VIROINF will recruit fifteen early stage researchers at fifteen institutes in eight countries (Germany, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Israel).

List of the fifteen PhD projects.

Successful applicants will be offered a 36-month employee contract at one of the fifteen host institutions, and receive a salary for ESRs set out by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and, if appropriate, a family allowance.

Eligibility criteria

European and non-European students are invited to apply to any of the fifteen fellowships.

To be eligible, the candidate:

  • must be in the first four years of her/his research career. Candidates should ideally possess a Master’s degree in a relevant academic field or a degree that allows them to embark in a PhD (applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree cannot be considered).
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, ect.) in the country of the institution that recruits the student for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
  • must be willing to spend a prolonged time in another institute/country of the network during the PhD thesis period.
  • must have great interest and be willing to work at the interphase of two disciplines.

How to apply

In order to apply, please send an email to

The mail subject has to be VIROINF ESR X (X being the number of the project). Please include a letter of interest, a CV and at least one recommendation letter as one pdf file (max file size 5 MB). Please send a single application for each project you are interested in.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some host institutions require additional submission of the application documents via the host’s submission system. This currently concerns applications for project ESR 2 (CNRS) and ESR 11 (KU Leuven).


21st October 2020Application submission deadline
November 2020Interviews of the selected candidates
(probably only via online systems)
1st December 2020Communication of the final selection
1st February 2021Recruitment