ESR 12

PhD student position in animal models of vascular diseases

Location: INSERM U136 Grenoble, France

The BMP in Angiogenesis and Lymphangiogenesis lab (BAL), part of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble (IRIG), aims to better understand the involvement of the Bone morphogenetic protein signalling pathway in vascular development and vascular diseases. The lab generates cellular and animal models to further dissect disease processes and test new therapies. It collaborates closely with state-of-the art technological platforms based at the CEA and clinicians to provide viable and tangible knowledge-based improvements in health-care.

For the EU-MSCA-ETN project V.A. Cure, the lab invites applications for an Early Stage Researcher/PhD student position entitled:

Respective roles of BMP9 and BMP10 in blood and lymphatic vascular homeostasis (ESR12)

You will be part of a team of 14 ESRs working on the V.A. Cure project, which aims to uncover core mechanisms of initiation and maintenance of Vascular Anomalies with the final goal to establish novel therapeutic strategies. The project is funded in the frame of the EU MSCA-ITN programme.

Job description

You will work on a research project with the following objectives:

  • Determine the role of BMP9 and BMP10 in early and adult blood and lymphatic vascular development using genetically modified rodent models (preliminary results support a role for this signalling pathway in the liver, heart, lungs and kidneys)
  • Identify genes involved in these processes in response to absence of BMP9 or BMP10 (RNAseq)

You will also take part in the international training programme of the network and participate in various networking and outreach events.


We are looking for a motivated student with a strong commitment to basic and/or translational research, who:

  • is eligible for MSCA-ETN funding, see here for eligibility criteria
  • has a MSc degree in biology, physiology, biomedical sciences or related disciplines
  • is a team player with good communication skills

Appointment terms

The successful candidate will receive an attractive salary in accordance with MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The period of employment is 3 years. Starting date: June – October 2019.

How to apply

– Make sure you meet the qualifying requirements.

– Submit your application to by e-mail. Please send one pdf file containing:

  • A motivation letter describing your research career goals, skills and experience (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English or with a translation into English)
  • Two letters of recommendation or the contact information for at least 2 referees.

Deadline for submitting applications: 22 May 2019

More information

Please visit for more information on the project, the recruitment process and selection criteria. Contact for questions: