Marie-Sklodowska Curie ITN: Early Stage Researcher

University of Exeter - Living Systems Institute, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality.

A Graduate Research Assistant Early Stage Researcher post is available from 01/03/2018 to 28/02/2021 at the Exeter Campus funded as part of an EU H2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Professor Gáspár Jékely. The 3-year post includes a PhD programme within the College of Life and Environmental Science. The position is funded as part of an EU H2020 Marie-Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network called EvoCell. EvoCELL aims at studying the evolution of cell-types and tissues in a diverse array of vertebrates and invertebrates. The network unites 8 academic and 2 non-academic organisations from 6 European countries. Its ambitious training programme will provide a multi-disciplinary and international environment with plenty of training opportunities and exchange between all the Network members, including in the non-academic sector. The labs in the network will use the most recent single-cell and tissue genomic techniques, merging them with more traditional approaches.

The successful ESR will work within the EvoCELL consortium (comprising partners from UK, Germany, France, Italy, Norway and Sweden) to deliver a cutting-edge research project that falls under the umbrella of evolutionary developmental biology. Additionally, the successfully appointed ESR will participate in, and help to deliver, a range of training courses within the consortium, and will participate in secondments with collaborators at other EU-based institutions who are part of the same network. The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes and communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically. They will be expected, during the course of the programme of research, to work towards production of research papers of international quality.

Applicants will possess an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent in a relevant science field and possess excellent communication skills. They must be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher in the UK under the EC Horizon 2020 Marie-Sklodowska Curie Action, Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Scheme. This is currently defined as at the time of recruitment, the candidate should;

  • be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

For further information please contact Gáspár Jékely on +44(0) 1392 727453 or

The starting salary will be a spot salary in the range from £26,495 up to £29,799 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. A mobility allowance of £5,189 will also be paid. Additional allowances may be payable in line with Marie Curie EU H2020 requirements for ESRs. Salary and allowances will be paid in pounds sterling. The successful applicant will be enrolled on a PhD and will use the research undertaken as part of their studies. Interviews are expected to take place in February 2018.

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