Job ID: 99969

15 fully-funded MSCA PhD positions in Advanced Glaucoma Research in NL/DE/FR/NO

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 28 February 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 October 2023

Contract Length: 3 years

City: Groeningen

Country: Netherlands

Institution: Various institutes/companies in NL/FR/DE/NO. Members of the Egret-AAA program. See



Glaucoma is the most common age-related neurodegenerative eye disease in Western society and one of the four major eye diseases causing blindness. Unfortunately, current treatments can only slow the deterioration but do not halt or reverse the process. Despite the efforts of the early detection and treatment of the disease, currently, approximately 15% of all glaucoma patients in the EU still become bilaterally blind.

Our European MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE Doctoral Network (DN) EGRET-AAA (‘European Glaucoma REsearch Training program for Accelerating the Approach to Advanced Glaucoma’) will focus specifically on finding solutions for those patients suffering from advanced glaucoma. We aim to bring revolutionary therapies for protecting and restoring vision in patients with advanced glaucoma a significant step closer to clinical deployment.

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 in the Netherlands, Germany, France, or Norway.

All 15 positions and projects are shortlisted below, more details on each of the positions and information about the Joint Doctorate training program can be found on our website

3 Challenges = 15 projects = 15 positions

Challenge 1: We need new experimental approaches for restoring vision in advanced glaucoma. In 4 PhD projects you can work on furthering gene and stem cell-based treatment for advanced glaucoma using human retinal organoids.

Challenge 2: We need ways to protect remaining or newly established connections between the eye and the brain sufficientlyIn 5 PhD positions, you can work on developing new methods to offer remaining and new ganglion cells a healthy environment in terms of oxygen delivery and neuroprotection.

Challenge 3: We need new and accurate diagnostic tools to assess patients with advanced glaucomaIn 6 PhD positions, you can work on developing new techniques to assess changes in retinal and visual pathway structure and function in advanced glaucoma.

The network

EGRET-AAA has brought together top European expertise and resources in molecular biology, ophthalmology, visual neuroscience, and technology from 15 European labs and companies in the field of vision science and technology. An overview of the participating labs and their projects can be found at This network has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Doctoral Networks under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101072435.

Curious to see and hear more about what it means to be part of a European Training Network? Check out these two short movies about our previous ones NextGenVis and EGRET+.

Eligibility criteria

EGRET-AAA is supported by a European MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE 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.

How to apply

If you are interested in one of our PhD positions, do 1) visit our website ( and read the information on our application procedures carefully, and 2) apply via our project page on Workable ( Deadline: February 28th, 2023. General questions can be directed to