11 PhD positions available in the field of mitochondrial DNA and its gene expression

11 PhD positions are available in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network “MITGEST – Quality control of the mitochondrial gene expression system in health and disease”. MITGEST unites world-class academic excellence in mtDNA maintenance and expression with private sector expertise in nucleic acid chemistry and the development of mitochondrial therapeutics. The consortium includes the Institute of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, Radboud University Medical Center, The Institue of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Poly Academy of Sciences, Karolinska Institute, Biodonostia Health Research Institute, Baseclick GmbH, Minovia Therapeutics LTD and the University College London.

The 11 MITGEST Doctoral Candidates will be part of an interdisciplinary and international network.


  • MITGEST fellows will be employed according to the rules for Doctoral Candidates in MSCA DNs and the general regulations of each host institution.

  • The financial package will include the three monthly researcher allowances: 1) Living allowanceof €3,400 (country correction coefficient applies), 2) Mobility allowance of €600, 3) Family allowance (€660), if applicable. Employer costs and other deductions depend on recruiting host.


  • MSc, MRes, MEng, or equivalent in Life Science (Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, etc.), Bioengineering, Physics or a related discipline.

  • Research experience, in particular in cellular and molecular biology techniques.

  • Interested to work in the field of mitochondrial DNA and its gene expression.

  • Appreciation for interdisciplinary work and proactive drive to collaborate across disciplines.

  • Proficient in the English language.

Eligibility criteria

  • Supported researchers: Applicants must be doctoral candidates,i.e not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of recruitment.

  • Mobility rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date.

  • Other eligibility criteria may apply depending on the recruiting beneficiary. Please check the MITGEST website for further details.

Selection process

The selection procedure is open, transparent, merit-based and in line with the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

  • Applicants must submit all necessary documents as one single PDF file via email to the provided email address.

  • After the closure of the application deadline, all documents will be reviewed within two weeks.

  • Pre-selected candidates will be invited for the next steps of the application process, including interviews.

  • The host institution will inform the successful candidate(s) within a few weeks after the interview.

PhD Projects:

For detailed descriptions of each project, please go to the MITGEST website.

How to apply?

  • Download the “Application form” and fill in the required information. 

  • Compile your documents in one pdf file, following the order: 1) application form, 2) maximum two-page motivation letter, 3) CV, 4) copies of transcripts of any obtained degrees and contact details of 5) two possible referees.

  • The application must be written in English.

  • Submit all the above documents via e-mail as a single pdf file to mitgest.eu@gmail.com.

  • As the subject of your email, please use MITGEST application – your name.

  • The individual DC projects are set to start between 01.04.2023 and 30.06.2023.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2022

Application Form