Training European Experts in Inflammation:

from the molecular players to animal models and the bedside


« INFLANET now recruits 15 PhD students (Early Stage Researchers) in 6 European Countries. The recruitment process is now open. Please apply via the dedicated recruitment web site at: First deadline of applications, 31/01/2021 »


Job Opportunities in INFLANET

A Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network

Inflammation is a natural and protective response of the immune system to injury or infection. However, excessive or chronic inflammatory reactions can do severe damage to tissues. Understanding inflammatory processes and developing new therapeutic solutions for inflammatory diseases requires a collaborative interdisciplinary and intersectorial effort. INFLANET is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission Horizon2020 programme and focused on the training of European experts of inflammation. The network consists of participants from academia and the private sector who have joined forces to educate the next generation of inflammation experts. These new experts will be able to master all the necessary concepts and experimental designs to understand the underlying genetic, molecular and cellular events to the physiological processes in inflamed tissues. INFLANET focuses on human data and on vertebrate models (zebrafish, mouse) to provide an integrated training. Moreover, the project applies recently established embryo-based inflammation models that provide new solutions for biomedical research and drug screening. The project will run for 4 years, starting 1 March 2021.

The INFLANET network will employ 15 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs/PhD students) in 6 European countries. Research topics, host institutes and responsible supervisors (who can be contacted for further information) are listed below. The ESRs will be offered an interdisciplinary education programme that includes a PhD trajectory with training-through-research in individual projects, secondments at research groups of other network partners, and a variety of local and network-wide courses and workshops.

ESR, research topic, host institute and supervisor contact:

ESR1 Molecular basis of macrophage polarization in vivo during inflammatory episodes University of Montpellier, France Dr. M. Nguyen Chi (coordinator)

ESR2 Structure-function relationships of extracellular S100 proteins, mediators of inflammation in human diseases University of Montpellier, France Dr L. Yatime

ESR3 Regulation of infection-induced inflammation: interplay between autophagy and inflammasome pathways Institute of Biology, Leiden University, The Netherlands Prof. dr. A.H. Meijer

ESR4 Illuminating antiviral inflammation and neuroinflammation Institut Pasteur, France Dr. J.P. Levraud jean-pierre.levraud(arobase)

ESR5 Image processing and analysis of inflammation videos STUBA, Slovakia Prof. Dr. K. Mikula, karol.mikula(arobase)

ESR6 Computer simulations of spatio-temporal processes during inflammation University of Eotvos, Hungary, Prof.dr T. Vicsek vicsekt(arobase)

ESR7 Mechanisms of neutrophil swarm initiation and resolution and consequences in inflammatory disease University of Sheffield, UK, Prof. dr. Steve Renshaw s.a.renshaw(arobase)

ESR8 Urokinase pathway and ExtraCellular Matrix remodelling in experimental models of inflammation Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France Dr. N. Peyrieras nadine.peyrieras(arobase)

ESR9 Inflammation and chronic fibrosis Radboud University Medical Centre, The Netherlands, Prof. dr. Peter Friedl, MD PhD Peter.Friedl(arobase)

ESR10 Stromal responses to cancer Radboud University Medical Centre, The Netherlands, Prof dr. Peter Friedl, MD PhD Peter.Friedl(arobase)

ESR11 Inflammasome components diffusion in whole organisms: from local to systemic inflammation University of Murcia, Spain Prof. dr. V. Mulero vmulero(arobase)

ESR12 Mendelian human inflammatory diseases The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Prof. dr. Yanick Crow, MD PhD Yanick.crow(arobase)

ESR13 Efficient software solutions for image processing and quantitative analysis in nuclear medicine TatraMed Software s. r. o., Slovakia Dr. J. Urban jozef.urban(arobase)

ESR14 Design and implementation of workflow tools for multiplexed time-lapse imaging experiments in zebrafish screening Acquifer Imaging GmbH, Germany Dr. J. Gehrig j.gehrig(arobase)

ESR15 High content pharmacological screening in vivo using the zebrafish University of Montpellier, France Dr. G. Lutfalla Georges.lutfalla(arobase)

Applicants should hold a degree in biology, biophysics, mathematics or biomedical sciences and must comply with the eligibility criteria and trans-national mobility rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks:

• Early-stage researchers (ESRs) will be appointed for 3 years and will register for a PhD at their host organization or a university that is involved as partner organisation. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, they shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

• Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

• Trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) is an essential requirement of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. Researchers can be of any nationality. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Applicants must also be prepared to be seconded for short periods (from several weeks up to maximally 30% of the recruitment period) to other network partners to carry out part of their research work.

All ESRs recruited in the context of INFLANET will be employed at their host institute by a contract with full social security coverage. They will receive a gross salary augmented by a mobility allowance in line with the EC rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders. Candidates will be selected based on their educational background, research experience, fluency in spoken and written English, and motivation to take part in and contribute to the research and training programme of the INFLANET consortium. We aim for all ESRs to be recruited by September 2021. Applications - in English - should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates of examination results, and two reference letters, which are all to be submitted through an on-line application system at where further details of the projects can also be found. INFLANET strives to recruit between 40-60% female researchers.

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