Research Fields

SINERGIA aims to provide breakthrough strategies for the implementation of new in vitro preclinical platforms in terms of innovative technologies, biological models and drug screening approaches in the effort of bridging the gap between current, simplistic in vitro cultures and faithful and effective future physiological models. SINERGIA provides career development and training opportunities for 15 researchers who are in the first 4 years of their research careers (Early-Stage Researchers, ESRs). The Consortium will enrol 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs): 9 ESRs based at Universities, 4 ESRs at Companies, and 2 ESRs at Hospitals.

Career Stage

Early Stage Researcher (ESR).

Benefits and Salary

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the Country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married or equivalent). The funding for contract is for 36 months. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences. A personalised Career Development Plan will be defined and monitored to guide ESRs through the career decision-making process.

Are you eligible?

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria:

  1. 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.
  2. Conditions of international mobility of researchers. 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.
  3. 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.

Individual Research Projects (Available Positions)

ESR1: Developing a miniaturized ex vivo culture system for drug testing on patient-specific tumour specimens. University of Basel, CH
Fakultní Nemocnice U Sv. Anny V Brně, CZ
ESR 3: Kidney fibrosis in vitro model. Maastricht University, NL
ESR 4: An in vitro model of skeletal muscle tissue to test anti-fibrotic therapies. Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, CH
ESR 5: Multi-compartment microfluidic model to improve gut microbiome-mediated immunotherapy efficiency. Politecnico di Milano, IT
ESR 6: Bioprinting of kidney rudiment for drug safety screening. Maastricht University, NL
ESR 7: uHeart: an in vitro human miniaturized model for the detection of drug-induced functional cardiotoxicity. BiomimX, IT
ESR 8: Set-up and preliminary validation of a modular high-throughput microfluidic system for assessing drug toxicity and metabolism in the hepatobiliary environment. Accelera, IT
ESR 9: Validation of in vitro 3D liver model for efficacy and/or toxicology studies. MTTlab, IT
ESR 10: Development of an ex-vivo liver model to study drug treatment. LifeTec Group BV, NL
ESR 11: Generation of a patient-specific in vitro model of cardiac fibrosis for personalized anti-fibrotic drug screening. Fakultní Nemocnice U Sv. Anny V Brně, CZ
ESR 12: Engineering a perfusion-based bioreactor system to study metastatic breast cancer interactions with bone microenvironments. University of Basel, CH
ESR 13: Microfluidic bone chip to personalize the therapeutic regimen of bone metastatic tumours. Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, CH
ESR 14: Validation of in vitro approaches for precision based medicine. RWTH Aachen, DE
ESR 15: Development of a patient-specific a lab-on-chip cardiac microtissue model of dystrophin deficient cardiomyopathy. Politecnico di Milano, IT

How to apply?

SINERGIA’s recruitment and employment strategy is based on an equal opportunities policy and in full compliance with the principle of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. We value diversity, and do not discriminate based on gender, religion, marital status, age, or cultural background.

By following the link below, you can download the application form. Together with it candidates must provide all requested information including a detailed CV and academic track record. During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible.

A common scoring system and recorded interviews will be used, respecting privacy and protection of the Applicant’s data. Female candidates and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The selection process is based on two steps:

  1. Evaluation of the documents provided by the Applicant (Assessment of academic records)
  2. For shortlisted candidates, remote interviews will be organized.

The Job Application Form must be filled electronically, signed and sent as an electronic email attachment to sinergia2020@polimi.it in pdf format. Please, use the phrase “SINERGIA application” as subject for this email. In addition to the Job Application Form, candidates should attach in the same email (in 1 zip file) the following documents:

  • Two-page application letter containing research interests, skills, career plans and the reasons for applying.
  • Academic transcript with grade point average
  • Certificate proving date of award of degree which formally entitles to embark on a doctorate (if pending, a letter from the institution stating when it is expected to be awarded)
  • Full CV including list of publications where applicable, information about timings of previous academic study and employment, and information about nationality/citizenship – please provide sufficient detail regarding where you have resided and/or engaged in work or study between 1st January 2017 and the date of submission.
  • At least two letters of reference, or addresses of referees who have agreed to provide a reference (if referees prefer to send the references directly to the SINERGIA consortium, please ask them to be emailed to sinergia2020@polimi.it before the application deadline).
  • For applicants from non-English speaking countries, please attach copies of recent English language certificates where available.

Candidates may apply for more than one fellowship (maximum five), but only with a single application in which the candidate has to provide the list of fellowships for which he/she is applying in order of preference. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews.

The deadline for the on-line registration is 01/01/2020.