Upper Rhine
Immunology Group

Position Vacant

The Eucor Upper Rhine Immunology doctoral programme (EURIdoc) is a doctoral programme of Eucor – The European Campus and the Upper Rhine Immunology Group, a network of immunologists in the tri-national region of Germany, France and Switzerland initiated in 2017.

For more detailed information on EURIdoc, visit www.urigroup.eu/euridoc/


This is the second call for one EURIdoc PhD position in Immunology and Biomedicine at the Medical Center - University of Freiburg, Germany, entitled: Targeting drivers of disease progression in hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) (see project description).


Appointment conditions:

The PhD fellow will obtain a 4-year full-time equivalent contract allowing them to dedicate 100% of their working time to research and training. Each fellow will have a work contract with full social benefits and conditions offered by the Medical Center - University of Freiburg.

The PhD fellow recruited will be admitted to the Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM), University of Freiburg, and obtain their PhD degree from the University of Freiburg, Germany. The fellow will be supervised by a team comprising i) the academic main supervisor, affiliated with the recruiting university, ii) a co-supervisor and iii) an educational mentor. The co-supervisor is either from another university or from a different discipline. The mentor is either from the industrial sector or is a university professor with teaching obligations. The successful candidate will be asked to take a secondment (internship) in the laboratory of their co-supervisor. A secondment in the industry sector is also possible.

The PhD fellow will have access to scientific and technical infrastructure as well as to disciplinary and interdisciplinary training programmes of all participating universities.


EURIDoc Timeline for Applications:

Key dates, all in 2022:

  • Thursday 28 July                  Application deadline
  • 1 August – 2 September    Evaluation of eligible applications by external experts
  • 2 – 9 September                   Applicants are advised if they have been selected for an interview or not. Those selected will also be informed of the time and date of the interview. Applicants will be asked to confirm their attendance before 18:00 EST on 9.09.2022.
  • 19 – 23 September             Interview phase
  • 26 – 28 September             Position offered to the successful applicant
  • 30 September                      Deadline for successful candidate to inform of acceptance.


If the person declines, the position will be offered to the second person on the shortlist who will also be given two days to inform of the decision. We will continue the procedure until a candidate accepts the offer. Once a candidate accepts, all other applicants will be informed that the position has been filled and the successful candidate will be announced on the URI website.


Eligibility criteria

EURIdoc has the following eligibility criteria:

1.  The candidates must hold an academic degree, which allows them to embark on a doctoral programme at the recruiting universities at the time of application.

2.  The candidates should have studied any field of the life sciences, such as biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or molecular medicine.

3.  The candidates must be, at the date of the call deadline, within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) after achieving a Master degree or equivalent qualification and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.

4.  The candidates must comply with the mobility requirements of the PhD programme (MSCA-rules): not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the recruiting country (Germany) for more than 12 months in the 3 years before the call deadline (28 July 2022). For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) is not counted as a period of residence/activity in the country of the host organisation. Applicants will be required to sign a self-declaration that she/he complies with the MSCA mobility criterion.

Example: to be recruited by the Medical Center - University of Freiburg, Germany, the applicant must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity in Germany for more than 12 months between 27 July 2019 and 28 July 2022.


How to apply:

All applications must be submitted via the application tool of the Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM).

First, you will be asked to register and your email address will be verified. Only after the successful verification will you be able to type in your application.

Important: Please make sure that you select the “EURIdoc” radio button when you register.

If successfully registered, you will receive an email at the address provided with instructions on how to continue with the application. Once you start filling out your application, the information you have entered is saved automatically by the system. If you stop entering data for too long the system will log you out. You will have to re-enter your login data on the SGBM homepage (www.sgbm.uni-freiburg.de) to resume your application.


Relevant information/documents required1

 - Personal data/contact details;

 - Bachelor and Master degrees (or equivalent) - transcripts and certificates;

 - Optional: Proof of English proficiency;

 - Motivation letter and Research Interests.


1Privacy note. By submitting their application via the dedicated form on the SGBM website, applicants agree to the processing of the information provided by them for evaluation and selection purposes. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you have the right to request access to your personal data, to request that your personal data be rectified or erased, and to request that processing of your personal data be restricted.


Please make sure that you only upload documents/files that are NOT secured or protected, otherwise the system will not be able to process them properly.

In addition, you will have to download from the URI website a self-declaration that you comply with the mobility rule and that you understand the ethical implication of the PhD project. Once the self-declaration form is signed, please send it via email to sgbm-info@sgbm.uni-freiburg.de.

An application is only valid if submitted in full via the online application tool before or on the date of the application deadline (28 July 2022).


Selection process:

The selection and evaluation process of EURIdoc follows the principles of the Horizon 2020 Grants Manual2 regarding Excellence, Transparency, Fairness and Impartiality, Efficiency, Speed, Ethics and Security. The participating member universities of Eucor – The European Campus and the partner institutions also adhere to the European Charter and Code for the recruitment and employment of researchers and have extensive experience in recruiting researchers3


Written application

1.  The application documents of all candidates whose applications are complete and who have passed the eligibility check will be evaluated by external experts.

2.  The candidate will be evaluated on

       a. Qualifications

       b. Work experience

       c. Motivation letter

       d. Research interests


Recommended content for the Motivation letter (Tab 10.1) (max 500 words):

1. Motivation to pursue a PhD in immunology in the context of EURIdoc

2. Expectations from the EURIdoc programme

3. How do you see your contribution to the programme and the PhD project?


Recommended content for the Research interests (Tab 10.3) (max 500 words):

1. Describe your research interests

2. Explain how your experience fits this position.

Please note that you can rectify your personal data only, such as name(s) and the birth date; email addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses; academic affiliations, the factual information about your education and work experience (such starting and termination dates), etc. You cannot use the right to rectify the data to improve your CV presentation or the motivation letter after the submission deadline, as it places at a disadvantage other EURIdoc applicants.

2 https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/docs/h2020-funding-guide/grants/from-evaluation-to-grant-signature/evaluation-of-proposals_en.htm

3 https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter



The candidates given the highest scores by the external evaluators will be invited for an interview, which will be carried out by a panel consisting of the supervisor and independent experts. Interviews will be carried out via a teleconferencing system.

1.  Each candidate gives a 7 min white board presentation (no power point) of his/her Master thesis. The panel scores the candidates on the clarity and scientific content of the presentations and their English proficiency.

2.  The presentation is followed by a 12 min discussion in which the evaluation panel asks questions to assess further the scientific capacities of the applicant, the motivation to join the EURIdoc programme, the interest in the PhD project and the future career plans.

3.  Understanding of ethical issues will be checked during the interviews.

Based on the interview results the candidates will be ranked. The first applicant on the short list will be offered the position.


Other information:

Report: Upon submission, each candidate will receive an auto-generated email informing of the reception of the application.

Redress: The appeal procedure will only evaluate the evaluation and selection procedure for candidates invited for an interview and not any scientific judgment about the candidate. Each candidate has the possibility to apply to the Redress Committee for an appeal procedure. The appeal should consist of a one-page letter stating his/her case to the EURIdoc programme coordinator. The Redress Committee, composed of the SGBM coordinator and the Selection Control Committee, will discuss the case and inform the candidate of the outcome within one week. In case the appeal is deemed justified the Steering Committee is informed, and the application will again be evaluated and/or the applicant interviewed by distant communication means.


For questions regarding the EURIdoc PhD programme write to:

euridoc@eucor-uni.org (place EURIdoc in the subject field)


Eucor – The European Campus

Coordination Office, University of Strasbourg
Maison Universitaire Internationale
11, Presqu’ile André Malraux
67000 Strasbourg


For questions regarding the application procedure write to:

sgbm-info@sgbm.uni-freiburg.de (add EURIdoc in the subject field)

or call +49 (0)761 203 4975

Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine
Albertstraße 19A
79104 Freiburg, Germany