12 PhD Fellowships in Fruit Plants Genomics and Molecular Physiology

Talented and motivated candidates who have, or are expecting to obtain a Master or equivalent degree in a field relevant to the research undertaken within the GMPF programme, are invited to submit their application on-line.

The on-line application is open from 20 January to 18 February (12 pm central European time)
Short listed candidates will be invited for an interview on 13-15 April

Candidates can postulate for one to three specific projects chosen among the 32 proposed ones. For this call, Fellowships are available to support 12 PhD students for 3 to 4 years. Each project is developed as collaboration between researchers at the Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) and one or more GMPF partner institutions.

The official working language is English.

About the Fellowships

Fellowships include a salary of 20.000 Euro per year (before taxes), which is provided for 3 years with the possibility to extend it for 1 more year, pending the approval of the Tutor Committee. Students will also benefit of bench fees and reimbursement for travelling to the other partner institutions.

Note that the GMPF PhD programme does not handle requests for registration as PhD student. FEM is a research Foundation and cannot issue the PhD degree. Therefore successful candidates will have to register as PhD students with the University partner of the project or with another University.

Fellow students will have 1 year from when the fellowships starts to register as PhD students. If at the end of the first year the selected candidate is not yet registered as PhD student, the fellowship will stop.

The PhD curricula are carried out according to the rules of the University where the candidate is enrolled. In addition to the official graduate certificate issued by the University, the GMPF PhD Programme issues a specific certificate.


The applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent from a university in the field of Life Sciences or Bioinformatics. It is also possible to apply when the Master’s degree will be obtained after the application deadline. The fellowship can start as early as 1 June 2011 but no later than 1 November 2011, depending on the project.

To apply please fill in the dedicated webform . During the application process you will be asked to include the following documents:

1. Your CV (max. 1 page)
2. A scanned copy of your valid id card (EU citizens) or passport (non EU citizens)
Only applications accompanied by 2 letters of reference sent by the referees will be accepted. Please note that once you “submit” your application, the referees you have indicated will be automatically informed by email that you are applying to the GMPF programme and they will be asked to fill in the dedicated on-line referee form. Referee forms sent by the applicants will not be considered. Please inform your referees early enough to allow them to transmit the letter in time!

Referee form deadline submission: 20 February 2011 (12 pm central European time)

Assessment and selection procedure

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their curriculum and of the letters of recommendation.

Short-listed candidates will be informed by 25 March and will be invited for a two-days interview to be held at FEM in San Michele all’Adige (Italy) on 13-14 April 2011.

Application Deadline : 20 February 2011

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