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14 PhD positions at ITN StarT

14 PhD positions are available in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) on

Training researchers to Diagnose, Understand and Treat Stargardt Disease, a Frequent Inherited Blinding Disorder (StarT)

The objectives of StarT are twofold: 1) to give the next generation of European vision researchers unparalleled opportunities to be trained by a consortium of European vision research groups excelling in genomics, transcriptomics, functional genomics, bio-informatics, genome editing, stem cell biology, animal disease models, and therapy development; and 2) to address the knowledge gaps to diagnosing, understanding and treating STGD1 using innovative approaches related to the aforementioned disciplines.

Positions are available at:

  1. Ghent University, Belgium (;​)
  2. Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen, The Netherlands (;
  3. Eberhard Karls University Tubingen, Germany ( )
  4. Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine, Naples, Italy (;
  5. University of Leeds, United Kingdom (
  6. Spanish National Research Council, Seville, Spain (
  7. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (
  8. University College London, United Kingdom (
  9. NewCells Biotech Ltd, Newcastle, United Kingdom (
  10. ProQR Therapeutics, Leiden, The Netherlands (

The StarT partners offer:

  • 14 PhD positions for a period of three years (fellowships for Early Stage Researchers / ESR),
    start date April 1, 2019. See the description of the individual ESR projects (PDF).

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants should be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the period of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.
  • Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the start date of the fellowship.

How to apply:

Applicants should submit 

  • personal statement explaining their motivation and project interests and the contact details of 2 academic referees
  • CV (EU format, MS Word, doc); other formats are NOT accepted
  • form indicating the preference for one or more specific partner institute(s) and/or research project(s) (use preference form, MS Word, doc)

Please send these documents via email to simone.dusseljee[at]

Applicants interested in the position at UCL should also apply via the UCL online recruitment tool (


  • December 10, 2018, after which we will review applications and interview candidates.
  • Do NOT include other documents like diplomas.
  • PLEASE NOTE that applications that do not meet these requirements WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

More information

For more information on the application process and to download documents, please visit or email simone.dusseljee[at]

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