Marie Curie ITN - iPLACENTA EU Innovative Training Network - Early Stage Researcher

Aston University - Aston Medical School

Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 Years)

Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 4 July 2018

Interview Date:  To be confirmed

iPLACENTA ( is a Horizon 2020 European training network that has received funding from the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie action (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 ). iPLACENTA will provide a 36-month multi-disciplinary PhD training programme for 15 Early Stage Researchers to study, model and visualise the placenta to enhance investigation and prognosis of complicated pregnancies.. The overarching objectives in the iPLACENTA network are to unlock the complexity of placental disease by providing mechanistic clues for complex diseases, developing new ways to model placenta function and validating novel clinical diagnostic tools.

Aston Medical School is looking for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to work on the project “Enhancing imaging of the placenta in murine models of preeclampsia and standardisation of preeclampsia mouse models (ESR11)” as part of iPLACENTA network collaborating with 14 other ESRs based in 11 European academic, industrial and clinical institutes.

The focus of this project is to develop novel models of preeclampsia using genetic modified mouse and to assess the “preeclampsia phenotype” and placental, fetus and maternal cardiovascular function using Ultrasound imaging using VisualSonics latest high frequency ultrasound technology. In addition, molecular characteristics will be conducted to fully characterise the model and assess the placental insufficiency in vivo. 

You will have a good Bachelor (Hons.) degree (either first class or upper second class) or hold an MSc in biomedical/biological science or relevant discipline and experience in Biomedical research and documenting research projects.

The English Language requirements for non-native speakers e.g. IELTS with minimum marks of 6.0 in each section and an overall band of 6.5 or please see the website link below for Entry Requirements:


There is a mobility rule which applies to this position. The respective candidate must not have worked for more than 12 months in the UK within the last three years. Furthermore, the candidate needs to be in his/her first four years of his/her research career. The four years are counted from the date a degree was obtained which formally entitles to embark on a doctorate in the country either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided.

Full details can be found at the Marie Curie ITN guide for applicants  You are advised to check this before applying.

Please visit our website for further information and to apply online.  If you do not have access to the internet telephone 0121-204-4500 and leave your name and address quoting the reference number.

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