15 PhD positions in the biomedical Innovative Training Network “Thrombo-Inflammation in Cardiovascular Disease” (TICARDIO)

We offer 15 PhD positions for biomedical doctoral students within the ITN “Thrombo-Inflammation in Cardiovascular Disease” (TICARDIO), starting in October 2019. Please visit www.ticardio.eu for a description of the projects. All projects are collaborative projects and will be conducted at two European research locations and the location of a non-academic (industry) partner.

The TICARDIO research locations are:

  1. Center for Thrombosis and Hemostasis (CTH, University Medical Center Mainz, Germany); www.cth-mainz.de
  2. School for Cardiovascular Diseases Maastricht (CARIM, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands); www.carimmaastricht.nl
  3. Center for CardioVascular and Nutrition research (C2VN, Aix-Marseille Université, France); https://pharmacie.univ-amu.fr/c2vn
  4. Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften, ISAS (Dortmund, Germany); www.isas.de

The TICARDIO partner organizations are:

  1. Bayer, a top-20 leading pharmaceutical company, Germany
  2. Boehringer Ingelheim, another top-20 leading pharmaceutical company, Germany
  3. BioCytex, a French biotech company
  4. Translational Oncology at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (TRON), an academic non-profit research institution, Germany
  5. 2M Engineering, a Dutch high-tech SME
  6. ttopstart, a Dutch science and business consulting company

Benefits of working in our ITN

  • You will be working within our international group of > 30 researchers
  • You will be involved in cutting-edge research in an interdisciplinary environment
  • You will conduct your project at two research locations and the site of an industry partner (6-12 months stay at the second research location plus 2-3 month stay at the industry partner)
  •  You will receive excellent network-wide and local training and will be able to participate in TICARDIO and other external conferences
  • You will receive a 36 months’ contract with all national social security contributions (and family allowance, if applicable) at the primary research location
  • You will obtain a joint doctoral degree from the two local Universities involved in your project


  • You have a Master degree (or equivalent) in biomedical sciences or a similar field
  • You are in the first four years of your research career and do not hold a doctoral degree
  • You must not have resided in the country where you are recruited (primary research location) for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the recruitment
  • Ideally, you have experience in cardiovascular research (for specific project requirements see www.ticardio.eu/projects)

How to Apply

Please visit www.ticardio.eu for all information on the recruitment process and required application documents. Application deadline: July 21, 2019

TICARDIO receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 813409. 

Figure legend: Stages of platelet activation and thrombus formation. From: Versteeg et al., Physiol Rev (2013) 93: 327

Colocalization of platelets, endothelial cells and fibrin by real time confocal microscopy at the site of thrombosis in a living mouse. Blue : endothelium; Red: Platelets; Green : fibrin. ©C2VN, Aix-Marseille Université


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