[Comp-neuro] 9 Marie-Curie PhD and Postdoc positions across Europe: 1st round openings

Eleni Vasilaki e.vasilaki at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 12:19:12 CEST 2011

9 Marie-Curie PhD and Postdoc positions across Europe: 1st round openings

Within the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network  “NAMASEN”,
European top research centers seek to recruit 7 Early Stage Researcher (ESR)
and 2 Experienced Researcher (ER) positions, as of January 1st, 2012.

We offer research training in Neuroelectronics and Nanotechnology: towards a
Multidisciplinary Approach for the Science and Engineering of Biological
Neuronal Networks.

A second round, for 2 more ESRs and 1 more ER, will be launched during 2012.

First-round application deadline: October 31st, 2011.

Appointments for Early Stage Researcher (Marie Curie Fellow) are full-time,
fixed terms for three years, tenable from January 1st, 2012. Appointments
for Experienced Researcher are full-time, fixed terms for two years, tenable
from January 1st, 2012.
The Early Stage Researchers will receive supervision for the preparation of
a PhD thesis and benefit from the combined resources of the NAMASEN Network.

[Description of NAMASEN]

NAMASEN is the acronym for an Initial Training Network (http://
www.namasen.net), funded by the European Commission under the FP7
Marie-Curie PEOPLE programme. Its ultimate mission is to lay the foundation
of a virtual scientific institute for the multi-disciplinary study of
Neuroengineering and Network-Neurosciences that will train a new generation
of scientists and professionals and that will contribute to Europe’s leading
role in scientific innovation.

NAMASEN targets both technological and scientific priorities, such as the
development of novel multi-electrode arrays and advanced interfaces that
functionally interact with neurons and networks. NAMASEN investigates
neuro-electronic hybrids as devices able to undergo a functional and
anatomical reconfiguration, on the basis of the activity-dependent
plasticity and rewiring properties of neurons, under some control by the

The NAMASEN ITN Network consists of the 10 academic and 3 industrial
partners: the University of Antwerp (Belgium), The University of Sheffield
(UK), the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB) at the
Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH, Greece), the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem (Israel), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
of Lausanne EPFL (Switzerland), the Italian Institute of Technology (Italy),
the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (Poland), the Interuniversity
Center for Microelectronics IMEC (Belgium), the University of Freiburg
(Germany), the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of
Tuebingen (Germany), Janssen Pharmaceutica (Belgium), 2-Sight Europe
(Switzerland), and Gersteltec Engineering Solutions (Switzerland).

Altogether 10 Early Stage Researchers (PhD researchers) and 3 Experienced
Researchers (Postdocs) will be recruited during 2011-2012. As a part of
their training experience, each researcher will be based in one country but
will spend some of their time abroad during secondment periods within the
network. Scientific and technological disciplines targeted by each position
are diverse and heterogeneous, ranging from microfabrication and
nanotechnologies, to experimental neurobiology and computational
neuroscience. Individual openings, advertised on the electronic job
application page of NAMASEN (http://www.namasen.net), contain relevant
information and links to the hosting institutions.

The NAMASEN ITN Network offers a unique research environment where leading
academics will integrate accepted applicants into their research teams,
providing a top-notch structured training programme in Neuroelectronics,
Neuroengineering, and Nanotechnologies. Academic partners within the NAMASEN
ITN Network will support the Early Stage Researchers to work successfully
towards a PhD defense.

More information on the NAMASEN ITN Network and its job openings can be
found at: http://www.namasen.net

[Salary and Benefits for the Positions]

The Researchers will be appointed on a full-time temporary contacts, for a
period of three years (ESRs) or two years (ERs), including a
two-to-six-month secondments at different NAMASEN partner.
The Researcher will be a Marie Curie fellow and will profit from all Marie
Curie benefits, including living, mobility, travel, and career exploratory
allowances according to the Marie Curie Framework 7 requirements (http://


Candidates for ESR positions must be, at the time of recruitment, in the
first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not
yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when
they obtained the degree, which would formally entitle them to embark on a
doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the
country in which the research training is provided. In practice, this means
they should not have obtained any degree before 31st December 2007 that
would entitle them to enroll for a doctorate. In general, this is usually a
suitably qualifying Masters degree.

Candidates for ER positions must not have worked in a research position /
received research training for more than 5 years of their undergraduate
degree. The undergraduate degree is the first degree, which allowed them to
embark on a PhD program, typically a BA or BSc. Years since the
undergraduate degree working outside research do not count.

Candidates are normally required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e.
move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the
time of recruitment by the host organization, candidates must not have
resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the
country of their host organization (i.e. depending on the NAMASEN network
partner to apply for) for more than 12 months between 1 November 2008 and 31
December 2011.

Applicants for the position at NAMASEN may be a national of any Member State
of the European Union, of any Associated Country or of any other third
country, but they may not be a national of the hosting country.

Availability to travel (including internationally), for the purpose of the
research and training activities, is a requirement for the positions.

[Applications and Enquiries]

Candidates are invited to apply to the vacancies. Candidates are also
requested to submit their CV in English (max. 5 pages), max. 10 academic
publications (in English), including an electronic copy of university
diploma (translated to English). A cover letter is also required, where
motivations to apply to the NAMASEN consortium in general and to an
individual partner, in particular, must be stated clearly. Spam applications
will be trashed.

Formal applications should be made through the NAMASEN consortium and should
be sent by means of the website http://www.namasen.net.

Final decisions will be taken upon joint consultations within the NAMASEN
Supervisory Board.
Informal inquiries concerning the individual positions may be addressed to
contact people indicated on online job electronic application forms at

-- Dr Eleni Vasilaki, Lecturer
Web: www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/~eleni
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