3 PhD fellowships available at University of Sassari, Italy, in Biological Sciences

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The University of Sassari in Italy is seeking for Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to be enrolled as PhD student in the MSCA European Training Network (ETN) INNOTARGETS (INNOvative approaches to identification of metabolic TARGETS for antimicrobials, H2020 grant 956154) with an expected start date of March 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Three 3-year PhD fellowships are available:

  • 2 fellowships at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy.
  • 1 fellowship at the Proteomics and Immunodiagnostic, Laboratory of Porto Conte Ricerche Srl, Alghero, Italy.



Antimicrobial resistance is a growing medical challenge, hampering the effectiveness of existing drugs and threatening the lives of patients. Therefore, there is a pressing need for compounds that re-sensitise drug-resistant bacteria to existing antimicrobials. To address this problem, the EU-funded INNOTARGETS project will train early-stage researchers in the identification of novel metabolic drug targets in pathogenic bacteria. The project comes as a collaboration between academia and industry partners from Denmark, Italy, Spain, Netherland, Germany, and the United Kingdom, and it will guide researchers to use innovative approaches to achieve their scientific goals. INNOTARGETS aims to provide ESRs who have scientific and technical skills that are attractive to both industry and academia are equipped with complementary skills deemed important for research team leaders, and who have an individual profile according to their career dreams and are capable of life-long self-directed learning. Twelve ESRs will work closely together in the INNOTARGETS network solving scientific questions related to metabolism of bacteria in the host, mathematical modelling for target identification and toxicity prediction, adaptation of resistant bacteria to treatment, the spread of resistance and improved methods for target identification.


Job Description:

Your key tasks as a PhD student at the University of Sassari are:

  • Carry through an independent research project under supervision
  • Complete PhD courses or other equivalent education corresponding to approx. 30 ECTS points
  • Participate in active research environments including secondments at other partners in the project
  • Obtain experience with teaching or other types of dissemination related to your PhD project
  • Teach and disseminate your knowledge
  • Write a PhD thesis and publish scientific papers based on your research project


Eligibility Criteria:

  • The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment - unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.
  • The researcher must be Early Stage Researcher (ESR): at time of recruitment, he/she must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research careers and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.


Deadline for application: January 25th, 2021.


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