24/10/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

15 PhD positions (f/m/d) in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Project: MSCA-ITN-ETN LimnoPlast


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Bayreuth
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
    Chemistry
    Economics
    Engineering
    Environmental science
    Juridical sciences
    Pharmacological sciencesToxicology
    Psychological sciences
    Sociology
    Technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/01/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35-40 (depends on country)
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/05/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    860720

LimnoPlast - Microplastics in Europe's freshwater ecosystems: From sources to solutions” is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network) and offers 15 fully funded PhD positions (for early-stage researcher (ESR)) with attractive complementary training activities and generous travel, laboratory and research budgets. The successful candidates will be hosted by a member of a European Consortium of universities, research institutions and companies in Germany, Denmark, France, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and The Netherlands. Successful candidates will have a research interest in natural, environmental, technical or social-science and will participate in a transdisciplinary network of research and training aimed at accelerating the applicants’ scientific careers.

LimnoPlast will for the first time bring together environmental, technical, and social sciences with the vision to transform a new understanding of freshwater microplastics to innovative solutions.

LimnoPlast will:

  • Train a new type of scientists (ESRs) able to tackle the complex plastics issue holistically and contribute to Europe’s innovation and Circular Economy capacity. Working at the interface of three usually very distant disciplines, they will promote a step change in how we deal with this and future environmental challenges.
  • Provide the first comprehensive assessment of the sources and impacts of freshwater MP based on the analysis of three major urban areas as hotspots of plastic pollution.
  • Innovate technological solutions to the plastics issue, including novel processes to remove MP from municipal and industrial wastewater as well as bio-degradable, environmentally sound polymers.
  • Promote societal change by understanding the economic, legislative and social context of freshwater MP.
  • Transform science into a set of specific solutions, including (I) the prioritization of actions based on the sources and impacts of MP, development of (II) better processes and polymers, (III) risk communication strategies and societal interventions, (IV) effective policy and legislative interventions.
  • Transfer the LimnoPlast outcomes to European decision makers, stakeholders and the public to enable and promote action on freshwater MP using an innovative communication and dissemination strategy.

Titles of the ESR-projects:

  1. Biological effects of microplastics from biodegradable plastics in freshwater invertebrates.
    • Research Field: Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Ecotoxicology
    • Host: Universität Bayreuth (UBT), DE
    • Main Supervisor: Christian Laforsch: christian.laforsch@uni-bayreuth.de
    • Application Deadline: 15/01/2020
  2. Development and characterization of novel biodegradable polymers.
    • Research Field: Polymer Science, Synthetic Chemistry
    • Host: Universität Bayreuth (UBT), DE
    • Main Supervisor: Seema Agarwal, seema.agarwal@uni-bayreuth.de
    • Application Deadline: 15/01/2020
  3. Source tracking of microplastics at Aarhus.
  4. Monitoring and modelling microplastics in the greater Paris and the river Seine; pollutants associated with microplastics.
    • Research Field: Environmental Monitoring, Modelling, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry
    • Host: Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees (ENPC), FR
    • Main Supervisor: Bruno Tassin : bruno.tassin@enpc.fr
    • Application Deadline: 31/01/2020
  5. Electrostatic separation of nanoplastics from wastewater.
    • Research Field: Engineering, Polymer Science, Material Science, Chemistry, Electrochemistry
    • Host: Evonik Technology & Infrastructure GmbH (Evonik), DE
    • Main Supervisor: Patrik Stenner: patrik.stenner@evonik.com
    • Application Deadline: 15/01/2020
  6. A socio-ecological assessment for microplastics to address the needs of future Circular Economy in Europe.
  7. Legal situation of microplastics in Europe’s freshwater ecosystems.
  8. Chemistry and bulk properties and degradation of microplastics.
    • Research Field: Polymer Science, Material Science, Chemistry
    • Host: Kemijski institut (National Institute of Chemistry) (KI), SI
    • Main Supervisor: Andrej Kržan: andrej.krzan@ki.si
    • Application Deadline: 15/01/2020
  9. Ecotoxicology of different shapes of microplastics in freshwater invertebrates.
    • Research Field: Environmental Toxicology, Biology, Biochemistry
    • Host: Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU), NO
    • Main Supervisor: Martin Wagner: martin.wagner@ntnu.no
    • Application Deadline: 31/01/2020
  10. Chemical toxicity of conventional and new plastics.
    • Research Field: Human Toxicology, Biology, Biochemistry
    • Host: Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU), NO
    • Main Supervisor: Martin Wagner: martin.wagner@ntnu.no
    • Application Deadline: 31/01/2020
  11. Microplastics assessment in wasterwater treatment plant – occurrence, removal and fate.
    • Research Field: Environmental Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Monitoring
    • Host: Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees (ENPC), FR (Syndicat interdepartmental pour l’assainissement de l’agglomération parisienne(SIAAP), FR)
    • Main Supervisor: Bruno Tassin: bruno.tassin@enpc.fr
    • Application Deadline: 31/01/2020
  12. Chronic toxicity of microplastics in fish species.
  13. Risk perceptions and mental models regarding microplastics in freshwater systems and solutions.
  14. Behavioural approaches to the microplastics problem and potential solutions.
    • Research Field: Behavioural Science, Psychology
    • Host: University of Plymouth (UoP), Plymouth, UK
    • Main Supervisor: Sabine Pahl: sabine.pahl@plymouth.ac.uk
    • Application Deadline: 15/12/2019
  15. From freshwater to drinking water and food-human exposure to microplastics.
    • Research Field: Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science
    • Host: Stichting VU (University Amsterdam) (VUA), NL
    • Main Supervisor: Heather A. Leslie: heather.leslie@vu.nl
    • Application Deadline: 01/02/2020

Benefits

LimnoPlast will offer early stage researchers world-class scientific training in the respective host institute, through research secondments (six month research stay at complementary partner institution) and training events. LimnoPlast will significantly enhance the ESRs’ career perspective by providing a unique set of skill they will exploit throughout their professional lives:

  • Excellence in transdisciplinary research, including the wider societal context of research,
  • Excellence in environmental, technical, and social science, with a unique, individual scientific profile,
  • Capacity to transform an environmental challenge into innovative solutions,
  • Capacity to effectively communicate science and to integrate the contrasting stakeholder perspectives,
  • Insights in standardization, economic aspects, and entrepreneurship,
  • Transferable skills (creativity, problem solving, intercultural and team competence, leadership).

ESRs will get:

  • a full-time employment contract for 36 months (including social security coverage)
  • additional family allowance (if married or dependent children)
  • access to an extensive research network
  • connections to potential employers in Europe

Eligibility criteria

Applicants can be of any nationality and must, at the time of recruitment:

  • Have a MSc or equivalent relevant for the chosen ESR-project
  • Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers
  • Have not been awarded a doctoral degree
  • Have not resided in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (except refugees)

GENERAL EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • Educational background relevant for the chosen position (individual research project)
  • High proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Networking and communication skills (to be evaluated in the interview).
  • Previous research experience, relevant to the chosen position is desirable.

Selection process

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

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants should send full application consisting of:

  • A motivation letter addressing his/her research interests in relationship to the individual research project.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Europass format recommended, please specify your residence/work places in the last 3 years).
  • University transcripts (grades) and other relevant certificates

You can apply for more than one position, in that case each application will be evaluated independently by the respective host institutions.

In case, it’s not stated otherwise, to be emailed to the corresponding project supervisor(s), indicating ref. “LimnoPlast call for ESRs” in the subject of the email. The deadline to submit the required documentation is 15/01/2020 (can vary, depending on institution, see ESR-projects). The empolyment starts 01/05/2020 (ideally)

Additional comments

Diversity

Diversity is a core value of LimnoPlast. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of research and training. We are looking for people who can enhance diversity in our team thanks to their background and experience.

Gender

Special attention will be paid to gender-equality. Female researchers are strongly encouraged to apply; in case of equal qualification in the recruitment procedure, the enrolment of female candidates will be prioritized.

Inclusion

Applications from handicapped persons will be favored when all other qualifications are equal. Applications of refugees are particularly encouraged, and their potential participation will be supported by language and cultural courses.

Websites for additional details: https://twitter.com/LimnoPlast & https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/224715/factsheet/en

Offer Requirements

Skills/Qualifications

The candidates with the following general profile are encouraged to apply:

  • A very good Master’s degree or equivalent Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Ecotoxicology, Polymer Science, Synthetic Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Engineering, Microbiology, Chemistry, Environmental Monitoring, Modelling, Material Science, Electrochemistry, Law, Business, Environmental Toxicology, Biochemistry, Sanitary Engineering, Human Toxicology, uni-bayreuthSocial Science, Psychology and related disciplines, Behavioural Science, Sociology or relevant disciplines. The Master’s degree should meet the requirement given in the description of the particular project.
  • You enjoy working independently and well-structured together with an interdisciplinary team contributing to a highly topical and socially relevant field.
  • You show outstanding commitment, high flexibility, can cope with a higher workload and you are team-oriented.
  • You have excellent communication as well as organizational skills and are willing to engage in international, interdisciplinary collaborative research, workshops and secondments.
  • You have very good command (written and spoken) of English language.

Map Information

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
UNIVERSITY OF BAYREUTH
Germany
Bayreuth
1 position(s) available at
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Aalborg
2 position(s) available at
ECOLE NATIONALE DES PONTS ET CHAUSSEES
France
Marne-la-Vallée
1 position(s) available at
EVONIK TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE GMBH
Germany
Hanau
1 position(s) available at
FRAUNHOFER-INSTITUT UMSICHT
Germany
Oberhausen
1 position(s) available at
HHKEMIJSKI INSTITUT L GEMEINNÜTZIGE GMBH
Germany
Leipzig
1 position(s) available at
KEMIJSKI INSTITUT
Slovenia
Ljubljana
2 position(s) available at
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET
Norway
Trondheim
1 position(s) available at
Goeteborgs Universitet
Sweden
Gothenburg
1 position(s) available at
Universitetet i Bergen
Norway
Bergen
1 position(s) available at
University of Plymouth
United Kingdom
Plymouth
1 position(s) available at
Stichting VU (University Amsterdam)
Netherlands
Amsterdam

EURAXESS offer ID: 457414

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