10 PhD positions available to research on Offshore Seaweed Aquaculture

The overarching aim of the SeaChem (Seaweed Aquaculture to Produce High-value Chemicals) Doctoral Network project is to provide high-level training in the offshore cultivation and valorization of seaweed to a new generation of 10 high-achieving doctoral candidates (DC) and equipping them with the transferable and scientific skills necessary for thriving careers in the burgeoning area of non-land-based biomass cultivation and use.

This international training programme, encompassing 6 intersectoral partners (5 academic, 2 non-academic) in 4 countries, focuses on innovative technological developments across a range of interdisciplinary fields such as construction engineering, materials science, (micro-)biology, (bio-)chemical engineering, environmental biotechnology and machine learning. The success of SeaChem will be achieved by a unique combination of state-of-the-art doctoral research projects, intersectoral secondments, international mobility and unique interdisciplinary courses.

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Recruited Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if applicable). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on the local Supervisor, and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin). In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to fully respect the following eligibility and mobility criteria (to be demonstrated in the Europass CV):

  • Supported researchers must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.

  • Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. For 'International European Research Organisations' (IERO), 'international organisations', or entities created under Union law, the researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment in the same appointing organisation. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent by the researcher as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not considered.

Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible.

Open Positions

DC10: Sustainability assessment brown seaweed cultivation and biorefinery systems designed according to the green chemistry principles


Selection Process

All applications proceed first through the online recruitment portal on the website. Candidates apply electronically for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provide all requested information including:

  • a detailed CV (Europass model obligatory)

  • a motivation letter

  • transcripts of bachelor and master’s degree

Applications are made through an on-line, eligibility-proof form on the SENNET recruitment webpage. The candidates apply for a maximum of three specific positions and list their order of preference. After interviewing (through videoconferencing means or in person, if possible) the candidates, the corresponding Supervisors provide the names of their preferred candidates to the project’s Supervisory Board. The final list of selected researchers will be discussed and approved by the Supervisory Board. Final ranking of applicants will be made by the Supervisory Board, who might conduct additional selection interviews with the most suitable candidates (through videoconferencing means or in person, if possible).

The final appointment of each selected researcher will be subject to approval by the Doctoral School in which the candidate is supposed to be enrolled in doctoral programme.

Deadline: 1 October 2022