12 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions are available in the Yeast Biotechnology Doctoral Training Programme YEASTDOC. YEASTDOC is a European Joint Doctoral Programme that brings together 6 academic and 9 non-academic partners. The scientific aim of the project is to maximize the potential of Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeasts in the beverage and white biotechnology sectors. Each ESR recruited to the project will complete a joint PhD, registering and undertaking research at 2 academic institutes. The student will also spend 4-6 months at an industry partner organisation gaining meaningful intersectoral experience. In addition to the PhD research project, comprehensive training in transferrable skills is offered to all ESRs in the programme.

What we offer:

  • A joint PhD research project based in 2 leading European Yeast Biotechnology Centres
  • Registration for a joint PhD at top level European Universities
  • Collaboration with, and secondment to partners in the industrial sector
  • A comprehensive training programme
  • A 36 month employment contract on EU Marie Curie rates (€37,320k/pa + mobility allowance)

What we require:

  • An MSc degree in microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology or similar discipline
  • Demonstrated track record of motivation and high academic achievement
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Compliance with EU eligibility requirements (see below)
  • Willingness to undertake secondments and training with different partners
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Availability for interviews (schedule below) and capacity to start research by April/May 2018

Eligibility: Applicants 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.

This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate. According to the mobility rule applicants must not have resided in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to recruitment.

Application process: Using only the template on this page please provide, in English 1) your detailed curriculum vitae including full contact information for three academic/professional referees 2) a personal statement (max. 1 page) including motivation relevant to the research topic. Download the template here: Application template. Candidates can apply for up to three positions, giving them a preference ranking of 1-3. Applications must be compiled as a single pdf file and should be sent directly to with the word “application” in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: on or before midnight on Monday 20th November 2017.

Selection process: Candidates who are being considered for appointment should expect a telephone interview during the week of the 11th – 15th December, 2017. Short-listed applicants will then be invited for a panel interview (location in central Europe) during the week of the 22nd – 26th of January, 2018. Offers will be made by the host partner organisation.

Envisaged start date: April/May, 2018

Selection and appointment follows the procedures outlined in the EU Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Equal opportunities are offered to all applicants. Applications from women are encouraged. The coordinating Institution overseeing the recruitment, UCC, has been awarded the EU HR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH logo and adheres to best practice in all aspects of recruitment.