Application for ITN "Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates" (IGNITE)

Application for a PhD/Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN)

“Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates” (IGNITE) 


Invertebrates, i.e., animals without a backbone, represent 95% of animal diversity on earth but are a surprisingly underexplored reservoir of genetic resources. The content and architecture of their genomes remains poorly characterised, but such knowledge is needed to fully appreciate their evolutionary, ecological and socio­-economic importance, as well as to leverage the benefits they can provide to human well-being, for example as a source for novel drugs and biomimetic materials. Europe is home to world-leading expertise in invertebrate genomics and IGNITE will gather together this European excellence to train a new generation of scientists skilled in all aspects of invertebrate genomics. We will considerably enhance our knowledge and understanding of animal genome knowledge by generating and analysing novel data from undersampled invertebrate lineages and by developing innovative new tools for high-quality genome assembly and analysis. The well-trained genome scientists emerging from IGNITE will be in great demand in universities, research institutions, as well as in software, biomedical, agrofood and pharmaceutical companies. Through their excellent interdisciplinary and intersectoral training spanning from biology and geobiology to bioinformatics and computer science, our graduates will be in a prime position to take up leadership roles in both academia and industry in order to drive the complex changes needed to advance sustainability of our knowledge-based society and economy.

IGNITE is an European Training Network and we are searching for applicants with a broad interest in invertebrate genomics.
The IGNITE consortium acknowledges that genomics is still a largely male-dominated field and aims to change this situation. Females are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.

All positions are open from 1st July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Details on the 15 IGNITE projects can be found at

Applicants can be of any nationality and must comply with mobility criteria concerning positions for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. They must:

  • Have less than 4 years full-time research experience at the time of recruitment by the host organisation (contract signature). The four years are measured from the date when the researchers obtained the degree that formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
  • Not have a PhD yet.
  • Not have resided or carried our their main activity in the country of the host organization for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.
  • Have excellent knowledge of the English language (spoken and written / proficiency level).

europeNew application deadline was April 3 (noon, CET), 2018.

This project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 764840.