“SPIDoc’s – The next generation MS SPIDoc’s” is funded within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, composed by 7 beneficiaries and 8 associated partners, including academic and non-academic sectors located in 8 countries.  SPIDoc’s projects will apply cutting-edge technologies, like native mass spectrometry (MS), X-rays for single particle imaging (SPI) and molecular dynamics simulation to understand the dynamics of viral particle.

Each SPIDoc’s PhD project will include multiple secondments at beneficiaries’ or associated partners’ location, allowing an international and interdisciplinary exchange for the progresses of the project and for the development of the doctoral candidate.

The doctoral candidates will receive scientific training spanning from theory, instrument development and application by winter and summer schools including practical sessions and online lectures. Additionally, they will be trained on data management and will have the unique opportunity to contribute to the establishment of standards for native MS metadata.

The scientific training programme will be complemented by soft skills training providing support for career and personal development of the doctoral candidates.

SPIDoc’s is coordinated by Professor Charlotte Uetrecht (CSSB, DESY, LIV and Uni Siegen).

Requirements – for all projects

For specific requirements refer to the job description at each institution.

  • Master degree, check on the job description on the specific institution about the preferential discipline.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Communication skills
  • Aptitude to team-work and networking
  • Comply the eligibility rule for mobility: the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their date of recruitment.
  • Comply the eligibility rule for Early Stage Researcher: the applicants must not be already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
  • Applicants will do their research and training activity at the primary location (beneficiary leading the project) and at others’ beneficiary or associated partner within SPIDoc’s, as indicated in the description of each project.
  • Applicants should be available to start the PhD position ideally between 1 March – 1 April 2024.

What we offer – for all projects

For specific “offered conditions” refer to the job description at each institution.

  • An international and interdisciplinary working condition: a network of beneficiaries and associated partners from 8 countries
  • Intersectoral projects with 3 partners from non-academic sector
  • The opportunity to have 2 or 3 secondments at a beneficiary’ or associated partner’s location
  • Access to light source facilities (such as SLAC).
  • A unique training programme including summer and winter schools, including hands-on sessions spanning from instrumentation to application, and online lectures.
  • Participation to international conferences.
  • Scientific training will be complemented by soft skills training, including specific training on how to work green in science and on unconscious bias at the workplace.
  • Hands-on training on project management, including organization of career days to widen the perspectives of career options.
  • Travel and family allowance, if applicable based on MSCA programme.
  • Duration of the PhD programme – 36 months.
  • Gross salary – Living allowance: 3400 Euro/month to which should be applied the country correction coefficient (https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/). It refers to the gross amount, including compulsory deductions under national law, such as employer and employee social security contributions and direct taxes. Mobility allowance: 600 Euro/month. Family allowance –  if applicable: 660 Euro/month.