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University Medicine Rostock

BBDiag ESR fellowship adverts


The Research Programme

BBDiag is an Innovative Training Networks funded under the EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions to train thirteen Early-stage Researchers (ESRs) for the field of blood biomarker-based diagnostics for early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. It brings together leading academic and industrial experts from five major consortia in Europe and China, and uses their synergies to build a triple-i (interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international) research & training platform with the required multidisciplinary expertise and cutting-edge technologies. BBDiag Fellows will be trained under the Vitae Researcher Development Framework innovatively combined with the BBDiag research platform for gaining interdisciplinary scientific and transferable skills as well as personal quality, creative thinking and business mind-set. The ETN has a highly innovative research programme for the discovery of AD biomarkers, preclinical and clinical validation, development of novel biosensing techniques and point of care tools for clinical trials and technological exploitation of the diagnostics. The advances of the BBDiag project will strongly support improved care provision and development of disease-modifying treatments and preventive strategies for AD patients, and most importantly produce a new generation of Fellows who will take leading roles in future developments in this and related areas.

The PhD fellowship at the University Medicine Rostock

The PhD position is for translational clinical research. The PhD project mainly analyzes the diagnostic and prognostic use of novel blood based biomarkers in patients with neurodegenerative dementias and in transgenic models of cerebral amyloidosis. Relevant issues include: i) whether novel blood based biomarkers reach clinically relevant diagnostic and prognostic accuracy in reference to established biomarker based diagnosis and imaging endophenotypes of prodromal and clinical Alzheimer’s disease dementia; ii) blood based biomarkers in serum of transgenic models of cerebral amyloidosis in reference to ultrahighfield MRI and amyloid PET phenotype; iii) the design of clinical diagnostic and prognostic trials in monocentre and multicentre set-up including recruitment from both university centres and primary care. Clinical outcomes shall be studied across countries, with a particular emphasis on understanding what constitutes the relevance of diagnostic and prognostic tests for a given health care system.

Application process

BBDiag Fellows are required to apply to, and be admitted by, their host Institutions or academic partners for their PhD degrees. Fellows are exempt from tuition fees for their PhD studies.
Links for Information relating to the PhD Programmes and the admission procedure.

Application deadline

Contact person
Prof. Dr. Stefan Teipel
Department of Psychosomatic Medicine
University of Rostock,
and DZNE Rostock,
Gehlsheimer Str. 20,
18147 Rostock, Germany
Tel.: 01149-381-494-9470
Fax: 01149-381-494-9472
E-mail: stefan.teipel@med.uni-rostock.de


  • The basic living allowance for the ESR Fellowships is about 3072,68 € gross per month + mobility allowance (€ 600/month) + family allowance (€ 500/month for fellows with family charges).
  • Fellows shall be appointed with an employment contract limited to 36 months.

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General Requirements

    First degree with minimum of 2.1 honours in cognitive science, psychology, medicine, gerontology or related field
    Master degree or equivalent in cognitive science, psychology, medicine, gerontology or related field, or PhD level research experience in clinical research, cognitive psychology, neuroimaging.
    ENGLISH: fluent in speaking, reading and writing, for applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum of IELTS 6.5 is required GERMAN: basis knowledge in speaking, reading and writing, for applicants whose native language is not German, a minimum of A2 equivalent is desired.
    GERMAN: basis knowledge in speaking, reading and writing, for applicants whose native language is not German, a minimum of A2 equivalent is desired.

Specific Requirements

When short-listing of candidates, BBDiag must comply with the following rules:
  • MSCA Early-stage Researcher rules: Candidates must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Research experience is calculated from the date they obtained a qualification (Master or equivalent) allowing them to embark on a doctorate.
  • MSCA mobility rules: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary 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 under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account. For international European interest organisations or international organisations, recruited fellows must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date at the same appointing organisation.
    Equality rules: All candidates have the equal rights to be selected irrespective of their nationality, race and gender.

Closing date: 31.03.2017
Closing date: 31 March 2017 Published on academics.com on date 1 March 2017
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