GlyCoCan welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation. Candidates are encouraged to apply for a specific project by sending their CV, motivation letter and copy of degrees received. Each project has a specific contact person to which correspondence can be addressed.

The selection for each post will be organised locally at the host institution and will include:

  • pre-selection (based on CV and motivation letter) by our international selection committee (composed of experts from different fields and from both private and public sector)
  • web-based video interview
  • In loco interview

We offer 13 PhD positions (3-year EU-funded), inter-disciplinary, available in one of the partners institutes.

Salary: This position is funded by a Marie Curie Initial Training Network initiative. Salary includes a living allowance, adjusted for location, and a mobility allowance. An additional family allowance may be payable depending on circumstances.

The successful candidates will benefit from a wide-ranging training programme  featuring: events and workshops as well as local courses and participation in (inter)national conferences. There will be ample opportunity to meet other ESRs involved in the program, and to travel to other European partners in the network (through secondments and short visits).

Eligibility Criteria

Given that the positions are funded by the European Commission on a H2020-MSCA-ITN, eligibility restrictions apply:

  1. EXPERIENCE: Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.For the purpose of determining eligibility, full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle them 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, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.Full-time equivalent research experience may include periods of research such as work on certain MSc or MPhil degrees, time spent as a research assistant or laboratory technician in a research environment or time spent in an industrial research and development environment. This list is not exhaustive and should act as a general indication only. The four year period (or 48 months) is an aggregated period since the award of the degree that would allow you to embark on doctoral studies and is not a simple “four year” cut off.
  2. MOBILITY RULE: 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 prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  3. Each ESR will be supported by the H2020-MSCA-ITN project for a maximum of 36 months. When more than 36 months are required for completion of the PhD program, the hosting institute will arrange funding, which may differ from that of the H2020-MSCA-ITN.
  4. All ESRs will take part in secondments to other project partners for up to 30% of their appointment period (see details below).
  5. Mobility Allowances and Family Allowances (dependant on family circumstances) are payable to ESRs.


Two or three secondments to other collaborating partners will be organised during the project. Secondments will be at least 2 months long, with at least ONE long secondment per ESR being intersectorial.