INEXTVIR – Innovative Network for Next Generation Training and Sequencing of Virome, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme and offers 15, fully funded PhD positions with an attractive stipend, complementary training activities and generous travel and laboratory and research budgets.

About the positions:
  • The successful candidates will be hosted by a member of a European Consortium of universities, research institutions and companies in Belgium, France, Spain, Slovenia and the UK.
  • Successful candidates will have natural or social-science based research interests and will participate in a transdisciplinary network of research and training aimed at accelerating the start of the applicants’ scientific career.

Study areas:

  • Life sciences (biology, agronomy, biotechnology, bioinformatics)
  • Social sciences (Psychology, economics, communication sciences, geography, decision-sciences)
  • Plant Virology
  • Virus Ecology Epidemiology
  • Agriculture
  • Socio-economics, societal communication, policy and regulation

Duration: 3 years


  • Masters or equivalent on Natural sciences: e.g. Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Plant Pathology/ Plant virology or Ecology, Plant science or Computational Sciences, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science or Data Science.
  • A good mastering of English, team spirit, dynamism, thoroughness and curiosity.
  • Nationals from any country may apply.
  • Mobility: at the time of the recruitment, the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.), in the country of the chosen host institution (recruiting beneficiary) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of the recruitment.

How to apply:

  • Applications to be emailed to the corresponding project supervisor (indicated in the tables bellow) and in copy to indicating ref. “INEXTVIR call for ESRs” in the subject of the email must include the following:
  • Curriculum Vitae (Europass format recommended; Please specify your residence/work place in the last 3 years).
  • University transcripts (grades)
  • A motivation letter addressing his/her research interests in relationship to the selected individual research project.
  • Applicants should specify first, second and third priority for individual research projects in order of preference (1st, 2nd and 3rd choice) following the mobility rule of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
  • Recommendation letters
PhD Project Descriptions:
  1. Investigating the European field vegetable virome. University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UNEW), Newcastle Upon Tyne (United Kingdom)
  2. Virome characterization of European germplasm resources of pome fruits for future breeding and risk analysis. University of Liege (ULIEGE), Gembloux (Belgium)
  3. Survey and evaluation of the impact of cultural practices on the virome of vegetable production systems and effect on sustainability. University of Liege (ULIEGE), Gembloux (Belgium)
  4. Characterisation of tomato virome. National Institute of Biology (NIB), Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  5. Water as an important indicator of circulating plant viruses. National Institute of Biology (NIB), Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  6. HTS-based viral indexing in Prunus species: virome characterization and validation of diagnostic approaches. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Bordeaux (France)
  7. Ecological analysis of the plant virome structure and of reciprocal transfers between cultivated and wild host populations. Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Bordeaux (France)
  8. Effect of habitat biodiversity on the virome of wild plants and crops. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid (Spain)
  9. Effect of habitat biodiversity on virus host range evolution. Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), Madrid (Spain)
  10. The cucurbits and lettuce viromes. ABIOPEP SL (ABP), Murcia (Spain)
  11. Development and validation of innovative HTS tools for the fast and efficient detection of virus and virus-like agents in the selected crops. DNAVision (DNAV), Charleroi (Belgium)
  12. Bioinformatics pipelines development for virome classification. University of Bordeaux (UBx), Bordeaux (France)
  13. Development and integration of decision making tools in data analysis procedures for HTS-based plant virus diagnostics. BIOSISTEMIKA d.o.o. (BSK), Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  14. Agronomic and socio-economic impact of virome. FERA Science Limited (FERA), York (United Kingdom)
  15. Risk-benefit communication and Knowledge exchange platform. University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UNEW), Newcastle Upon Tyne (United Kingdom).
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Country Belgium, France, Spain, Slovenia, UK
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas

Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Plant Pathology, Plant virology or Ecology, Plant science, Computational Sciences, Statistics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science or Data Science.

Fellowship amount As per MSCA rules
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 14th May 2019

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