15 PhD positions for Medical Doctors in the International PhD Programme EMERALD (# of pos: 15)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 28 Aug 2022


EMERALD, the first European-wide PhD program for Medical Doctors, coordinated by the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, has launched its 2nd call for applications with the aim of recruiting 15 Fellows from any nationality, to work on a PhD in 8 top biomedical research centres across Europe: BRIC (Copenhagen), CRG (Barcelona), NKI (Amsterdam), IGC (Lisbon) MDC (Berlin), VIB (Flanders), IC (Paris), and IDIBAPS (Barcelona).

The deadline for applications is the 28th of August, 2022 17h Central European Time (CET).


  • A medical doctor with up to four years of research experience?
  • Eager to explore why diseases arise and to contribute to the development of novel treatments?
  • Driven to pursue a PhD and develop your scientific competencies?


The “International PhD Programme for Medical Doctors”, EMERALD, trains and nurtures excellent physician-scientists. The programme recruits medical doctors to carry out a PhD in cutting-edge research in one of the eight recruiting European centres of excellence in life sciences and biomedicine. The recruited medical doctors will acquire unique scientific, technical, and digital skills and knowledge to advance their careers at the frontier of medicine and research, with the final goal to improve patient care and tackle global health challenges.

Biomedical research is advancing at high speed. In the last decades, we have seen major developments resulting in a significantly better understanding of the biological processes causing disease and improved treatment and healthcare. However, translating results obtained in the lab to clinical practice is often a difficult process. It requires both knowledges of medicine and biology, and experience with academic research and clinical practice. Addressing the increased need for innovative solutions in medicine requires more than ever the rise of the unique professional profile of physician-scientists, combining research with clinical care, understanding patients’ needs and driving research forward to address them.


The fellows will enroll in the international PhD programme at the host institute, benefiting from competitive salaries, an international, stimulating and creative environment, advanced training, tailored career development and mentoring programmes, and access to high-end technologies and facilities. They will be supervised by the host Principal Investigator (PI), and co-supervised by a second PI. The choice of co-supervision will be driven by the fellow and the host PI.

They will also benefit from a joint international training and mentoring programme provided by EMERALD, with the opportunity to build valuable international networks with multiple actors in academia, hospitals, patients’ organizations and the private sector. The joint training and mentoring programme is a unique feature of EMERALD, entailing a common online training platform, dedicated summer schools on the latest technologies, and mentoring activities (peer-to-peer, and mentee-mentor). Training will focus on four complementary tracks: 1) excellent and cutting-edge biomedical research and technology; 2) open and responsible research; 3) innovation and knowledge transfer; and 4) professional empowerment.

Details for all the positions can be found on the EMERALD webpage: https://emerald-mdphd.eu/fellows/ .


Each position will be based at one of the eight host institutes, each with strong experience in research training programmes and with most of them having previously run training programmes specifically for physician-scientists. Alongside the host institutions, there are more than 30 EMERALD partners from 10 European countries, including universities, hospitals, patient associations, pharmaceutical companies and publishers, with each partner offering secondment opportunities, collaborations and bespoke training for the medical doctors.

  • Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), University of Copenhagen, Ole Maaløes Vej 5, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark; Positions at BRIC: https://emerald-mdphd.eu/hosting-institutions/bric/
  • Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Dr. Aiguader 88, 08003 Barcelona, Spain; Positions at CRG: https://emerald-mdphd.eu/hosting-institutions/crg/
  • Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), Plesmanlaan 121, 1066 CX Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Positions at NKI: https://emerald-mdphd.eu/hosting-institutions/nki/
  • Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), Rua da Quinta Grande, 6, 2780-156 Oeiras, Portugal; Positions at IGC: https://emerald-mdphd.eu/hosting-institutions/igc/
  • Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Robert-Rössle-Str. 10, 13125 Berlin, Germany; Positions at MDC: https://emerald-mdphd.eu/hosting-institutions/mdc/
  • The Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB), Rijvisschestraat 120, 9052 Gent, Belgium; Positions at VIB: https://emerald-mdphd.eu/hosting-institutions/vib/
  • Institut Curie (IC), 26 rue d'Ulm, 75248 Paris cedex 05 , Paris, France; Positions at IC: https://emerald-mdphd.eu/hosting-institutions/ic/
  • Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Roselló 149, 08036 Barcelona, Spain; Positions at IDIBAPS: https://emerald-mdphd.eu/hosting-institutions/idibaps/

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