NUI Galway offers 13 PhD Fellowship positions- Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions, “PATHSENSE” – Training Network to Understand and Exploit Mechanisms of Sensory Perception in Bacteria.

The overall objective of this project is to focus on understanding a highly sophisticated but poorly understood sensory organelle called the “stressosome”.
NUI Galway is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. It is located in Ireland’s westerly city of Galway. A tertiary-level educational institution, it is ranked among the top 2 percent of universities in the world.
Fellowships are available for pursuing PhD programme to work on different research projects.
Worth of Award

  • The MSCA-ITN programme offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions.
  • The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.
  • Exact salary will be confirmed upon offer and will be based on a Living Allowance of €3110/month to be paid in currency of country where based and with a correction factor to be applied per country + mobility allowance of €600/month. Additionally researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation.
  • Taxation and Social Contribution deductions based on National and Institutional regulations will apply and will be deducted from the gross payment highlighted above.
  • In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes the opportunity to register for a PhD degree, scientific skills courses, transferable skills courses, active participation in workshops and conferences, and secondments to partner labs.
  • The team participating in the PATHSENSE Network will recruit and train 13 early stage researchers (ESRs) in state-of-the art methodologies, including structural biology, proteomics & protein biochemistry, molecular biology, bacterial genetics, food microbiology, mathematical modelling, cell biology, microscopy and comparative genomics.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UK

Applicants need to fully comply with the three eligibility criteria:

  • Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Please note applicants cannot already hold a PhD.
  • Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection 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 their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.
  •  Citizens of all nationalities are eligible to apply.

How to Apply
All applications must be made on the PATHSENSE Application Form. The form should be completed and e-mailed to
Deadline: The application deadline is May 12, 2017.
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