ORGANISATION/COMPANYPolitecnico di Torino
RESEARCH FIELDEngineering › Water resources engineeringEnvironmental science › EcologyEnvironmental science › Natural resources managementEnvironmental science › Water science
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE31/05/2020 18:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONMultiple locations, see work locations below.
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK36-40
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER860800
The European Training Network RIBES “River flow regulation, fish BEhaviour and Status”, funded by the European Commission under the EU Horizon 2020 programme Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (Grant no. 860800), announces 15 POSITIONS FOR EARLY-STAGE RESEARCHERS (ESRs) giving the opportunity of being awarded a Doctoral Degree, with innovative complementary training activities and attractive travel, laboratory and research opportunities.
RIBES ESRs will be trained by international leaders in the interdisciplinary field of Ecohydraulics to FIND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR FRESHWATER FISH PROTECTION AND RIVER CONTINUITY RESTORATION IN ANTHROPOGENICALLY ALTERED RIVERS within a European consortium of universities, research institutions and companies in Italy, Sweden, Germany, UK, Estonia and Belgium in an excellent scientific environment with state-of-the-art technologies. The 15 ESRs will have access to a number of laboratory and field facilities, modelling techniques, experimental practices and instrumental technologies, to expand current understanding of fish bio-mechanical, behavioural and physiological processes, and to promote development of novel tools and management solutions in the area of freshwater fish protection, ameliorating passage of migratory fish species in regulated rivers.
Full details available here
Work Package 1 – FISH STRESS AND BEHAVIOUR: quantifying behavioural mechanisms and stress-related responses to anthropogenic disturbances in rivers and related physiological indicators
- ESR01: Quantification of fish response to multimodal signals
- ESR02: Quantification of light pollution as a migration barrier
- ESR03: Quantification of habitat alterations on the fish community
- ESR04: Biomarker integrated analysis of fish stress
Work Package 2 – FISH HYDRODYNAMICS: advancing existing capabilities of observing and modelling flow fields around swimming fish and the bio-mechanics of fish locomotion
- ESR05: Hydrodynamics of swimming fish: drag, propulsion, and fish bioenergetics
- ESR06: Hydrodynamics of fish habitats in natural streams: implication for fish behaviour
- ESR07: Hydrodynamics of fish at hydraulic structures: scale modelling and similarity principles
- ESR08: Swimming efficiency of small-sized migratory fish species: the role of turbulence and water temperature
Work Package 3 – TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGIES: innovating currently-adopted technologies related to detection and tracking of fish to gain insights on fish behaviour from field and lab observations
- ESR09: Data analysis methods for the evaluation of fish migration paths
- ESR10: Field monitoring methods to assess fish pass efficiency
- ESR11: Underwater robotics methods for fish hydrodynamics field measurements
- ESR12: Sensor network methods for fish detection and visualization
Work Package 4 – FISH MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS: developing fish management tools and novel design of facilities devoted to fish protection and to improve eco-compatibility of hydropower systems
- ESR13: Spatio-temporal fish migration in an anthropogenically impacted river system
- ESR14: Innovative criteria for enhancing technical solutions for fish passage at hydropower plants
- ESR15: Designing new guidance devices to support downstream migrating fish
The positions are offered full-time for 3 years (36-months) funded by the European Commission. For five ESR projects (ESR03, ESR09, ESR10, ESR13 and ESR15) an additional fourth year (total 48-months) is funded outside the RIBES project by Karlstad University and Ghent University (where the fellows will be enrolled in the Doctoral Schools).
Starting date is negotiable with the host institution in the second semester 2020 (from June to December 2020), also taking into account potential travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Enrollment in the Doctoral Schools is foreseen by December 2020.
The selected candidates will receive a 36-months, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers, with a highly competitive salary, including a generous monthly living and mobility allowance and (if eligible) a monthly family allowance. For five ESR projects (ESR03, ESR09, ESR10, ESR13 and ESR15) an additional fourth year (total 48-months) is funded outside the RIBES project by Karlstad University and Ghent University (where the fellows will be enrolled in the Doctoral Schools).
The GROSS SALARY consists of:
- living allowance: 3.270 EUR/month (39.240 EUR/year), multiplied by the country correction coefficient of the country where the researcher is recruited (Italy: 104,4%, Sweden: 121,8%, Germany: 97%, Estonia: 79,4%, UK: 139,8%, Belgium: 100%)
- mobility allowance: 600 EUR/month (7.200 EUR/year)
- family allowance, if applicable - depending on the family situation at the time when the contract is being concluded: 500 EUR/month (6.000 EUR/year). This amount will be paid should the researcher have family, regardless of whether the family will move with the researcher or not. In this context, family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national or relevant regional legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.
The gross salary is subject to compulsory deductions following applicable national regulations of the country in which the researcher is recruited (such as social security contributions and direct taxes).
The selected candidates will be enrolled in the Doctoral Schools with the opportunity of being awarded a PhD Degree.
All ESRs will benefit from joint supervision, ensuring the successful completion of their individual research projects according to a specific personal career development plan. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further education including internships and secondments within the RIBES consortium (academic and non-academic partners), a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.
The 15 PhD positions as Early Stage Researchers are open to applicants of all nationalities fulfilling the following eligibility requirements (to be carefully checked by candidates before applying):
EARLY-STAGE RESEARCHERS: applicants shall, at the date of recruitment, be in their first 4 years of research career (full-time equivalent research experience measured from the date of obtainment of the Degree entitling enrollment in a Doctoral School either in the country in which it was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
Please note that candidates not yet graduated by the call deadline (with BSc/MSc Degree foreseen at the latest by July 31st, 2020) can apply to ESR01, ESR04, ESR05, ESR07, ESR08, ESR09, ESR12, ESR13 and ESR14.
MOBILITY RULE: applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting institution hosting the ESR project 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.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE: candidates must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. English proficiency of short-listed applicants will be assessed during the selection interview. Specific language requirements may be set by the different Doctoral Schools (check each ESR project description).
To submit your application, please download the APPLICATION FORM available at https://www.msca-ribes.eu/recruitment and carefully follow its instructions.
Candidates can select up to three ESR positions (ranked in preference order)
CAREFULLY CHECK MOBILITY RULE, ELIGIBLE DEGREES AND SPECIFIC MANDATORY SKILLS SPECIFIED FOR EACH SELECTED ESR PROJECT BEFORE APPLYING
Candidates must fulfil and sign the Application Form, attaching all the relevant documentation listed (Motivation letter, CV, Passport/ID card, References, Degree, English language, Other; please carefully follow related instructions available in the Application form itself).
The signed Application Form and all the above documentation shall be produced as a single PDF document (the PDF file name must include the candidate last name and reference to the selected ESR position(s) – e.g. Smith_ESR01-02-12.pdf)
The PDF file must be submitted by email to the following address by May 31st, 2020 at 18:00 CET:
Applications including all the required documentation received within the above deadline will be processed by the RIBES Recruitment Committee and submitted to the selection panels set up for each ERS position.
Full details are available in the CALL.pdf file downloadable here: https://www.msca-ribes.eu/recruitment
Details on general rules of MSCA Innovative Training Networks (e.g. implementation, activities, financial aspects, eligibility criteria, etc.) can be found in the H2020 Programme - Guide for Applicants.
Further information for Early Stage Researchers is available in the Information note for MSCA fellows and the European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers available at https://www.msca-ribes.eu/recruitment
For more general information about the RIBES project please contact the Project Coordinator Prof. Claudio Comoglio (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For information specifically related to each individual research project, please refer to the contact person(s) highlighted in each ESR project description.
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Due to the strong interdisciplinarity characterizing the field of Ecohydraulics, applications are welcome from a wide range of BSc/MSc degrees, such as: Engineering (Environmental, Civil, Hydraulic, Mechanical, Aerospace, Electronic, Software and Bio-Engineering), Biology, Physiology, Ecology, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Geosciences, Physical Oceanography, Biotechnology, Informatics, Data Sciences, Computational Fluid Dynamics and related disciplines.
Before applying, carefully check for each ESR project:
Eligible Degrees (BSc or MSc)
Specific mandatory skills
Specific desirable skills
Specific requirements of the Doctoral School
Mobility rule applicable to the host country
EURAXESS offer ID: 510615
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