Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

»15 PhD positions available for Early Stage Researchers at »Advanced Research and Training Network in Food Quality, Safety and Security«, FoodTraNet, H2020 MSCA ITN Project«

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    Jožef Stefan Institute
    Biological sciencesNutritional sciences
    ChemistryAnalytical chemistry
    Environmental scienceOther
    Pharmacological sciencesPharmacy
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/06/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


We announce the start of the application period for 15 Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions offered by the 9 host organisations participating in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Action “Advanced Research and Training Network in Food Quality, Safety and Security” (FoodTraNet).

FoodTraNet is designed to provide high-level training of a new generation of high achieving Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in a common platform of advanced mass spectrometric tools for food quality, safety and security. In the rapidly developing field of food science, researchers require a multidisciplinary, intersectoral grounding in these tools to extract all the potential from traditional and newly available methodologies and techniques. Although already available, a translational gap exists between research capability and industrial uptake that needs to be bridged to ensure efficient use. FoodTraNet is designed to bridge this gap by creating a multidisciplinary training and research network that will give ESRs the ability to transfer their knowledge from basic sciences to industrial applications.

FoodTraNet will cover techniques including stable isotopes, target, suspect, non-target screening and mass spectrometry imaging to meet the following objectives:

1) To identify biomarkers and bioactive compounds to assure food quality and traceability.

2) To characterise novel foods to support food safety and security.

3) Develop and characterise new products based on the latest advances in nanotechnology, including edible photonic barcodes, nano-sensors, multi-functional polymer nanostructured materials, and new, active and intelligent packaging.

These goals will be achieved through a combination of individual research, non-academic placements, workshops, and complementary transferrable skills training facilitated by the academic-non-academic composition of the consortium. Substantial industrial involvement in the project, with the full participation of Barilla, CONCAST and SMEs from different sectors, will provide ESRs with the skills necessary for thriving careers in a burgeoning field underpinning food research across a range of diverse disciplines.

Each ESR will be provided with an individualised structured and comprehensive research programme, learn theory and gain first-hand laboratory experience. In addition, to studying at his/her hosting institution, the ESR will spend time at a partner university/research centre/company. Being trained in a highly relevant research field will enhance researchers career prospective and employability.

FoodTraNet aims to recruit 15 outstanding and highly motivated ESRs to meet the ambitious goals of the project. Interested applicants can find detailed information on each position (ESR 1 to 15) on the FoodTraNew website https://www.foodtranet.org/esr_projects.html :

15 ESR Project Positions:

ESR 1 Markers for pasta and rice organic authentication

ESR 2 Authenticity of dairy products

ESR 3 Distinctive multimodal molecular organic and traditional wine characterisation

ESR 4 Development of novel edible photonic barcodes for food tagging and tracing

ESR 5 Characterisation of bioactive compounds in organic beekeeping

ESR 6 Novel strategies for verifying food authenticity and build consumer trust

ESR 7 Alternative waste exploitation: micro and nano-plastic in agricultural wastewater reuse

ESR 8 Synthesis of “smart” polymer nanostructured materials for use in food research

ESR 9 Identification of contaminants of emerging concern in novel foods for human consumption

ESR 10 Alternative waste exploitation: contaminants of emerging concern in agricultural wastewater reuse

ESR 11 New chemical and bio-sensors for food quality and safety

ESR 12 The synthesis of smart biopolymer materials with nanostructured surfaces with antimicrobial, biocompatible, anti-adhesive properties

ESR 13 Functional coatings for active packaging development

ESR 14 Plastics in Seafood

ESR 15 Consumer awareness and perception

All applications, in English, must be done using FoodTraNet application form. To access the application form click on this link: https://www.foodtranet.org/apply.html.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30/06/2021, 23:00 - CET


Eligibility Criteria

FoodTraNet is looking for a broad international representation of Early Stage Researchers. The network acknowledges its responsibility for recruiting researchers and their working and living conditions, as stated in the document “The European Charter for Researchers - Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”.


The positions are open to all nationalities. However, your application has to comply with the European Commission’s Mobility Rules, meaning that at the time of recruitment, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the reference date (indicative start of the employment contract, Month Date 2020). Compulsory national service and short stays such as holidays are excluded (European Commission’s Guide for Applicants).


If you have already gained prior work experience in academia, you shall be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career at the time of recruitment by the host organisation and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. Part-time research experience will be counted pro-rata (European Commission’s Guide for Applicants).


Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to benefit from the network training.


ESR applicants must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) relevant to the project(s) for which they apply. For further information, please consult the detailed information for each position. Applicants should not have been awarded a PhD degree. Additional requirements can apply for specific positions.

If any of the prerequisites mentioned above are not satisfied, FoodTraNet reserves the right to exclude applicants from the selection process at any time, even after the selection procedure has taken place.


How to apply – Application Process

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by email to the FoodTraNet email address info.foodtranet@ijs.si before the application deadline.

The application consists of downloading and completing the Application Form, available here: https://www.foodtranet.org/apply.html, the submission of a Curriculum Vitae, a Covering Letter, your Academic Records and Reference letter(s) (if you have them) in a single PDF file.


The deadline for application is 23:00 (CET) on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

The application form requires basic contact information (name, surname, email) and ESR eligibility criteria (date of Master’s award, full-time postgraduate research experience in months, country of residence and duration of residence in that country). Applicants are invited to choose up to three PhD Positions in order of preference. Only the complete applications (completed application form, CV, Covering Letter and Academic Records) will be evaluated. FoodTraNet is committed to Open, transparent, Merit-based Recruitment procedures of Researchers (OTM-R). Please contact info.foodtranet@ijs.si if you have any problems submitting your application.

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Employment Conditions & ESR Benefits

The selected candidates are employed with a full-time contract. The salary follows the Marie Curie-Skłodowska ITN funding Scheme. All eligible researchers recruited within the ITN are entitled to receive the following salaries (gross amounts):

· Living allowance: 3,270 €/month gross amount corrected by a country-specific coefficient established by the European Commission[1]

· Mobility allowance: 600 €/month

· Family allowance: 500 €/month[2]

The amounts are total gross remuneration, including all social security contributions charged to the recruiting organisation and the PhD candidate. The amount depends on the country of the recruiting organisation and the applied laws and regulations. Tax regulations in the host countries apply. The family allowance is reserved for PhD candidates who have a spouse2 or are maintaining a child at the recruitment date. Any change in family obligations after this date will not be considered.

An individualised career development plan will be prepared for each fellow together with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner laboratories of the network. The ESR fellows are expected to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of employment. The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding). Any additional funding after this period will be dependent on the host institution in accordance with the expected time of completing a PhD.

FoodTraNet offers a dynamic and challenging position in an internationally-oriented organisation where each ESR will receive advanced education and conduct exciting research. In addition to their research, all ESRs will benefit from internships, secondments, and training modules.


ESR: Key Responsibilities

· To manage and carry out a research project within the duration of the FoodTraNet project.

· To write a PhD dissertation.

· To participate in research and training activities within FoodTraNet.

· To publish peer-reviewed scientific articles.

· To participate in meetings of different FoodTraNet consortium bodies.

· To disseminate project results to the scientific community (international conferences) and non-scientific community through outreach and public engagement.

· To liaise with research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.

· To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations and the web.

· To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.



Selection process

An applicant can apply for a maximum of three specific ESR projects listed in order of preference.

The selection committee will check applications against the following criteria:

· Scientific background and potential of the candidate as indicated by his/her experience.

· Fit to a research project.

· Evidence of ability to undertake research.

· Evidence of working within groups or teams.

· Impact and benefit of the proposed training to the candidate’s research career.

Up to five candidates will be short-listed for each position and invited to an interview (interviews by video link will be held if candidates cannot travel).

Successful applicants are admitted to their selected ESR position and PhD programme following the order of the ranking list. The selected applicants must confirm by email their participation in the FoodTraNet ESR position to the project coordinator within 15 days. Applicants who fail to meet this deadline will be replaced by the next ranked applicant.

If there is no suitable applicant, the FoodTraNet network may recruit a qualified applicant for a different PhD position or launch a new call. The selected ESR will be expected to start their research as soon as feasibly possible (deadline 31.1.2022).


Additional comments


Personal data will be collected, used, and processed according to the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR). FoodTraNet commits to using applicants’ personal information to implement the selection process and institutional purposes only. Participation in the selection process implies the applicant’s consent to collecting, using, and processing their data by the FoodTraNet. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process.


For more information see: www.foodtranet.org .


Contact to Hiring/Funding Organisation/Institute:

WEBSITE: www.foodtranet.org

E-MAIL: info.foodtranet@ijs.si



Work location(s)
3 position(s) available at
Jozef Stefan Institute
2 position(s) available at
Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM), Centre for Research and Innovation
San Michele All'adige
2 position(s) available at
Universiteit Maastricht (UM-M4i), Imaging Mass Spectrometry
2 position(s) available at
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC-INIA), Department of Environment and Agronomy
2 position(s) available at
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Chem./ Environ. Pollution Control Laboratory
1 position(s) available at
University of Antwerp (UA), Toxicological Centre
1 position(s) available at
Institute fo Environmental Protection and Sensors Ltd. (IOS),
1 position(s) available at
University of Maribor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
1 position(s) available at
WRG Europe Ltd, Exeter,
United Kingdom
United Kingdom

EURAXESS offer ID: 638796


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