11 PhD Positions funded by EU in Molecular plasticity of neurons during C. elegans lifespan

Over their development and ageing, neurons undergo dramatic morphological changes, including axonal growth, dendritogenesis, synaptogenesis, and circuit remodelling, while maintaining their identity and function. As cellular and environmental contexts vary over time in a living organism, individual cell identity and functionality need to be preserved through plasticity of intracellular molecular networks.

We will look at specific neurons at several junctures of the lifespan of C. elegans to capture the full range of cellular states that stay within the boundaries of the functional neuron’s identity versus cellular states associated with its dysfunction.

The NERVSPAN Doctoral Network will provide state-of-the-art training to 11 young researchers examining neuronal development and plasticity over the entire lifespan of the nematode C. elegans while also investigating the sex specific aspects of neuronal identity and function.

Our network will develop an integrative approach to study various aspects of neuronal physiology throughout the lifespan of males and hermaphrodite worms.

As a doctoral candidate within the NERVSPAN network, you will have the opportunity to work with leading academics and industrial partners from across Europe, gaining valuable experience in international collaboration and cutting-edge research. You will also benefit from a comprehensive training program that includes workshops, courses, and secondments, all aimed at enhancing your research and professional skills.

The NERVSPAN (2023-2028) doctoral network is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the European Union’s reference programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.

The selection procedure will consist of the following steps:

  • Eligibility check: A Recruitment Committee will check each application is complete and that applicants fulfil the eligibility criteria described in the previous section
  • Remote Evaluation: each eligible application will be evaluated and best candidates selected
  • Online interviews: The short-listed candidates will be interviewed by a Selection Committee that will include the recruiting PIs plus one additional consortium members
  • Candidates, positively evaluated but not initially called for interviews, will be put on a reserve list.
  • Notification of the selection outcomes: Short-listed candidates will be informed about the outcome, and the one selected will be put in touch with the HR Department of the hosting institution to initiate the hiring procedure.

For your first step on this journey, find our recruitment website through Euraxess.