Open Positions

A PhD Studentship is available in our lab,part of the European Program SYNTRAIN.

One (1) PhD Studentship Position


The Cell Cycle Laboratory (, School of Medicine, University of Patras in Greece, Group Leader Prof. Zoi Lygerou and the European Program SYNTRAIN (, invite applications for one (1) PhD student position.

Position Description:

We are looking for a bright and highly motivated candidate to join our interdisciplinary team studying pathways maintaining genome integrity in human cells and their misregulation in cancer. Cells with aberrations in DNA replication licensing factors will be used in synthetic lethality approaches to identify pathways essential for cancer cell survival under replication stress. Advanced live-cell imaging will be combined to genetic approaches for the functional characterization of the identified pathways, while compounds targeting licensing factors will be characterized in vivo and in vitro as antitumor drugs for breast and ovarian cancer.

The SYNTRAIN Project:

The PhD position is part of the Marie Curie ITN European SYNTRAIN network, an international group of 9 top-quality European research laboratories and 1 company located in 7 countries. The SYNTRAIN network is equipped with a broad and complementary spectrum of advanced research methodologies enabling associated fellows to conduct frontline research. The training program includes state-of-the-art methods in drug and phenotype screening, genetically engineered mouse models, cell biology and biochemistry. The project will offer great opportunities to establish collaborations throughout Europe, and will provide an interdisciplinary training in multiple fields. As part of the SYNTRAIN network, the PhD student will participate in planned secondments and outreach activities in partner laboratories of the network.


MSc in Biology or related disciplines or MD degree, fluency in English, prior experience with Molecular and Cellular Biology approaches.

Additional Requirements:

Candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers after the Master degree, and they must not yet have a doctoral degree at the time of the appointment.

Candidates can be of any nationality but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Greece for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date of the fellowship. This excludes short stays such as holidays or compulsory national service.

Contract Duration: 36 months

Salary: Monthly living allowance of approx 2883 EUR (gross, full-time equivalent). Additional allowances for mobility and family according to EU-rules.

Planned starting date: 1 April 2017

Application submission:

Interested candidates should submit their application electronically to Prof. Zoi Lygerou (
The application should consist of:

  • Brief statement of interest
  • CV (including contact details of referees)
  • Two reference letters, provided directly by referees by email to

Evaluation procedure: Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview in person or over-skype soon after the submission deadline

Information and submission of applications: Prof. Zoi Lygerou, Email: