Applications are invited for 12 PhD positions (Early-Stage Researchers_ESRs) for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) on Exploiting the methylerythritol phosphate pathway as a source of drug targets for novel anti-infectives (MepAnti).
Applicants must be motivated, well-organised, able to work as part of an interdisciplinary team and bring their own enthusiasm into the project.

Where to apply:

Application deadline: 03/07/2020

The central scientific goal of the MepAnti consortium is to tackle the global problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by targeting the enzymes of the innovative and underexploited 2C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway. Our platform embraces all relevant disciplines (synthetic organic chemistry, structural biology, proteomics and microbiology) creating a multidisciplinary consortium which aims to develop potent and selective anti-infective compounds.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to fully respect the eligibility criteria (to be demonstrated in their CV):

Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who:

    • at the time of recruitment by the host, are within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and do not hold a doctoral degree.
    • have not resided or carried out the main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country to which they would like to be recruited “for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date” (mandatory to provide supporting documentation proving the place(s) of residence or work during the previous 3 years).
      Note: the mobility rule is applied to the first recruitment within the project, not to secondment periods. Mobility rules are applied to the residence and not to the nationality.
    • are able to speak and write the English language fluently.
Additional requirements for ESR 8
Fragment screening by BLI for inhibitors of the MEP pathway (Norway)

Selection process

  • Deadline for applications is 03/07/2020 . The required profiles are listed for each ESR position (see individual project descriptions).

    Candidates apply by sending:

    • their CV
    • two reference letters (that can also directly be sent by the referees)
    • and a letter of motivation stating their
      • research strategy and ambitions in English and
      • a copy of their highest academic degree
    • and by filling the application form.

The candidates apply for a maximum of three specific ESR positions and list their order of preference in the letter of motivation if applicable. The Recruitment Committee selects suitable candidates based on eligibility checks and background expertise, and produces a short list for each ESR position that are then invited for interviews, which will provide the basis for the final selection. Applications should be sent to:

All chosen candidates are expected to start their contract by the end of January 2021 at the latest.