One (1) Phd Student Position [Ref # Orz-0508]

Universities and Institutes of Greece
September 25, 2023
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7 Sep 2023

Job Information


Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas


Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Field

Biological sciences


Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)



Application Deadline

25 Sep 2023 - 13:00 (Europe/Athens)

Type of Contract


Job Status


Hours Per Week


Offer Starting Date

1 Nov 2023

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?


Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The research groups of “Regenerative Pharmacology” and “Biomaterials and Biodevices“ under the European Program HORIZON-EIC2022-PATHFINDEROPEN-01 , entitled “Minimally-Invasive Soft-Robot-Assisted Deep-Brain Localized Therapeutics Delivery for Neurological Disorders - SoftReach” (Program Coordinator Prof. Ioannis Charalampopoulos) invites applications for one (1) motivated PhD student to assist with the design and fabrication of implants for minimally invasive robotic theurapeutic delivery in the brain.

About the lab

The “Regenerative Pharmacology” lab, led by Prof. Ioannis Charalampopoulos, focuses on the molecular mechanisms of cell survival and regenerative capacity in the adult nervous system. The lab emphasizes neurotrophins and their receptors, develops novel analogs of neurotrophin ligands with desired pharmacological properties and evaluates them in neural cultures (primary, human iPS-induced), and mouse models of neurodegeneration and CNS injury.

The (under establishment) “Biomaterials and Biodevices“ lab, led by Prof. Dimitrios Tzeranis, focuses on the development of novel biomedical devices and systems around biologically-active biomaterials. By integrating biomaterials, engineering, computational science, imaging, robotics and biology, we focus on major unmet needs (organ regeneration, treatments for neurodegeneration) related to the Nervous System

About the project :

SoftReach is an EIC project that aims to develop an innovative robotic platform for minimally-invasive localised delivery of therapeutics in hard-to- reach brain regions by integrating robotics, neurobiology, biomaterials, imaging and in silico modelling.

Position Description:

We are looking for a talented neurobiologist interested in bioengineering and the translation of life science research. The position has the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Human & mouse neural stem cell isolation, culture and quantification.
  • Design, characterization & experimental validation of tissue constructs for cell and compound delivery.
  • Development of protocols for advanced 3D imaging.
  • Validation of implant treatments in mouse models.
  • Collaborate with post-graduate and post-doctoral group members and international partners.
  • Write research articles & proceedings, give talks in international conferences, compile technical reports.
  • Requirements

    Research Field

    Biological sciences

    Education Level

    Master Degree or equivalent

    Research Field

    Biological sciences

    Education Level

    Bachelor Degree or equivalent


    Required qualifications:

  • BSc in life sciences.
  • MSc in life sciences (Exceptional applicants not holding an MSc will be considered)
  • Enrollment in a postgraduate program leading to a doctoral degree.
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English language.
  • Desired qualifications:

  • Theoretical and experimental background in neuroscience.
  • Experience in mice models and corresponding qualifications.
  • Solid background in molecular biology methods and fluorescence microscopy.
  • Experience in neural differentiation, RNA quantification, and 3D cell culture.
  • Languages




    Internal Application form(s) needed

    Application form-en.pdf


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    Additional Information


    Contract Duration: 12 months with the possibility of extension according to the project needs

    Total budget: Depends on experience and qualifications (incl. tax and social security)

    Envisaged starting date: 1 November 2023

    Application submission : Interested applicants should submit their application electronically by September 25th 2023 @ 13:00 (Greece time)

    Eligibility criteria

    Evaluation criteria

    Maximum score


    BSc in Life Sciences (degree GPA × 1.5)



    MSc in Life Sciences (degree GPA × 1)



    Experience in mice models (months × 1)



    Background in neuroscience (months x 1)



    Demonstrated experience in experimental methods (stem cells & neural differentiation = 10 points, confocal fluorescence microscopy = 10 points, 3D cell culture = 10 points, RNA quantification = 5 points)


    Total score


    Selection process

    Evaluation procedure

    Applications will be evaluated by a three-member evaluation committee. In case of interview procedure, applicants will be invited to participate in person or teleconference.

    Applicants that do not fulfill required qualifications will be excluded from evaluation. Applicants that are evaluated with score less than 60/100 will be excluded from further consideration.

    In case of titles and qualifications awarded by foreign Higher Education Institutions, the provisions of the Law 55/2023 (article 36) and 4957/2022 (article 304) are implemented.

    The results of the selection will be announced on the website of IMBB-FORTH. Applicants have the right to appeal the selection decision, by addressing their written objection to the IMBB secretariat within five days since the results announcement on the web. Objections are submitted in one of the following ways: in person, by an authorized person, by post, by courier. They also have the right to access (a) the files of the applicants as well as (b) the table of applicants' scores (ranking of applicants results). All the above information related to the selection procedure will be available at the secretariat of IMBB-FORTH in line with the Hellenic Data Protection Authority. Access to personal data of co- applicants shall be limited to personal data (and relevant data) and supporting documents which have been the basis of the evaluation of the applicants for the specific post(s). Prior to the announcement of the personal data and/or documents of the co- applicants to the applicant, FORTH will inform the data subjects in an appropriate way.

    The selected applicants will be notified personally regarding the success of his/her application and will be requested to submit certified copies of his/her degrees. If the submitted documents do not agree with the original application, the applicant will be dismissed.

    Additional comments

    GDPR Disclaimer

    FORTH is compliant with all legal procedures for the processing of personal data as defined by the Regulation EU/2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data. FORTH processes the personal data and relevant supporting documents that applicants have submitted. Processing of that data is carried out exclusively for the needs and purposes of this specific call. Such data shall not be transmitted to or communicated to any third party unless required by law.

    FORTH retains the above data up to the announcement of the final results of the call, unless further process and reservation is required by law or for purposes of exercise, enforcement, prosecution of certain one's legitimate legal rights' as defined in the Regulation EU/2016/679 and/or in national law. Under the Regulation EU/2016/679, applicants have the rights to be informed about their personal data, access to, rectification and erasure, restrictions of process and objection to as provided by applicable regulation and national laws. Applicants have the right to file a complaint to the national Data Protection Authority. For any further information regarding exercise of personal data protection rights, applicants may contact the Data Protection Officer at FORTH at [email protected].

    Applicants have the right to withdraw your application and consent for the processing of personal data at any time. In this case, FORTH shall destroy such documents and/or supporting documents submitted and shall delete the related personal data.

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