Are you, like us, fascinated by the complex genetics, molecular mechanisms, and pathobiology of the visual system, by retinal physiology or clinical research with advanced techniques for retinal imaging and function testing, or by visual neuroscience and brain-imaging? Do you consider it important to help patients with advanced glaucoma? Do you have an inquisitive mind, and are you looking for a PhD position embedded in an international doctoral network in which you can develop your research, clinical, and entrepreneurial skills? Then consider applying within EGRET-AAA for one of our 15 3-year Joint-Doctorate positions in academia, medical institutes, and high-tech companies. Projects will start between July and October 2023, with some flexibility to negotiate the exact starting date with the relevant supervisor.

Please read the information on the recruitment requirements and procedures on the right very carefully. 


You are qualified to apply for one of our projects if:


  • You have a deep interest in vision (complex genetics, molecular mechanisms, pathobiology of the visual system, retinal physiology, clinical research with advanced techniques for retinal imaging and function testing, visual neuroscience and brain imaging)
  • You are passionate about doing research and have or be willing to develop the skills to communicate this passion with other scientists and the general public.
  • You have relevant skills and experiences, and a strong interest in both theoretical and applied science.
  • You welcome the opportunity to conduct research abroad and to work within an international and multidisciplinary team.
  • You hold an MSc (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (which can be, but is not limited to biology, biomedical engineering, genetics, medicine, neuroscience, (bio)physics).
  • Are an eligible candidate according to the eligibility conditions indicated below.

what are the eligibility criteria?

EGRET-AAA is supported by a MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE grant which requires transnational mobility.

Therefore, to be eligible for a PhD position, you cannot have resided or carried out your main activity in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months during the previous 36 months. Furthermore, we can only recruit researchers who are not already in the possession of a doctoral degree at the date of appointment. Please keep this in mind when applying.

what is the recruitment procedure?

The recruitment procedure consists of the following five stages:

Phase 1: Eligibility check + Evaluation of CV and ML (early March)

After you have submitted the requested documents we will evaluate your application based on the EU eligibility criteria (see above). In case you pass this eligibility check, we will assess you on: (i) program and relevant research skills, (ii) current knowledge and expertise of the field, (iii) capacity and motivation to participate in high-level international and inter-sectoral research training program, (iv) creativity and the level of independence, (v) evidence of exceptional academic performance, (vi) expected impact of the EGRET-AAA research training on the candidate’s future career.

Phase 2: Essay-based assessment

In case you pass Phase 1 (i.e., you've been selected as one of the top-ranked candidates), you will be invited to write a 2-page (max) essay related to an EGRET-AAA project of your choice. As an indication, from experience, we know that successful candidates in previous selection rounds spend about 2 days writing and revising their essays. In order to submit the essay, you can simply reply to the e-mail with the invitation and include the essay as an attachment. The document will then be uploaded in Workable automatically. ​

Phase 3: Remote interview

In case you pass Phase 2 (i.e., you've written a high-quality essay), you will be invited for a remote interview with a local selection committee at the host of your preferred project.

Phase 4: Scientific Presentation

In case you pass Phase 3, you will be invited to give a scientific presentation on your precious research Work.

Phase 5: Final selection

Soon after scientific presentations, the final selection will be made. PhD projects will start between July and October 2023, with some flexibility to negotiate the exact starting date with the relevant supervisor.


You can apply for one (or more) of the EGRET-AAA PhD positions on our project page on Workable. In Workable, please:

  • paste a letter with a statement of your motivation (1-2 pages);
  • submit a copy of your CV;
  • provide the contact details for 2 referees (name, work address, phone, email); 
  • indicate your country of residence over the last three years. This is really important, without this information, we cannot accept your application; and
  • indicate your preferred project, amongst multiple projects of interest (if applicable).