eCHO Systems

Innovative training network (ITN)

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642663”

The eCHO Systems international training network (ITN) is a collaborative effort of four academic and 15 industrial partners, jointly training 15 PhDs, seeking to significantly advance the CHO cell platform for production of biopharmaceuticals. Chinese hamster (CHO) ovary cells are the production host for a +50 billion €/yr biopharmaceuticals market. Our primary goal is the development and application of synthetic and systems biology tools to develop the next generation of these cell factories.

Five partners will at this point be hiring candidates for this project: Technical University of Denmark, University of Kent, Dublin City University, acib GmbH, and UCB Pharma SA. All applications should be directed to the job portals at those sites (See details from Note that a varying number of positions are available at each site. We welcome applications for multiple positions and sites, but emphasize that the applications must be directed towards individual PhD-projects in the program.

The ITN program has a strong focus on public-private partnerships, and thus will all candidates either be based at a company or have one or more periods of secondment with a company partner. All candidates will also have assigned an industrial mentor to help focus on applicability of the research results seen from an industrial perspective.

All candidates will go through a defined training program taking courses in cell culture, systems biology, state-of-the-art analytical technologies, and bio-based entrepreneurship.

Note that as a Marie Curie Early stage researcher, you shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. At the time of recruitment, you shall not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies etc.) in the country of the employer for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.