RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › BiochemistryChemistry › Computational chemistryChemistry › Inorganic chemistryChemistry › Organic chemistryChemistry › Physical chemistryChemistry › Structural chemistry
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE31/05/2018 23:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONMultiple locations, see work locations below.
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK37.5
OFFER STARTING DATE01/10/2018
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020
REFERENCE NUMBERMARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER 765297
NOAH (Network of functional molecular containers with controlled switchable abilities) is an European training network that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017).
The general scientific goal of the NOAH scientific research program is to develop, characterise and transfer to applications different types of molecular containers. NOAH aims to provide to selected Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs a great variety of scientific attributes, ranging from the experimental organic and inorganic synthesis to computational chemistry. Photo- and electro-chemistry, MS/gas-phase chemistry, X-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy techniques will be also included in the scientific formation and development of the recruited ESRs. The trainees will also receive education in complementary and transferable skills through local and network-wide dedicated training activities (e.g. dissemination, communication, organization, governance, ethics…). The training program includes the exposure of the ESRs to chemical research carried out in the non-academic sector by means of full recruitment or short stage secondments (6 months) in one of the four European companies acting as industrial partners.
NOAH will recruit 10 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) each with a 36-month contract who will have the possibility to defend a PhD thesis at the end of their individual projects. Each PhD student will be hosted in a beneficiary institution and will receive additional training by undergoing relevant secondments at the industrial and other academic partners’ facilities.
ESR1 (ICIQ, Spain) - Hydrogen-bonded molecular capsules based on calixpyrrole scaffolds. Academic secondment: Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (Italy); Industrial secondment: Covestro (Germany).
Name of the leader: Prof. Pablo Ballester
ESR2 (UNINE, Switzerland) - Developing the biological potential of organometallic cages. Academic secondment: Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (Italy); Industrial secondment: Biolitec (Germany).
Name of the leader: Prof. Bruno Therrien
ESR3 (FUB, Germany) - Gas Phase study of encapsulation processes. Academic secondment: Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland); Industrial secondment: Mind the Byte (Spain).
Name of the leader: Prof. Christoph A. Schalley
ESR4 (Warwick, UK) - pH-dependent uptake and release of guest molecules from a coordination cage. Academic secondment: Freie Universität Berlin (Germany); Industrial secondment: Leitat (Spain).
Name of the leader: Prof. Michael Ward
ESR5 (ISOF-CNR, Italy) - Photoinduced processes in host-guest systems based on molecular capsules. Academic secondment: Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland); Industrial secondment: Leitat (Spain).
Name of the leader: Dr. Barbara Ventura
ESR6 (ICHO PAN, Poland) - Biomimetic peptide-based chiral molecular capsules through dynamical approach. Academic secondment: ICIQ (Spain); Industrial secondment: Mind the Byte (Spain).
Name of the leader: Prof. Agnieszka Szumna
ESR7 (UNISTRA, France) - Stimuli-responsive nanoreceptors. Academic secondment: The University of Warwick (UK); Industrial secondment: Biolitec (Germany).
Name of the leader: Prof. Valérie Heitz
ESR8 (Mind the Byte, Spain) - Computational exploration of container-guest complexes. Academic secondment: Université de Strasbourg (France). Industrial PhD.
Name of the leader: Dr. Alfons Nonell-Canals
ESR9 (Covestro, Germany) - New ways to encapsulate reactive components in polyurethane systems. Academic secondment: ICIQ (Spain). Industrial PhD.
Dr. Christoph Irle and Dr. Stefanie Eiden
ESR10 (ICIQ, Spain) - Dynamic covalent capsules based on calixpyrrole scaffolds. Academic secondment: Freie Universität Berlin (Germany); Industrial secondment: Covestro (Germany).
Name of the leader: Prof. Pablo Ballester
Training programme for ESRs
In order to guarantee a broad and high-level post-graduate education of the ESRs, in addition to the training gained through research, more specific training objectives have been identified:
- To provide an individualized scientific training programme performed locally and network-wide.
- To provide the ESRs with transferable soft-skills to improve their overall career development
- To provide ESRs with a very multidisciplinary and intersectoral (academic and industrial secondments) background in order to improve their employability in different sectors.
Appointment under full-time employment contract for a period of 36 months
Competitive remuneration (Living Allowance = €3110/month (correction factor to be applied per country) + mobility allowance = €600/month + family allowance if applicable = €500/month). Monthly salary for the fellow before any deductions.
Additional funding for participation to courses, workshops, conferences, etc.
Enrollment in a Doctorate program with the possibility to lead to a PhD dissertation.
Starting date: ESRs are expected to start from October 2018 (estimated time).
Partner Organizations: biolitec GmbH (Germany) and Leitat Technological Centre (Spain)
Academic Secondments: 3-4 months secondment for ESR hosted at academic institutions and 9 months secondment for ESR hosted at non-academic institutions.
Industrial Secondments: 6 months secondment for ESR hosted at academic institutions
EU eligibility criteria for candidates: Candidates of any nationality, but in order to be eligible for the positions the following criteria applies to all applicants:
- The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
- The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.
Application form will include the upload of the following information:
- copy of B.Sc. and M.Sc. certificates with annexes (transcripts of records with number of ECTS credits)
- language certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic, Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE))
- a letter of motivation (maximum of one page)
- personal statement video (maximum two minutes)*
- contact details of two referees
*not mandatory but highly recommended.
We are looking for highly motivated students with good communication skills
Candidates must hold a Master’s degree in Chemistry or BioChemistry (depending on the position) with excellent academic transcripts.
All candidates must prove full proficiency in spoken and written English (B2 certificate, TOEFL, or equivalent).
Please check eligibility criteria for more specific requirements.
EURAXESS offer ID: 295246