specifying your interest and suitability for both the PhD position and the ALERT joint research programme as well as your career ambitions.
• A curriculum vitae, containing at least your name, address, degree(s) with transcript(s) of grades and list of courses attended, research experience including details of the master research project, educational and employment history, contact information of 2 professional references, and a list of publications (if applicable).
• IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge test score.
Applications have to be submitted electronically in PDF format by means of the application form (please merge all documents into one PDF file).

Publication of the call: 31 May 2016
Deadline for application: 9 August 2016, 23:59 CET
Acknowledgement of receipt: Before 12 August 2016
Notification email on eligibility: Before 2 September 2016
Notification email on invite/rejection for Selection Days: Before 23 September 2016
Selection Days: 24 & 25 October 2016
Announcement of selected/rejected candidates: 25 October 2016.

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For information you can contact:

Vanessa van Hest, Project Manager ALERT PhD Programme, +31 50 3638464, v.van.hest@rug.nl
(please do not use for applications)



View Original Notification: http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S000507P

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