30/05/2018
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Early stage researcher PhD position in the BioMedaqu project: Aquaculture meets Biomedicine: Innovation in Skeletal Health research.

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesZootechnics
    Biological sciencesBiology
    Biological sciencesNutritional sciences
    EconomicsCommercial economics
    Medical sciencesMedicine
    Medical sciencesVeterinary medicine
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    02/07/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Portugal › Lisboa
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    08/07/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    766347

BioMedaqu is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MCSA-ITN) with the primary research aim to create an innovative expertise combining research in skeletal biology of aquaculture fish species with that in biomedical models and humans. In total, 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be appointed by the BioMedaquconsortium for 36 months each.

Description

BioMedaqu aims to bring together the expertise and research approaches from the aquaculture field and the biomedical sector using model fish species. Skeletal anomalies are a continuous problem in farmed fish, affecting fish welfare, performance and product quality. At the same time, human skeletal pathologies are an increasing concern in our aging populations which has triggered research using the tools offered by small fish models. A new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers equipped with skills to assess and understand the biology of skeletal formation and regeneration and trained to convert resulting knowledge and ideas into accessible tools and services for the long-term control of skeletal pathologies is urgently needed. The BioMedaquInnovative Training Network [ITN] proposes a holistic approach by providing 15 individual, personalised research projects with exposure to scientific, innovative and entrepreneurial training mobility across the ITN. The intersectorial network combines stakeholders from 8 European Universities, a US research hospital, and a Biological Institute. Commercial interests are represented by two Economy departments, one aquaculture, 3 major fish feed production companies, one food additive company, one biomedical company and a software cooperative. Together they cover multiple disciplines including Aquaculture, Anatomy, Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Orthopedics, Biophysics, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Geometric Morphometrics, Molecular Biology, Nutrition, Socio-Economics, Supervised Learning. This combined expertise enables a highly focused program for training and for developing novel tools and concepts. Methodology will include emerging technologies; generation and analysis of mutant zebrafish lines using the CRISPR/Cas9 methodology; fish skeleton derived cell lines; analytical molecular tools for the genes and proteins; transgenic zebrafish lines e.g. fluorophores in skeletogenic tissue; Neural Network – based analysis of data; standardized methodologies for mass monitoring of skeletal anomalies in fishes or new insights on the interactions between muscle and skeleton, Discrete Choice Analysis methods for decision making. The project will provide a unique and high level of training for a new generation of specialists with transferable skills and enhanced career perspectives who will ultimately aid the efficient development of future control strategies for improved health.

Number of ESR positions still available: 1

Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, Faro, Portugal – Dr Pedro Pousao, Dr Narcisa Bandarra and Dr Laura Ribeiro.

ESR15 will study the role of dietary lipids in growth, mineral contents and effects on skeletal development by identifying genes involved in mediating the skeletogenic effects of essential fatty acids. Recommendations for dietary EFA levels promoting a correct osteological development in aquaculture will be issued. Email your application to: candidaturas.bolsas@ipma.pt. Or, for further information contact: Dr P Pousao (pedro.pousao@ipma.pt) , Dr Narcisa Bandarra (narcisa@ipma.pt) and Dr L Ribeiro (lribeiro@ipma.pt). Note: ASK FOR SPECIFIC APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS!

Benefits

MSCA-ITN offers an attractive salary and working conditions. A unique feature of MSCA-ITN is that during the PhD research, ESR PhD students will be given the opportunity to perform secondments at the facilities of other consortium members. ESR PhD students will benefit from a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium partners. Salary is complemented with a mobility allowance.

For more information on MSCA-ITN, visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index_en.htm

Eligibility criteria

There are strict eligibility requirements for the ESR PhD positions in MSCA-ITN. Please ensure that you qualify before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered.

Requirement 1 (early-stage researchers):Applicants must, at the date of recruitment by BioMedAqu, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Requirement 2 (mobility rule):Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

Requirement 3 (specialisation): Candidates should have a master level degree or equivalent.

For more information on MSCA-ITN, visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index_en.htm

Selection process

The selection process is carried out according to the principles stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers (https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/european-charter).

Application should be sent by mail or Email to the indicated contact person, including:

1) signed, detailed, CV possibly in europass format[1];

2) a cover letter detailing candidate's suitability for the position including an outline of professional and research experiences and research interests;

3) at least 2 signed letter of references OR names, affiliations and contacts of two referees supporting your application;

4) certificated copy of the of the last (highest) University degree diploma;

5) certificated copy of the academic transcript;

6) declaration of the English language knowledge;

7) copy of a valid Identity Document;

8) other documents/titles deemed useful for the application.

Each single attachment has to be attached in .pdf format.

The applicant may apply for one or more research project, sending one application for each selected project.

Interviews will be carried out either directly or by web conference

 

 

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Specific skills and qualifications requirements depend on the specific position.

Contact the indicated responsible person or search for specific BioMedaqu job offer.

MSCA-ITN eligibility criteria:

There are strict eligibility requirements for the ESR PhD positions in MSCA-ITN. Please ensure that you qualify before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered.

• Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the start date of the PhD research.

• Applicants for the ESR PhD positions should be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4 year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.

MSCA-ITN offers an attractive salary and working conditions. A unique feature of MSCA-ITN is that during the PhD research, ESR PhD students will be given the opportunity to perform secondments at the facilities of other consortium members. ESR PhD students will benefit from a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium partners. Salary is complemented with a mobility allowance.

For more information on MSCA-ITN, visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index_en.htm

Specific Requirements

MAIN ACTIVITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Enrol in a PhD by research programme and carry out the research and training activities specified by a personal career development plan (PCDP).
  • Conduct research in the following topical areas: skeletal development and integrity, nutrition, environment, bone cell culture, molecular tools and methods, artificial intelligence, supervised learning, socio-economic studies.

· Undertake mandatory training programs and secondments as required at the facilities of other consortium members such as Italy, Norway, France, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Germany, and the United States.

  • Actively participate in PhD training activities and submit a thesis in fulfilment of the requirements of a PhD degree.

· Participate in outreach and dissemination activities promoting the BioMedaqu project and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme including the use of social media, video-diaries, newsletters, etc.

  • Prepare regular progress reports on the performed research and training activities and present the research outcomes at meetings, project workshops, and to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.

· Work closely with academic and industrial collaborators and facilitate knowledge transfer between the BioMedaqu consortium.

· As a MSCA ITN Ambassador carry out undergraduate supervision/demonstrating/teaching duties under supervisor direction and according to university regulations.

  • Study and follow the technical literature including academic papers, journals and textbooks to keep abreast with the state-of-the-art in the project topical area.
  • Record, analyse and write up results of research work and contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
  • Carry out routine administrative duties as requested, e.g. arranging research programme group meetings, maintaining research programme group website, contributing to organisation of BioMedaqu project training workshops and events.

     

     

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera
Portugal
Lisboa
1749-077
Rua C do Aeroporto

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