Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers for the program “Healthage”: Lifespan Regulation Mechanisms in Health and Disease”

15 PhD positions are available for highly motivated Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions as part of the new H2020, EU-funded, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Joint Training and Research Programme on Lifespan Regulation Mechanisms in Health and Disease “Healthage”.

The HealthAge consortium was carefully designed to create a joint European program of excellence in training and research with a core intellectual focus on the functional role Lifespan Regulation Mechanisms in Health and Disease. The Action addresses a major research topic with great socioeconomic impact in Europe, builds a well-structured multi-disciplinary European science area with strong links to the non-academic sector; together these attributes will provide young researchers with a unique skill set that will greatly enhance their future career prospects. The consortium is composed of 11 academic and 4 non-academic participants. We are now looking for 15 highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to work towards their PhD on Lifespan Regulation Mechanisms in Health and Disease.

We offer:

  • a comprehensive, interactive and international training programme covering innovative and state-of-the-art approaches to the field of Lifespan Regulation Mechanisms in multiple organisms.
  • a series of research-specific, complementary and soft skills, that involve both the academic and industry sectors and are tailor-made to prepare young researchers for their future careers.
  • a competitive salary, which is adjusted for their host country.
  • a mobility allowance and a family allowance (where applicable) as part of the employment package.

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicants can be of any nationality.
  • They should be within four years of the diploma granting them access to doctorate studies at the time of recruitment,
  • The applicant must not have resided for more than 12 months prior to the singing her/his contract in the country of the host institute.
  • Applicants should be proficient in written and spoken English.


How to apply

All vacancies are advertised at

Applications should be uploaded through the Program’s website link: (Name/Surname, Email:, ESR position tick box). Each applicant may apply separately for more than one position. Applications should include:

  1. an up-to-date CV (max. 4 pages),
  2. a cover letter that describes the applicants’ motivation to apply (max. 1 page) and,
  3. the contact details of at least two referees.

All requested information should be submitted as a single PDF file of less than 2Mb. Only complete applications will be considered.

Deadline of application: April 15, 2020


Open positions:

ESR1: “Longevity assurance mechanisms and the DNA damage response” Björn Schumacher Group website  About the PI
ESR2: “Novel interactions between genes and nutrition in aged” Johan Auwerx Group website  About the PI
ESR3: “Identification of biological mechanisms that drive age-related protein toxicity” Ellen Nollen Group website  About the PI
ESR4: “Mitophagy in neuronal physiology and neurodegeneration during ageing” Nektarios Tavernarakis Group website  About the PI
ESR5: “The role of arginine metabolism in mTOR signaling during ageing and cancer” Michael Hall Group website  About the PI
ESR6:  “Role of telomeres in neuronal ageing” Eric Gilson Group website  About the PI
ESR7:  “Chronic inflammation and metabolic reprogramming during ageing” George A. Garinis Group website  About the PI
ESR8:  “The impact of genome instability in cellular senescence and ageing” Yosef Shiloh Group website  About the PI
ESR9:  “Phenotypic analysis of progeroid mice under dietary restriction and pharmacological interventions” Vassiliki Nikoletopoulou Group website  About the PI
ESR10:  “The role of Opa1-dependent mitochondrial cristae remodelling in age-related diseases” Luca Scorrano Group website  About the PI
ESR11:  “Development of senolytic strategies against age-related diseases” Manuel Serrano Group website  About the PI
ESR12:  “Development of novel bioinformatics algorithms to integrate multi-dimensional datasets for a systems biological view on ageing” Matti Nykter Group website  About the PI
ESR13: “Development of miniaturized DNA repair assays for animal models of ageing” Sylvie Sauvaigo Group website  About the PI
ESR14:  “Signalling and secretome analysis for biomarker discovery and compound evaluation during ageing” Leonidas Alexopoulos Group website  About the PI
ESR15:  “Evaluation of nutraceuticals against age-related diseases” Matteo Cornaglia Group website  About the PI