We are seeking 15 enthusiastic and motivated students (MSc. or equivalent degree) that want to perform their Ph.D. studies in a multidisciplinary, intersectoral training and research network that will study the basic principles of cell polarity.

Applications are welcome from now until all positions are filled.

We offer:

  • 15 exciting individual research projects, each of which includes secondment opportunities at an academic and private network participant.
  • Scientific courses, conferences and summer schools, transferable skills training (writing, presenting, intellectual property), and personal development workshops and coaching.
  • Rigorous standards of training and supervision, which includes establishment of a ‘Training and Supervision Agreement’ and yearly progress meetings.
  • Highly competitive salaries, cost of living and family allowances.


Application requirements

All applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria for ITNs outlined by the EU. All applications should include the following information in a single pdf, using your surname as the file name:

  • A cover letter introducing yourself and your motivation for applying to the project and the PolarNet network.
  • Your CV. On the first page, include your full name, date of birth, nationality, and e-mail.
  • At least 2 references. Please include contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) and indicate your relationship to each reference.
  • A copy of the diploma that makes you eligible to start a Ph.D. study (MSc or equivalent).
  • A copy of your study transcripts that shows the credits earned as well as the grades obtained.


Application procedure

Applications should be sent directly to the hosting research groups. Specific details can be found on the individual project pages. The group leaders will interview several candidates and submit a list of selected candidates in order of preference to the steering committee of PolarNet. The criteria for selection are: quality of training and CV, motivation level, intellectual capacity, references letters, and performance during the interview. The applications will then be assessed by the steering committee of PolarNet, in which all group leaders are represented. In addition to scientific qualities, selection will take into account international and gender balance of the network as a whole.