The Cooperative Research Training Group (CRTG; Kooperatives Promotionskolleg, KPK) program of the *University of Konstanz, Germany, and the **University of Applied Sciences Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Germany, ‘InViTe2 - Advanced in vitro test systems for cell-chemical interactions in drug discovery and environmental safety’, was recently approved for funding by the Ministry of Science and Arts, Land Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The Co-Speakers of the CRTG are Prof Alexander Bürkle (Konstanz) and Prof Jörg Bergemann (Sigmaringen).
The CRTG InViTe2 is an interdisciplinary grouping of research teams at Konstanz and Sigmaringen engaged in the development of novel, powerful human in vitro test systems for the testing of pharmacological compounds and substances of toxicological interest. This research line was developed in order to contribute to the implementation of the 3R Principle (‘Reduce, Refine, Replace’ the use of animals for testing). The CRTG offers excellent scientific training, which is based on the cutting-edge science represented by the 12 projects, each focused on a highly relevant and timely research topic, as well as the structured training program and supervision, which will provide a firm basis for the doctoral students to develop their individual scholarly profile at early stages of their careers. For each doctoral student, supervision will be implemented by a tandem of supervisors from the two Institutions, respectively, as well as by an interdisciplinary thesis committee, closely monitoring the progress of the project.
It should be noted that tThe CRTG InViTe2 is a continuation and advancement of the previously funded ‘CRTG InViTe’ (2016-2019), a highly successful project, which was run by basically the same consortium of scientific groups at Konstanz and Sigmaringen.
The CRTG InViTe2 is now accepting applications for scholarships / positions to pursue a doctorate in Biology or related fields. The six scholarships (for projects at the University of Applied Sciences Albstadt-Sigmaringen, Sigmaringen Campus) plus six PhD positions (for projects at the University of Konstanz) will support doctoral candidates to pursue their doctoral projects within the framework of this CRTG.
We seek talented and highly motivated applicants who are able and willing to integrate into a team based in an interdisciplinary and international research environment.
To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants
have completed their master’s degree (or equivalent) in the areas of biological sciences, biochemistry or biomedicine,
have a good command of English language (level B1),
ideally have collected experience in the pertinent research contexts (e.g., via internships within research groups, student/graduate assistant work, etc.)
Scholarships are comprised of a monthly stipend of € 1,500. PhD positions will correspond to 50% of salary grade E13. The scholarships / PhD positions will be awarded for up to 3 years and 11 months, commencing as of 1 May 2023.
To apply for a scholarship/position, please submit, no later than 28 February 2023, the following documents in a single pdf file to
Dr. Katja Matt, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org [and via cc] email@example.com):