In the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie ETN SynCrop – Synthetic Circuits for Robust Orthogonal Production, we are looking for a motivated PhD student in systems biology who is close to finishing his/her Master and willing to do a computational PhD in Amsterdam, hopefully at the 1st of July or soon thereafter.

Open PhD position in Amsterdam in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

Innovative Training Network ‘’SYNCROP’’




Applications are invited for a PhD position (early-stage researchers (ESRs)) funded by Marie-Sklodowska-Curie ETN SynCrop – SyntheticCircuits for Robust Orthogonal Production. SynCrop team brings together ten academic partners and six industrial partners located in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands and UK. The main objective of SynCrop is to investigate modular and tunable synthetic circuits and foster the development of novel production platforms for food additives (e.g. vitamins, carotenoids and exopolysaccharides), and further develop the field of synthetic biology. TheESRs will be trained in one or more areas of quantitative (single-cell) biology, biophysics, biological chemistry, cell engineering, mathematical modelling and microbial physiology, and they will be able to usestate-of-the-art methodologies within an intersectorial and multidisciplinary network.

Because of early resignation of its ESR, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL has reopened a position available for the project: Whole cell models with robust and adaptive controllers. For more information please visit SynCrop web page ( or contact prof Bas Teusink (

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria:

  1. Early-stage researchers(ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which 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 research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.
  2. Conditions of international mobility of researchers:Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers 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 their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  3. English language:Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training

Benefits and salary

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers

The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if already married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 24 months by the EU, and 12 months from external resources. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences. Preferably the student can start 1stof July 2019.