Doctoral Candidate Positions

What we offer

The BREAKthrough project aims to educate the next generation of scientists with expertise in antimicrobial resistance. The doctoral programmes it offers are funded under Horizon Europe’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme.

BREAKthrough’s doctoral candidates (DCs) will benefit from the following: 

  • A prestigious MSCA fellowship and a relevant network of fellow MSCA DCs;
  • An extensive network-wide training programme offering courses in the areas of science and technology, business, as well as generic, transferable skills;
  • The opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team within a Europe-wide consortium of research institutions and SME/industrial partners, comprising experts in microbiology, pharmacology, and chemistry;
  • Intersectoral and/or international experience: Through 2-3 secondments at partner organisations, the candidate will gain valuable work experience in non-academic and international environments;
  • A competitive salary including mobility and family allowances.


With the wide range of skills and experience our DCs gain in the BREAKthrough doctoral training programme, they will considerably broaden their career perspectives and increase their employability, whether they decide to pursue a career in academia or industry.

Monthly allowances:

  • Living allowance: €3400*
  • Mobility allowance: €600
  • Family allowance, only if applicable: €660


*The living allowance is adjusted by country correction coefficient, depending on the country where the host institution is located.

N.B. The gross salary is calculated by deducting employment costs, which vary depending on the country, from the living allowance. The gross salaries for each DC position will be published in the individual job descriptions.

Open Positions

The application process is closed. All positions have been filled.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for any doctoral candidate position in the BREAKthrough project, applicants must fulfil the following criteria.

  • You have not already completed (or successfully defended) a PhD degree.
  • You have not resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before your starting date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not taken into account.
  • You are proficient in English (specific requirements may apply depending on the position).
  • You fulfil the local requirements of the recruiting institutions listed in the individual project descriptions (if applicable).