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Laboratory and computer work for GET-IN doctoral network

Job Decription


KU Leuven University Library

Organisation/Company: KU Leuven

Research Field: Gene therapy

Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)

Country: Belgium-The Netherlands-Germany-France-Italy-Greece

Application Deadline: August 15 2023 - 17:00 (CET)

Type of Contract: Temporary

Job Status: Full-time

Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number 101119880


GET-IN is a doctoral training network in the field of gene therapy that will address several challenges in today’s Advanced Therapy Medical Product (ATMP) field through game changing innovations in (1) viral vector production, (2) design of experiments, (3) quality by design, (4) digital twin simulation, (5) CRISPR genome editing and (6) organoid-on-chip engineering for more relevant safety and efficacy evaluation. 

The GET-IN network is built around a community of leading experts and will train 10 doctoral candidates (DCs) as the next generation of gene therapy innovators and research leaders both in academia and industry. The network is international, multidisciplinary and multisectoral consisting of 7 academic and 8 non-academic partners in 6 EU countries (Belgium-The Netherlands-Germany-France-Italy-Greece). 

The joint training programme will ignite responsible, cooperative research and innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship to maximize the career potential of the DCs, including international mobility and intersectoral secondments for all DCs.

GET-IN is recruiting highly motivated candidates willing and excited to go the extra mile. GET IN DCs are not only expected to deliver on their individual research projects, but also to actively participate in 6-monthly organized network-wide training weeks, intersectoral secondments, a variety of additional (online) training modules including transferable skills courses and participate in relevant workshops and conferences.


We welcome applicants of any nationality and background, provided that they fulfil the following specific requirements: 

  • Applicants hold a MSc or equivalent degree in a subject specified in the description of the individual PhD projects.

  • Applications do not hold a PhD degree or have successfully defended their PhD.

  • Applicants have the necessary academic skills and background to make the success of a doctoral degree. The skills needed will depend on the project chosen.

  • Applicants did not reside or carry out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not considered (mobility rule).

  • Applicants must fulfil the local requirements and must be eligible to enrol the PhD programme at the host institution.

  • Applicants demonstrate high level of proficiency in written and spoken English, which will be assessed with the motivation letter and the interview, respectively


The selected candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Doctoral Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and 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 applicable). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e., EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on the local Supervisor, and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin).


All applications need to be submitted through the online recruitment portal on the GET-IN website. Candidates can only apply once electronically indicating their preference for as many as three positions. Candidates have to provide the following documents:

  • A detailed CV (Europass model).

  • A motivation letter (max 2 pages) highlighting your research experience, academic achievements and reasoning your interest in GET-IN and selected research projects

  • At least two letters of reference from former mentors

  • Transcripts of bachelor and master’s degree (with translation to English, if needed). These documents must show the grades attained in exam periods, when applicable, and evidence that the required degree will be obtained by the expected time of recruitment if it has not already been awarded.


Applications are made through the online application form on the GET-IN recruitment webpage ( All eligible applications will be reviewed by the corresponding supervisory team and the best candidates will be invited for a videoconference interview. All candidates will be interviewed by the recruitment committee. After the interviewing round, the supervisory teams will shortlist applicants. Final ranking of applicants will be made by the recruitment committee. Please note, the final appointment of the selected DCs will be subject to approval by the Doctoral School at the host institution where the candidate is enrolled.

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