ORGANISATION/COMPANYProtoMet Consortium (different locations)
RESEARCH FIELDBiological sciencesChemistryEngineering
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE08/02/2019 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONItaly › Trento
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE30/04/2019
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER813873
The ProtoMet project is a European Training Network funded within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie action by the Framework Programme of the European Union for Research and Innovation Horizon2020.
ProtoMet will offer the opportunity to motivated international Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to address the tremendous challenge of understanding how prebiotic chemistry gave rise to life by training a new generation of scientists to think big, but also to work methodically and logically alongside colleagues from academia and industry.
Eight Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be recruited to work in laboratories with expertise in systems chemistry, synthetic biology, microfluidics, and science philosophy to develop together a reconstituted protometabolism within compartments consisting of coacervates, vesicles, coacervate containing vesicles, and compartments etched into microfluidic chips.
2- Open PhD Positions for ESRs (3-year fellowships; for full description and application details see below)
Host Beneficiary Organization
Title of the project
University College London
Department of Chemistry
Peptide Catalysed Triose Glycolysis
University of Strasbourg
Institut de Science et d'Ingénierie Supramolé
Towards homochirality through the reductive amination of ketoacids with transition metal peptide complexes
University of Trento
Developing a primordial aconitase and iron-sulfide peptide catalysts
Max Planck Society
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Elucidating the effect of coacervate compartments on metabolic reaction networks
Department of Material
Lipid vesicles as protometabolic enhancers
University of the Basque Country
Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science & Biofisika Institute
Exploring ‘minimal metabolism’ as a central concept for understanding the origins of life and developing systems biology
Cherry Biotech (enrolment of doctoral studies at University of Strasbourg)
A microfluidic platform for protometabolism
Elvesys Sas (enrolment of doctoral studies at University of Strasbourg)
A microfluidic platform for protometabolism and formation of droplets
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813873.
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Good
Successful candidates will receive a salary/fellowship in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers (living allowance, including a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if applicable). Funding is guaranteed for 36 months. In addition to their individual scientific projects, the successful candidates will benefit from continuing education opportunities, including participation in internships and international secondments with academic and industrial partners, plus a variety of training modules, workshops and conferences.
Please see specific requirements for the different positions at the link https://webmagazine.unitn.it/en/news/cibio/51052/european-itn-project-pr...
Candidates must demonstrate eligibility according to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions eligibility requirements, as follows:
- Researcher status: Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) are young researchers who, at the date of recruitment, are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
- Nationality: Applicant ESRs can be of any nationality.
- Mobility requirements: Applicant ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months within the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment.
 See details in the Guide for applicants Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) 2018, at the link http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/other/guides_for_applicants/h2020-guide-appl-msca-itn_en.pdf
 The first day of employment of the Fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment /fellowship contract or equivalent direct contract).
 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.
EURAXESS offer ID: 368200
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