Insect Doctors Recruitment

The PhD positions were advertised at this INSECT DOCTORS page, on euraXess and the portals of the hiring agencies. At the moment the deadline for all vacancies has passed. The site will be updated in case we need to re-advertise for certain PhD positions. Below you can find more information about the research packages within the INSECT DOCTORS programme and the eligibility rules of the EC.

The PhD projects will start in April or May 2020. They will all be enrolled in double degree constructions involving universities in two countries.


Research Projects per Work Package

The research is divided over three science themes and each will consists of 5 Research Projects. The country of the hiring organisation is placed witihin brackets.

1. Pathogen-host interactions (RP1-5)

Discovering interactions between pathogens and insect hosts, and determining abiotic and biotic triggers for disease outbreaks.

2. Covert infections and pathogen detection (RP6-10)

Understanding the molecular mechanisms behind latency / persistence (covert infections) and how to discover / detect pathogens to prevent disease outbreaks.

3. Increasing insect resistance against pathogens (RP10-15)

Focussing on the interactions between pathogens and
the insect microbiome and how nutritional adaptations can increase fitness of
reared insects.


Eligibility rules

The EC has strict criteria for recruited researchers in ITN networks as outlined below. For all positions the eligibility of the researcher will be determined at the start of their appointment in INSECT DOCTORS. The associated Universities and Graduate Schools may have additional requirements as will be indicated in the job advertisements for each position.

The following criteria apply for all positions:

  • To be able to participate in INSECT DOCTORS you should hold an MSc degree in a relevant field and have sufficient knowledge of the English language as demonstrated by sufficient English language test results or proof of MSc education in English.
  • All PhD candidates recruited for INSECT DOCTORS must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) at the date of recruitment. This means that they should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Candidates can be of any nationality, but they are required to move from one country to another when taking up their appointment (EC mobility rule). This means, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the start day of their appointment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

Due to the mobility rule, it is very important to take notice of the hiring country for a particular PhD position (either Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, or UK). It does not matter where the second university involved in the double degree construction is located or whether secondments to other countries are involved.