04/03/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

2 Positions for Early-Stage-Researchers H2020-MSCA-ITN “Breaking Bad Biofilms. Innovative Analysis and Design Rules for Next-Generation Antifouling Interfaces”


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryOther
    PhysicsOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/05/2019 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Italy › Bari
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/11/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    ESR7 and ESR8
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813439

The BREAK BIOFILMS Training Network “Breaking Bad Biofilms: Innovative Analysis and Design Rules for Next-Generation Antifouling Interfaces” is a consortium of world leaders in sensing, cell imaging, interfacial engineering, microbiology and nanoformulation from 6 universities, 8 companies, a consortium of food industries, a research centre, and a business and innovation centre. BREAK BIOFILMS announces 15 positions for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), who will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and will obtain a unique technical, industrial, and entrepreneurial training.

 

BREAK BIOFILMS description:

Biofilms, i.e. communities of microorganisms that attach and grow on a solid surface, cause about 80% of infections in humans, and disinfectants rarely succeed in destroying them. They cost European economy billions of euros annually. The BREAK BIOFILMS Training Network aims to solve this issue by training the next generation leaders. They will understand the (bio)physicochemical mechanisms of biofilm formation, be able to produce technology for detecting and identifying biofilm formation with extreme sensitivity, and develop next generation biocides for preventing and destroying biofilms in industrial and biomedical areas. This integrated strategy from biofilm detection to destruction that builds on key innovations from the partner labs, is globally distinctive and promises significant progress. The graduates will be ideally placed to enter and support existing European industry across a number of different sectors (biomedical, food, antimicrobials). Additionally, they will also be capable of creating new businesses thanks to a combination of in depth training in entrepreneurship and direct experience of establishing and running a virtual company as part of the training network. Beyond the trained researchers, this project will produce technologies that will enhance the productivity of European industries, create intellectual property with a strong probability of commercialization and improve the health and well-being of European citizens by minimizing infection rates and the inappropriate use of ineffective biocides that is leading to resistance.

More information on this Project can be found here: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/218447/factsheet/en

The positions are for 36 months and expected to begin within the last quarter of 2019. All positions will remain open until suitable candidates have been identified. Applicants may register their interest for more than one position and agree to have their details shared within the BREAK BIOFILMS Network. Each project will also include a secondment to a collaborating industrial company and one of the partner universities.

 

Research Projects at Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro:

ESR7 project

RESEARCH FIELDS: Chemistry, Physics, Nanoscience, Spectroscopy, Surface chemistry, Electrochemistry, Biotechnology

Title: Nanoantimicrobial films: deposition, characterization and evaluation of their bioactivity properties, including ion and nanoparticle release

Overview: Several classes of nanoantimicrobial thin films (NAMs) will be developed, characterized (XPS, IR, UV-Vis, TEM, SEM, AFM, etc.) and applied to the protection of surfaces. Physical, wet chemical, electrochemical and hybrid methods will be used for the synthesis/deposition of NAMs, and the relevant outcomes will be critically compared in terms of (i) material’s stability, (ii) ion release properties, (iii) absence of whole-particle release, etc. NAMs composed of Ag or Cu, or ZnO nanoparticles dispersed in organic or inorganic matrices will be obtained and tested.

Main Supervisor: Nicola Cioffi (nicola.cioffi@uniba.it)

 

ESR8 project

RESEARCH FIELDS: Chemistry, Physics, Nanoscience, Spectroscopy, Surface chemistry, Electrochemistry, Biotechnology

Title: Development of multi-component antimicrobial nanomaterials providing synergistic bioactivity, fighting antimicrobial resistance.

Overview: Development of novel synergistic nanoantimicrobials. Different classes of organic or inorganic bioactive nanoparticles will be prepared, characterized, and tested on fighting antimicrobial/antibiotic resistance. Several bioactive dispersing matrixes/polymers will be used to embed and stabilize the nanoparticles. Synergistic combination of 2 or more bioactive components within the same nanoantimicrobials will be investigated. Conventional disinfection agents such as biopolymers and quaternary ammonium salts will be tested as nanoantimicrobials coadjuvant. Composite nanoantimicrobials will be characterized by spectroscopic, morphological, and microbiological techniques at different stages of their storage and use.

Main Supervisor: Nicola Cioffi (nicola.cioffi@uniba.it)

 

Benefits

The successful candidates will be employed on a full-time basis with a competitive salary in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) rules and the personal circumstances of the applicant. The successful candidates will receive a financial package consisting of MSCA living allowance and mobility allowance. Eligible applicants with a family will also receive an additional family allowance according to the rules of the MSCA. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and will depend on the Host Institution's local tax regulations and on the country coefficient of the Host institution country.

Eligibility criteria

Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the usual MSCA eligibility and mobility rules.

-Applicants must at the date of recruitment be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

-The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organisation from more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment (short stays, such as holidays, not taken into account).

 

Applications will be welcomed from candidates of any nationality with a proven track record in one of the fields related to the project demonstrated through a Master’s degree certificate and appropriate experience.

Selection process

To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter and any other supporting documents by e-mail to the main supervisor(s) of your positions (use as subject “BREAK BIOFILMS Application”, and mention the ESR number(s) you are applying to; email size limit 10Mb).

The Supervisory Board (SB) will grade the candidates on a scale regarding:

1. Academic excellence (0-30 points)

2. Professional experience (0-10 points)

3. Linguistic proficiency in English and /or the languages of his/her Host Institution (0-10 points)

4. Publications and other scientific activities (0-20 points)

5. Letters of reference (0-10 points).

SB will shortlist candidates, to be interviewed in person or via video conference by a local evaluation committee, including the scientific supervisor. Suitability of the successful candidates for the two positions will be then certified by the Academic Board of the local PhD School, in order to allow them to be enrolled in the 35th cycle of the PhD School at the University of Bari Aldo Moro. The successful ESRs will then begin their 36 month contracts.

In case of any doubt or need, applicants are encouraged to contact the scientific supervisor (Nicola Cioffi: nicola.cioffi@uniba.it; Tel. +390805442020) or the contact person for local administrative matter (Teresa Lodeserto: teresa.lodeserto@uniba.it; Tel. +390805442110).

The candidates will automatically be informed at each stage of the evaluation process.

 

Additional comments

Additional comments

Data collected from the candidates will be used for recruitment purposes only and will not be shared outside BREAK BIOFILMS unless authorised by the applicant. The data will be kept for a period of five years after the end of the project for EU auditing purposes.

 

Acknowledgements

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 813439.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Basic

Skills/Qualifications

Applications will be welcomed from candidates of any nationality with a proven track record in one of the fields related to the project (e.g., Chemistry, Physics, Nanoscience, Spectroscopy, Surface chemistry, Electrochemistry, Biotechnology), demonstrated through a Master’s degree certificate and appropriate experience. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate extra-academic experience and evidence of creativity and leadership.

Specific Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the usual MSCA eligibility and mobility rules.

-Applicants must at the date of recruitment be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

-The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organisation from more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment (short stays, such as holidays, not taken into account).

 

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Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro
Italy
Bari
70125
Via Orabona, 4

EURAXESS offer ID: 385113

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