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Engineering for life sciences doctoral programme

Project description

Engineering new solutions for life sciences

Training young scientists on new technologies with the aim of improving life sciences research is vital for related scientific and industrial advancements. The EU-funded ENROL project will educate and train 20 exceptional early-stage researchers (ESRs) in studying and developing innovative technologies and engineering solutions for the life sciences. The programme targets ESRs interested in earning a doctorate and benefiting from mentoring and guidance to develop new materials and technologies and to enhance critical thinking. ENROL will assist researchers in performing their work within an interdisciplinary framework connecting engineering, technology and biology. The programme focus covers three research areas: theoretical prediction, model systems and analysis; synthesis, structuring and instrumentalisation; and biological applications.


ENROL – the Engineering for Life Sciences Doctoral Programme” is set up to educate and train a new generation of high achieving early stage researchers (ESRs) to study and develop novel technologies and engineering solutions for the life sciences. The education philosophy of ENROL is based on creativity, curiosity, ability, and passion. Within the programme, we want to create a strong community of ESRs and mentor, guide, and stimulate them in their creativity to develop, based on their ideas, new materials and technologies as well as enhance their problem-solving skills and critical thinking. ENROL will recruit 20 academically exceptional ESRs who are committed to science and are strongly interested in pursuing a doctorate degree and carrying out research work in an interdisciplinary framework on the interface between engineering, technology and biology. The scientific goal of ENROL is to engineer functional interfaces between inorganic and bio-organic systems in order to push them towards new levels of understanding and technological applications. We thus propose a combined and synergistic effort based on the following three research areas (RA) within which 25 research projects will be offered for the candidates to choose from during recruitment and selection: RA1: Theoretical Prediction, Model Systems, and Analysis; RA2: Synthesis, Structuring & Instrumentation; RA3: Biological Applications. Each ESR will complete a research project within the frame of ENROL with specific objectives, a personalized time schedule and a career development plan (CDP) including transferrable skills training. The research project will be complemented by secondments at institutions of different scientific disciplines (within and outside ENROL) and industrial partner organizations. The secondments will strengthen the interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaborations, and the training of the ESRs will benefit from the multidisciplinary nature of the programme.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 627 200,00
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien

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Ostösterreich Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 627 200,00