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Open Doctoral Candidate Positions

DarChemDN is looking for talented and motivated Doctoral Candidates (DCs) with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to help the network make significant research breakthroughs.

What DarChemDN will offer

  • A thorough scientific education in the frame of a doctoral training program.
  • The possibility to participate in specific international courses, workshops and conferences.
  • A strong involvement in a European research project with high international visibility.
  • The possibility to perform research visits to internationally renowned research labs in Europe.
  • A prestigious three-year MSCA Fellowship.
  • A competitive salary including mobility and family allowances.

For general information send an email to info@darchem-dn.eu.

Eligibility criteria

Specific Eligibility Criteria of the Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) programme apply, including the mobility rule and PhD rules. Applicants of any nationality are welcome to apply. 

  • Mobility rule: Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (i.e., the start of employment).
  • PhD Rule: Applicants must be doctoral candidates, i.e., not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
  • Additionally, PhD applicants must fulfil the local requirements of the recruiting institutions which are listed in the project descriptions available as PDFs below.

How to apply

To complete your online application, visit the DarChemDN recruitment web form.

Required documents: Please submit the required application documents as a single pdf file. The application should include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (including contact information of two referees)
  • Copy of Transcripts
  • Copy of Diplomas (if available at the time of application – otherwise please provide a confirmation with the expected graduation date)

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Interviews are expected to be online between January and March 2024.

Positions remain open until filled.

Open Positions

DC1: Emergence of selection in nucleopeptide replication networks

Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)​

Laboratory for Systems Chemistry

Be’er Sheva, Israel

Supervisor: Prof. Gonen Ashkenasy

DC2: Theory of identification, selection and evolution of autocatalytic networks

Parmenides Foundation (PARM)

Center for the Conceptional Foundations of Science

Pöcking, Germany

Supervisor: Prof. Eörs Szathmary 

DC3: The compartmentalised formose reaction

École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI)​

Laboratoire de Biochimie

Paris, France

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Griffiths

DC4: Feedback of compartmentalisation on reactions

University of Saarland (USAAR)

Center of Human and Molecular Biology

Saarbrücken, Germany

Supervisor: Prof. Dora Tang

DC5: Development of advanced microfluidics systems

ELVESYS (ELV)

Microfluidics Innovation Center

Paris, France

Supervisor: Dr. Alexander McMillan

DC6: Replication and compartmentalisation

University of Groningen (RUG)

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry – Centre for Systems Chemistry

Groningen, The Netherlands

Supervisor: Prof. Sijbren Otto

DC7: Oligomeric nucleic acid coacervate system

École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI)​

Laboratoire de Biochimie

Paris, France

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Griffiths

DC8: Evolution in heterogeneous populations of compartments

University of Saarland (USAAR)

Center of Human and Molecular Biology

Saarbrücken, Germany

Supervisor: Prof. Dora Tang

DC9: Functional multi-stable synthetic networks

Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)​

Laboratory for Systems Chemistry

Be’er Sheva, Israel

Supervisor: Prof. Gonen Ashkenasy

DC10: Compartment division and replicator evolution

University of Groningen (RUG)

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry – Centre for Systems Chemistry

Groningen, The Netherlands

Supervisor: Prof. Sijbren Otto