8 PhD Studentships

Proteomics applied to cultural heritage

APPLICATION PROCESS: Official calls for applications are now closed

Candidates can apply for PhD positions within the EU TEMPERA ETN network at the links indicated below:

ESR1: Proteins in figurative arts and artworks (Lille, France). Supervisor: Caroline Tokarski (call closed)

ESR2: Polychromy in architectural elements and sculpted artefacts (Copenhagen, Denmark). Supervisor: Enrico Cappellini (call closed)

ESR3: The decline of parchment use (DEVRO, UK). Supervisor: Gordon Paul (call closed)

ESR4: The rise of paper (York, UK). Supervisor: Matthew Collins (call closed)

ESR5: Bone collagen from Herculaneum and Pompeii (Naples, Italy). Supervisor: Leila Birolo(call closed)

ESR6: Top-down paleoproteomics (Copenhagen, Denmark). Supervisor: Jesper V. Olsen (call closed)

ESR7: Computational paleoproteomics (MPI, Germany). Supervisor: Jügen Cox (call closed)

ESR8: Hardware for paleoproteomics (Copenhagen, Denmark). Supervisor: Christian Kelstrup (call closed)

Eligibility for Early-stage researchers (ESR)

ESR are those who don't have a doctoral degree and 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.

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.

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.

Profiles, personal specifications and qualifications we are looking for

Despite each project requires specific competences and background, there are some traits that each TEMPERA PhD candidate should have. We look for candidates with demonstrated deep learning and analytical approach to their studies. Other requirements are: dedication, strong motivation, curiosity, interest in learning and applying new skills, equally comfortable at working as part of a team and achieving assigned tasks autonomously, care for details, inclination to provide and receive constructive feed-back, ability to keep control under pressure, positive and friendly attitude.

Benefits and salary

The MSCA programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment [Living allowance = approximately 37.320 euro/year (depending on a correction factor to be applied per country) + Monthly mobility and family allowance = 600 or 1100 euro depending on the family situation]. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.


Deadline for pre-application was 31 January 2017 at 23.59 CET. Candidates who submitted the pre-application form were informed about the pre-application outcome on Monday 20 February 2017. Official calls for applications will soon be opened by the institution within the EU TEMPERA ETN network awarding the PhD degrees. The selection process should be concluded in Spring 2017. All the selected TEMPERA PhD candidates will start their PhD program in September 2017.