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Transdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Microbiome Science co-funded by the EU (Call  H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2020) and managed by the University of Naples Federico II through its Task Force on Microbiome Studies (,


CRESCENDO Doctoral Programme has recruited 10 international Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs-PhDs)

applying for one of the 12 projects listed below.  All ESRs started their PhD in January 2023

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Microbiome activity is essential for the life on our planet and the well-being of organisms, including humans, animals, insects and plants.

Information on the programme main applicant,
the Task Force on Microbiome Studies
and related departments are available
at the following links
University of Naples Federico II (UniNA)

Task Force on Microbiome Studies (TFM)

CRESCENDO is a Transdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Microbiome Science co-funded by the EU (Call  H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2020) and managed by the University of Naples Federico II through its recently established Task Force on Microbiome Studies (, that combines facilities and experience of more than 150 Academic scientists from 14 different UNINA Departments in the areas of Biology, Medicine, Food and Agricultural Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Engineering and Social Sciences, thus representing an ideal transdisciplinary environment to support training and research for young researchers in the microbiome field. CRESCENDO Doctoral Programme will recruit 10 international Early Stage Researchers (ESRs-PhDs) who will be involved in research and training in the Microbiome field, leading to a worldwide appreciated PhD degree valuable in terms of their future career perspectives. CRESCENDO represents the only EU funded project for a doctoral programme in Microbiome Science, developing trans-disciplinary Microbiome scientists with intersectoral and international experience and with a multidisciplinary scientific and technical background.


CRESCENDO aims to select a total of 10 international Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs; PhD candidates) to be enrolled by UNINA/TFM in a doctoral course of study lasting 36 months (3 years) leading to the awarding of a doctoral degree.


The project started on the 1st of February 2022 and will last 60 months. A Call for Applications to recruit 10 international PhDs/ESRs will be launched the 4th of April 2022 with deadline the 30/06/2022 of June 2022 (5 pm CET).


The recruited PhDs will conduct specific research and training projects involving microbiome studies on human, animal, soil, plant, food, environment and marine systems.


The list is available here. By clicking on each project title, full details are given about the research area, the training, the expected results and the secondments opportunities.

Application Page

- How to submit your application
- Documents to be submitted
- Documents’ templates

- Guide for applicants

Partner  Organisations

The Programme will benefit of the participation of 23 Partner Organizations (POs) including leading international companies that are stakeholders of the microbiome research.

Training Opportunities

CRESCENDO core microbiome courses for all participating ESRs are detailed here.

“A rich and diversified range of research and training opportunities will be offered to broaden the cross-sectoral, international and interdisciplinary skills of the recruited PhDs and provide a common ground for their future careers and for new research paths with important implications for Microbiome science”
Representation of some Laboratory Tools
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 101034245
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