Join the SurfEx network

Apply for one of the 12 Doctoral candidate positions available in our network and build your future as a researcher in epithelial biology and an expert on advanced culture methods.

We are offering generous three-year fellowships starting in the 2023-2024 academic year and funded by the Marie Curie Doctoral Networks programme of the European Commission. We are now looking for 12 highly motivated doctoral candidates (DCs) to work towards their PhDs in one of the research projects on offer, under competitive and attractive working conditions.

Positions are currently open in the groups of:

The following positions have been filled:

  • Project 1 (Boxem lab)
  • Project 3 (Mihaila lab)
  • Project 4 (Martin-Belmonte lab)
  • Project 5 (Michaux lab)
  • Project 6 (Sellin lab)
  • Project 7 (Pelaseyed lab)
  • Project 8 (Bac3gel)
  • Project 10 (Martin-Belmonte lab)
  • Project 11 (Knight lab)
  • Project 12 (St Johnston lab)
All our network institutions are equal opportunity employers and seek a workforce diverse in age, culture, nationality and gender. None of them will apply restrictions on gender, age, ethnic groups, national or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinion, and social or economic conditions.

If you want to apply for one of our positions, you must:

  • Comply with the mobility rule. You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.
  • Comply with the Doctoral Candidate definition: at the time of recruitment by the hosting institution you must not have been awarded a doctoral degree (PhD degree).
  • Be in position of enrolling in a doctoral programme at the country and meet the specific eligibility requirements at the hosting institution, if applicable.

Submit a complete application within the submission deadline through our application form.

To comply with all local laws and regulations, application procedures vary slightly between host institutions. Please apply to each position you are interested in following the procedure outlined on the specific project page (go to the research page, and click on ‘learn more’ under each project.

The hosting institution will make a selection of applicable candidates, and will notify you if you are selected. Further details will be communicated to you via email. If you have applied to multiple positions within SurfEx, you may be invited for a joint interview.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Networks Programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. Each fellowship includes the following:

  • Monthly living allowance: 3,400 euro/month (€40,800/year); this amount is then adjusted through the application of a country correction coefficient to the living allowance of the country in which the researcher is recruited. The country correction coefficients are indicated in Table 2 of the MSCA Work Programme.
  • Monthly mobility allowance: 600 euro/month
  • Monthly family allowance, if applicable and depending on the family situation: 660 euro/month.

All researchers will be recruited under an employment contract that includes social security coverage.
The allowances listed are the gross EU contribution. Consequently, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. The rate indicated here is for researchers devoting themselves to their project on a full-time basis.

At SurfEx we are fully committed to equal opportunities, and we have implemented measures to ensure this. Candidates may include information on any career breaks during their application, and these will not be penalized during the selection procedure. In addition, when checking compliance with the mobility rule, we will not consider the refugee procedure as a period of residence in the country where the candidate is applying. When all scores and evaluation criteria are equal, we will give preference to candidates from under-represented groups, for example, women, candidates with disabilities or those from refugee backgrounds.

Please see the individual project pages for application timelines.

We are looking for Doctoral Candidates