Application Rules

OPEN CALL: 7 October-2 December 2019

The Horizon 2020 MSCA joint doctoral project TubInTrain (“Tuning Tubulin Dynamics and Interactions to Face Neurotoxicity: a Multidisciplinary Approach for Training and Research”), is run by a Consortium of Universities in cooperation with Industries, with the aim to offer an innovative PhD level training in Chemistry and Biology of Neurodegeneration to 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESR). ESRs will be enrolled for their PhD in academic year 2019/2020, starting their activity not later than 1 March 2020. The course will conclude in academic year 2021/2022.


  • University of Milan (Chemistry, Biosciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences Departments), Italy – Coordinating University
  • University of Strasbourg, UMR 7140 CNRS/Unistra, France
  • University of Paris-Sud (BiOCIS, UMR CNRS 8076), France (Ph.D. title issued by University Paris-Saclay).
  • Paul Scherrer Institut (Division of Biology and Chemistry), Switzerland (Ph.D. title issued by University of Basel)
  • Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas (Chemical and Physical Biology Department), Spain (Ph.D. title issued by Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo)
  • University of Barcelona (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedicine), Spain
  • University of Osnabrueck (Neurobiology Department), Germany


  • Flamma SPA, Italy
  • Ionovation , Germany
  • Biorep SRL, Italy
  • Indena SPA, Italy
  • Biomax Informatics AG, Germany
  • Bionext, Netherlands
  • LeadXpro AG, Switzerland
  • Lifeglimmer GMBH, Germany
  • Ospedale San Raffaele, Italy
  • AnkarPharma, Spain

The TubInTrain PhD programme aims to define a new joint PhD educational model in Chemistry and Biology of Neurodegeneration. An active contribution of Industry in training activities is a relevant feature of the programme. The scientific approach proposed by the TubInTrain consortium is strongly multidisciplinary and will involve a number of different state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies.


Basing on the TubInTrain research programme, applicants are requested to choose among 13 different and multidisciplinary projects strongly related to each other. Different state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies relevant to the project are listed below:

  • Computational chemistry
  • Chemoinformatics
  • Chemical synthesis
  • Bioanalytics and biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Structural Biology
  • In vitro biological evaluation
  • Molecular imaging
  • Metabolomics

Each TubInTrain multidisciplinary project will be carried out in two of the following doctorate courses/schools and research groups depending on the specific topic.


  • University of Milan: Doctorate Course in Chemistry
  • University of Milan: Doctorate Course in Industrial Chemistry
  • University of Milan: Doctorate Course in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • University of Milan: Doctorate Course in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • University of Strasbourg: Ecole Doctorale des Sciences Chimiques
  • University of Paris-Saclay: Doctorate Course in Therapeutic Innovation
  • University of Barcelona: Doctorate School in Biotechnology
  • Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo: Doctorate Course in Science and Technology
  • University of Osnabruek: Doctorate Course in Biosciences
  • University of Basel: Doctorate School in Biochemistry


Each ESR will attend the following training activities:

  • Training through advanced courses and acquisition of soft and transferable skills provided by home University’s doctorate courses/schools;
  • Network-wide multidisciplinary training activities at the general Network Meetings/Summer Schools;
  • Twelve-month secondment at one of the Partner Universities jointly awarding the doctoral degree to complement the training through research methods offered at the home institutions
  • Three-month secondment at one of the industrial partners.

Details concerning the project and secondments of each ESR can be found on the website


Why should YOU participate into the TubInTrain programme?


  • Cutting-edge research on Chemistry and Biology of Neurodegeneration
  • Top research centers in Europe
  • Inter- and multi-disciplinary programmes
  • Advanced courses; summer schools; seminars
  • International mobility plan
  • Stage Scholarship opportunities in Industry



Each ESR will receive a 36-month grant to cover his/her participation costs, living, travel and installation allowance, family allowance, as follows:


Living allowance €  3,270/montha,b
Mobility allowance €  600/month
Family allowance €  250/monthc


aThis amount is then adjusted through the application of a correction coefficient to the living allowance of the country in which the researcher will be recruited. bThe living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the researcher. Consequently, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. cThe family allowance will be paid should the researcher have family.

The ESR will be provided with office space and all facilities for his/her research programme.

Eligibility criteria

There are strict eligibility requirements for the ESR positions in MSCA-ITN. Please ensure to be qualified before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered.


  • Admission to the programme is open to applicants who hold a Master Degree (120 ECTS + 180 ECTS in a bachelor degree, at least 300 ECTS and five years of legal duration in total) or a Single Cycle Degree (minimum 300 ECTS, at least five years of legal duration), or a comparable university degree (Second Cycle qualification), as required by the partner universities for admission to doctoral studies. The above mentioned degree must be obtained before the deadline indicated in this call for applicants.
  • Requirements set by the Consortium concern master’s degree (or equivalent) graduates in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry, biomedical and biopharmaceutical sciences, medicine.
  • Applicants are required to be proficient in the English language. Those who have passed an English proficiency test such as (but not limited to) IELTS or TOEFL should enclose the relevant certificate with their application. English proficiency of short listed applicants shall be assessed during the selection interview (see Selection Procedure).


  • Applicants should – at the time of recruitment – be in the first four years (full time equivalent research experience) of their research careers not yet have been awarded a doctorate. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


The Recruitment board will pay special attention to respect gender balance (at least 40% of women).

Selection criteria

The ESR will be selected on the basis of the following criteria (in random order):

  • scientific skills and research experience;
  • ability to collaborate and communicate;
  • career profile and potential for excellence;
  • expected impact of the proposed training on their career;
  • research project

How to apply

Applications must be submitted by December 2nd, 2019 at 23:00 central European time (

Applicants are required to submit the following documents in  PDF format along with the application form at the e-mail address  Applicants must also provide two reference letters drafted according to Form 4 by the competition deadline, from persons who have had a role in their education. The reference letters in PDF format must be sent by e-mail directly by the said persons to


Handwritten applications and applications sent by email, post or fax will not be accepted.

  • Detailed curriculum vitae (European format; List of Publications, Participation in funded research projects, Other qualifications, if any, must be included)
  • Certified copy of Academic Degree/s in original language along with a certified translation into English, and/or Diploma Supplement (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of official Academic Transcripts relating to all academic courses taken to earn every degree (bachelor/master or equivalent), translated into English, and correspondent grade point average
  • Applicant’s proposed project within one of the TubInTrain multidisciplinary projects (Form 1)
  • Letter of research statement, describing the applicant’s research experience in relation with the project/s s/he is applying for (max 1500 words). The letter will report a description of the applicant’s master research project and a self-evaluation on scientific and soft skills ((Form 2)
  • Motivation letter (Form 3)
  • English test result (if available)
  • Copy of passport (or, for EU citizens, equivalent ID document)
  • A declaration by the applicant (signed and dated) certifying that all the information given in the application is true and correct (Attachment A).


Failure to submit any of the above documents with the exception of: Diploma Supplement, publications, English test results, other qualifications and documents referring to the participation in funded research projects, implies exclusion from the TubInTrain assessment procedure. The lack of the two reference letters will also imply exclusion from the procedure.

Attachment A and form 1, 2, 3 and 4 can be downloaded from

All data provided by the applicants are processed solely for the purpose of the TubInTrain call for applicants.

Selection Procedure

The two-step procedure for applicants’ selection is based on assessment of the documents attached to the application and on an interview (videoconference) to those applicants who have passed the first-step selection.


Shortlisted applicants will be informed of the interview process within two weeks of the deadline for applications by consulting the TubInTrain website.


Upon completion of the two-step procedure an applicants’ ranking list will be published on the TubInTrain website based on the total score assigned to each applicant. A reserve list will be created.


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