07/06/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PROTECT: 8 positions available for Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researchers (PhD Students) - EXTENDED

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University College Dublin
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciences
    Computer science
    EngineeringAgricultural engineering
    Environmental science
    Mathematics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/07/2019 17:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    in accordance with the appointing organisation's normal full-time working hours
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813229

Climate change and food safety have become interdependent worldwide research priorities. The overarching aim of this Innovative Training Network (ITN) is to provide high-level training in Predictive mOdelling Tools to evaluate the Effects of Climate change on food safeTy (PROTECT). The project will provide sound scientifically based knowledge for management options and decisions on new and emerging food safety threats due to climate change. Specific case studies will be focused on the dairy industry (e.g. cheese, yogurt, liquid milk) and emerging chemical and biological threats. Tools will focus on the change in chemical levels and microbial populations in relation to the dairy industry and assess how levels will change under climate change pressures. The skills and knowledge gained through the network will be a critically important step towards better management of future food supplies.

The goals of the network will be achieved by a unique combination of “hands-on” research training, non-academic placements, summer schools and workshops on research-related and transferable skills facilitated by the academic and non-academic composition of the consortium. PROTECT brings together intersectoral and multidisciplinary expertise from 11 European Countries (7 third level educational institutions, 6 industry partners, 1 United Nations agency). The consortium will share technical and training expertise to recruit and train 8 highly skilled Early stage researchers (ESRs) in advanced modelling tools to investigate the impact of climate change on food safety. The research work consists of 3 technical work packages with 8 individual research projects each looking at a specific aspect of predictive modelling and the influence of climate change on food safety. An important element of the training network is the Network wide training events and industry secondments and the emphasis on training all ESRs in key transferable skills.

The project is currently recruiting 8 post-graduate researchers with specialization in Food Science, Biostatistics, Food Microbiology, Biosystems and Food Engineering, Environmental Science, Chemical and Environmental Engineering or related discipline.

Positions are offered for 3 years for the following individual research projects:

 

ESR

Title of PhD thesis

Host institution

1

Development of a Feed Chain Risk Assessment (FCRA) to assess the increased risk from mycotoxins in animal feed as a result of climate change and potential transfer to dairy produce for human consumption

University College Dublin

2

Modelling the dynamics of microbial change: dairy food production processes and process/waste water of (dairy) food industries

University of Malta

3

Modelling the dynamics of microbial change: dairy food products

KU Leuven

4

Develop a Quantitative Microbial Exposure Assessment (QMEA) model to assess the impact of key process steps on both risk for human health and commercial sterility failure rate

ONIRIS

5

Modelling the dynamics of microbial change: non-refrigerated food products

AUTH

6

Simulation and evaluation of energy use in the dairy industry: effect of a climate change scenario on the supply chain

UON

7

Improving the environmental sustainability of the dairy products value chains by the combined use of LCA and RA methodologies

USC

8

Development of a DSS based upon risk assessment and predictive tools

CRÈME

(registered at UCD)

All hired researchers will be registered on Doctoral Programmes at relevant institute and participate in all training events and undertake mobility with selected industry partners. 

Benefits

Remuneration according to MSCA ITN rules

 

Eligibility criteria

- Nationals from any country may apply.

- Mobility: at the time of the recruitment, the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.), in the country of the chosen host institution (recruiting beneficiary) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of the recruitment.

- Research category of Early Stage Researcher (ESR): researchers who, at the time of the recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and are in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the research training period that would entitle them to a doctorate.

Selection process

General evaluation criteria

- Educational background relevant for the chosen position (individual research project).

- A relevant degree that qualifies the holder to begin doctoral studies in the country in which it was issued (a certificated from the University may be required).

- Previous research experience, relevant to the chosen position.

- High proficiency in spoken and written English.

- Networking and communication skills (to be evaluated in the interview).

 

Pre-selection: will be based on CV, experience, skills and motivation letter. Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.

Start of contract: September/October 1st, 2019 (institution dependent), ESR8-December 2019.

Additional comments

Applicants may send application consisting of:
- Curriculum Vitae (Europass format recommended; Please specify your residence/work place in the last 3 years).
- University transcripts (grades).
- A statement letter addressing his/her research interests in relationship to the selected individual research project.
- Applicants should indicate two individual research projects in order of preference (1st and 2nd
choice).
- 2 recommendation letters.

To: protect.itn@ucd.ie indicating ref. “PROTECT call for ESRs” in the subject of the email.

The deadline to submit the required documentation has been extended as follows :

  • ESR2: Extended deadline 8th July 2019 (11.00am GMT)
  • All other ESRs: Extended deadline 31st July 2019 (17.00 GMT)

FURTHER DETAILS at: PROTECT ESR CALL

Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

- Nationals from any country may apply.

-    Mobility: at the time of the recruitment, the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.), in the country of the chosen host institution (recruiting beneficiary) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of the recruitment.

-    Research category of Early Stage Researcher (ESR): researchers who, at the time of the recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and are in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the research training period that would entitle them to a doctorate.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University College Dublin
Ireland
Dublin
1 position(s) available at
University of Malta
Malta
Msida
1 position(s) available at
KU Leuven
Belgium
Ghent
1 position(s) available at
ONIRIS
France
Nantes
1 position(s) available at
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Greece
Thessaloniki
1 position(s) available at
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom
Nottingham
1 position(s) available at
University of Santiago de Compostela
Spain
Santiago de Compostela
1 position(s) available at
Creme Global
Ireland
Dublin

EURAXESS offer ID: 415157

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