The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) programme offers a competitive salary and attractive working conditions, in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.
You will be enrolled in the PhD programme at the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre and have the opportunity to learn form a consortium of 19 institutions (11 Beneficiaries, 8 Partner organizations) as well as benefitting from further continuing education, which includes secondment to partner institutions (University of Bern, Switzerland & University of Liege, Belgium), a variety of training courses for specific and transferable skills and active participation and international conferences. (International applicants please note that the bursary will cover only the Home/EU fee. The shortfall between the Home and Overseas fee must be covered by the successful candidate).
The Project: This research program will investigate the potential role of infective agents and the microbiome in low back pain. Utilising human intervertebral disc samples from surgery the IVD microbiome will be characterised together with associated microbiome sites using high throughput microbiome sequencing. In vitro co-culture systems will then be deployed to investigate the potential roles of infective agents and the microbiome on disc cell behaviour and implications in the pathogenesis of disc degeneration. Culture systems will be utilised which mimic the cellular niche of human intervertebral disc during disc degeneration.
Successful candidates will be offered a 36 months full-time employment contract, with an monthly salary of €4571 (average gross salary, before statutory deductions); plus an additional mobility allowance (600€ per month, unconditional), and an additional family allowance (500€ per month, if applicable).
To apply for this position you must meet the following criteria in accordance with the funder conditions:
– you should not have resided in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months over the three years before the starting date of the position (January 2021), excluding holidays and (refugee status) asylum application.
– At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, you shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not have been awarded a doctoral degree.
Sheffield Hallam welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, pregnancy and maternity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.
We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented groups.
For non-EU applicants, we may be able to offer a certificate of sponsorship for this job if required.
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