22/06/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD fellowship in RASOPTA at the Fish Pathology and Parasitology Research Team, Veterinary Medical Research Institute (formerly: Institute for Veterinary Medical Research) (ÁTKI), Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Allatorvostudomanyi Kutatointézet
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesOther
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/09/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Hungary › Budapest
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/01/2022
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    956481

OFFER DESCRIPTION

A 3-year PhD fellowship is available at the Fish Pathology and Parasitology Research Team, Veterinary Medical Research Institute (formerly: Institute for Veterinary Medical Research (ÁTKI), Budapest, Hungary with an expected start January 1st 2022.

The fellowship is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956481.

About RASOPTA (Safeguarding future production of fish in aquaculture systems with water recirculation)

The RASOPTA consortium consists of enthusiastic academic researchers and innovative non-academic partners, which together will train a new generation of scientists with expertise in sustainable and healthy fish production with a minimal water consumption. Production of fish in recirculated aquaculture systems (RAS) requires experiences from several scientific disciplines, but there is need to bridge existing knowledge gaps between these disciplines to ensure a high water quality, healthy and non-stressed fish, and a supreme consumer quality of the fish. Therefore, in the RASOPTA project state-of-the-art training in important disciplines within RAS technology will be provided by 10 universities and research institutes and 8 non-academic partners in 8 countries. Primary goals of the training are to improve microbial processes to maintain a high water quality, to identify flavour compounds that may affect consumer preference for fish from RAS, and to ensure an optimum health and welfare of the fish. The research also aims at developing a DNA-based chip for early warning of quality and health of the fish. To reach the interdisciplinary goals in RASOPTA, the consortium will train 12 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in disciplines ranging from chemistry, microbiology and molecular biology, to physiology and pathology of fish.

About your project (ESR 11)

Together with 4 other Early Stage Researchers (to be recruited respectively by University Autonóma de Barcelona (UAB - ESR8), Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlagen-Nurnberg (FAU - ESR 9), University of Copenhagen (DVAS-UCPH - ESR 10) and Technical University of Denmark (DTU - ESR 12) you will contribute to the implementation of Fish Health and Welfare Work package 3.

‐ The ESR 11 enrolled at ÁTKI will survey the presence and diversity of different external pathogenic and commensal parasites (gill and skin) by morphometric methods using LM (light microscopy), SEM microscopy (scanning electron microscopy) and molecular methods. In addition ESR 11 will investigate the potential fish health implications of the infections in freshwater RAS.

‐ The ESR 11 will identify emerging parasites and characterize their virulence and life cycle under different environmental conditions. She/he will define optimal management procedures for reduction of the impact of parasitism in RAS.

  • The ESR 11 will be involved in the design and conduct of experiments aimed at controlling parasitic infections in fish in RAS by using environmentally friendly methods (mechanical, electric, ultrasonic, thermic, biological water treatment, tank design).

-The ESR 11 will contribute to the identifying specific target sequences of pathogenic gill parasites to be used for the design of a DNA-based chip as an early health monitoring and warning tool in RAS.

The candidate will be enrolled at the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (HUALS)- which is the PhD awarding entity- (Doctoral School of Animal Science , Gödöllő, Hungary https://doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=191&di_ID=159&lang=EN

The candidate will participate at various RASOPTA training events.

Secondments are performed at H&H Carpio Fishery LtD, Hungary (H&H), University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania (UTAS)

More Information

Benefits

Employment will start 1st of January 2022, or before.

The PhD student will receive during the 36 months research period: gross ~2160 Euros living allowance + 600 Euros mobility allowance + 500 Euros family allowance (if relevant) converted into HUF in accordance with the rules and regulations laid down by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action European Training Network.

Eligibility criteria

The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment - unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

The most important rules are that the applicant:

‐ (1) should not have a doctoral degree,

‐(2) has obtained a Master degree within the last 4 years, and

‐ (3) should not have spent more than 12 months of his/her time during the last 3 years in Hungary. A Hungarian applicant are only eligible to be selected if he/she has been living outside of Hungary for 12 months immediately prior to the recruitment.

- The researcher must be Early Stage Researcher (ESR): at time of recruitment she/he must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research careers and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

 

 

Selection process

The application must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, transcripts of diplomas (e.g. exam scores), motivation letter, adequate skill documentation, as well as possible letters of recommendation and diplomas.

The closing date for applications is 15th September. Candidates must submit their application electronically via the following e-mails: szekely.csaba@vmri.hu and/or sellyei.boglarka@atk.hu

The selected applicants will be interviewed through an online meeting by Selection Committee per ESR.

Assessment

After the expiry of the deadline for application, the authorized recruitment manager selects candidates for assessment on the advice of an Interview Committee.

Selected candidates are invited for interviews in October 2021.

Additional comments

Remark

The vacancy is subject to the prerequisite that the RASOPTA Grant Agreement is concluded with the European Commission.

About the host Institution

The Veterinary Medical Research Institute (formerly: Institute for Veterinary Medical Research) (ÁTKI) is the sole research facility in Hungary with the primary dedication to veterinary science, and it is a cornerstone of molecular microbiology research in the field. Its fundamental purpose to conduct basic research with the aim to provide wider insight into biological features of pathogens (viruses, bacteria, parasites) with particular relevance to veterinary medicine.

Its additional primary function is to prepare for the practical implementation of results and to develop innovative, and effective diagnostic methods, vaccines, and defensive strategies against various diseases. Researchers play a significant role in higher education in the field of veterinary and life sciences, principally in postgraduate (PhD) training, as well as in vocational training of veterinarians.

The Fish Pathology and Parasitology Research Team is one of the 8 teams of the Institute with international reputation. See:

http://aoti.atk.hu/hu/halkortan_es_parazitologia_temacsoport

http://aoti.atk.hu/en/fish_pathology_parasitology

 

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesOther
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Educational sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment - unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

The most important rules are that the applicant:

‐ (1) should not have a doctoral degree,

‐(2) has obtained a Master degree within the last 4 years, and

‐ (3) should not have spent more than 12 months of his/her time during the last 3 years in Hungary. A Hungarian applicant are only eligible to be selected if he/she has been living outside of Hungary for 12 months immediately prior to the recruitment.

- The researcher must be Early Stage Researcher (ESR): at time of recruitment she/he must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research careers and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

 

Specific Requirements

Further requirements

We are looking for a dedicated and skilled individual with the following qualifications:

Qualifications: Master’s degree not older then 4 year, preferably on the field of fish parasitology, fish diseases and molecular biology. To be considered for the position, it is a condition that his/her Master’s degree is considered to be equivalent to a Hungarian Master’s degree. The candidate must have passed a language course and demonstrate fluency in English.

 

Experience: Experiences in organizing and executing laboratory work; capacity to collaborate but also work independently. The candidate must document previous experience with regard to laboratory work, safety issues and animal handling.

 

 

Knowledge and skills:

The candidate must be familiar with fish pathology and basic traditional and molecular laboratory processes. Good communication skills and analytical skills must be documented. Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Abilities: We expect the candidate to be able to interpret scientific literature and incorporate state-of-the-art knowledge into project design. Systematic and accurate data recording within a timetable is essential.

Other: Flexible and co-operative; Good relationships with staff and ability to communicate effectively; Self-motivated and hardworking; Critical approach to work; Willingness to learn new skills; Willingness to travel for secondments.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Allatorvostudomanyi Kutatointézet
Hungary
Budapest
1143
Hungaria krt. 21.

EURAXESS offer ID: 654900

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