Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Early Stage Researcher (PhD position)

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    DIL German Institute of Food Technologies e.V.
    Agricultural sciencesOther
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    20/06/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Quakenbrück
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


PROJECT TITLE: Optimisation & upscaling of Ultrasound (ESR7)


We are looking for an Early Stage Researcher (PhD) starting in September 2021.


For this position your host organisation will be the DIL German Institute of Food Technologies e.V. in Quakenbrück, Germany (www.dil-ev.de), in the department of Advanced Technologies. You will be given the opportunity to work within a network of international partners in the context of the EC-funded Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network (ITN) TRANSIT (transit-itn.com) and register for a PhD at the University of Malta.


Sustainable food production has become a worldwide priority. Sustainable technologies (high hydrostatic pressure- HHP, pulsed electric field- PEF, ultrasound-US and nonthermal plasma-NTP) provide clean-label, nutritious food products and solutions to antimicrobial resistance. TRANSIT will train young scientists who will be capable of creating a transformational change to drive utility of sustainable food technologies through an interdisciplinary action. TRANSIT is a research and training programme aiming at integrating microbiology, food processing technology, cost benefit analyses, quantitative microbiology, and consumer sciences.


TRANSIT will provide a unique combination of hands-on research training, non-academic placements, summer schools and workshops on research-related and transferable skills by the academic and non-academic partners of the consortium.


This ESR project aims to quantify the decontamination efficiency of ultrasound technology on fruit/vegetable dairy products, and to develop risk assessment models to assess the impact of these decontamination technologies on the public health risk and reduction of food spoilage. The project output will provide product/process designers with quantitative tools to optimally design high quality products.

More Information


We offer

  • A research project with high value: you will perform microbial assessments of Ultrasound technology and decontamination efficiency in food products, and optimisation of process parameters to support upscaling to pilot-scale system.
  • Team and location:

With around 150 member companies from the food industry and related fields, the DIL operates as a research institute working in the areas of food product development, process development and food analysis. Forming a bridge between science and practice, DIL supports its partners in the innovation process. The DIL is a highly attractive employer as it offers working in a diversified team, numerous possibilities for personal development, integration of the institute in national and international networks and a good working atmosphere. More information can be found on www.dil-ev.de.

  • Impact and internationality: you will interact with companies that are active all around the globe, including market leaders in major food industries.
  • A full time position for 3 years.
  • A fully financed research project: Exact salary will be confirmed upon and will be based on a Living Allowance of €3170/month and mobility allowance of €600/month. Additionally, researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation. Taxation and Social (including Pension) Contribution deductions based on National and company regulations will apply (see to see the Marie Curie Career development information: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/sites/mariecurie2/files/...).

Eligibility criteria

As the project is funded within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), researchers can be of any nationality but need to demonstrate transnational mobility. To be eligible applicants must satisfy the requirements that apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers, therefore on the date of appointment (their start date) applicants:

  • must not have more than 4 years of research experience,
  • must not hold a PhD,
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the country where the post is based for more than 12 months in the previous 36 months,
  • must be available to apply for a PhD at the University of Malta in September 2021, but not later than October, and must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract,
  • must (soon) be in possession of their master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree to enrol in the Doctoral school of University of Malta,
  • should have an advanced level of English, i.e., 95 TOEFL iBT (writing score of at least 24), 6.5 IELTS (minimum of 6.0 in each element), or Advanced Cambridge (pass at a Grade C).

Selection process

  • Applicants will be reviewed without regard to sex, race or nationality. Applications from female scientists and engineers and ethnic minorities in are particularly encouraged;
  • Applicants must fulfil the EC eligibility criteria set by the European Commission (see above);
  • Important: to apply, send a 1-2 page CV (please specify your residence/work place in the last 3 years), 1 page motivation letter (please mention the PROJECT TITLE and briefly address each skill as listed above, and address your research interest in relation to the research project), university transcripts (grades);
  • All other formats and document content (e.g., longer CVs) will NOT BE CONSIDERED for the application process.
  • By sending your CV, motivation letter and University transcripts, you agree that this information - while kept strictly confidential - will be processed and stored by the DIL e.V. for the time span of the recruitment process;
  • Include the names and contact information of up to two referees in your application; if possible add recommendation letters;
  • Selection will be made through structured skill-based review evaluation from CV, motivation letter and grades. After selection for the shortlist, an (online) interview conducted by at least two people will follow. Additional information may be requested for the (online) interview;
  • As there are multiple positions available in TRANSIT (transit-itn.com), applicants are advised to indicate whether they have applied to or plan to apply to other positions in this consortium.
  • Send full application to bewerbung@dil-ev.de with mentioning the position and the project.

Additional comments



In this ITN consortium, each recruited researcher will be seconded to other beneficiaries and/or to partner organisations for a duration of up to 30% of his/her recruitment period. For this project currently two secondments are planned: 2 months in Malta, as wells as 2 months in Portugal. Also, attendance in off-site training events and meetings is expected. All travel is fully funded. Additional family allowance is provided if the applicant can provide evidence of eligibility (marriage (equivalent) and/or dependent children) at the beginning of the appointment.


Further information (not for submitting applications)


For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Kemal Aganovic (Head of research platform Advanced Technologies), E-Mail: k.aganovic@dil-ev.de

For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Dr. Kerstin Pasch, Head of DIL networking office Brussels, E-Mail: k.pasch@dil-ev.de

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Offer Requirements


Skills: we are looking for


We are looking for outstanding candidates with the ability to excel in research. The candidates must be eager to learn and gain new experiences, work in a dynamic and international environment. We offer a multi-facetted and demanding range of work in an institute that is growing strongly, as well as the possibility of assuming responsibility right from the outset.



Specific Requirements

Specific skills needed for the position are:



  • Food Science, Food Technology/Microbiology/Biotechnology/ or related discipline:

you are holding a master’s degree in one of these disciplines and have interest in food technology and microbiology research. Familiarity with quantitative research methods in Food Microbiology and previous experience in report writing will be considered an asset.

  • Networking and communication skills: you should have a goal-oriented and well-organized personality, you should have the capability to learn rapidly and sustainably, and you should have high proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge on German language is beneficial
  • Good communications and presentation skills

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
DIL German Institute of Food Technologies e.V.
Lower Saxony
Prof.-von-Klitzing-Str. 7

EURAXESS offer ID: 615022


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