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15 PhD Positions for the MSCA ITN INEXTVIR – Innovative Network for Next Generation Training and Sequencing of Virome


Application Deadline: 15 May 2019

The project seeks to generate a better understanding of viral communities and their role in agricultural ecosystems by using the latest advances in high throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies coupled with modern big data analytical approaches and socioeconomic analysis and communication based on societal requirements and concerns. The main objectives are:

  • To define the virome present in selected agricultural crops across Europe using cutting-edge High-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies.
  • To understand the biological impact virus communities, have on the biology and ecology of farming systems.
  • To improve virus detection capabilities in plant health and certification settings thorough the development and validation of HTS methods including the use of novel sequencing technologies (e.g. Nanopore sequencing) and development of bioinformatics approaches based on AI and machine learning.
  • To assess the agronomic and socio-economic impact of the virome and translate it into practical decision tools for different stakeholders including policy makers, plant healthbodies, diagnostics industry, agricultural sector and society.

Successful candidates will have natural or social-science based research interests and will participate in a transdisciplinary network of research and training aimed at accelerating the start of the applicants’ scientific career.

WHO? They are looking for15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR), with a background in either life sciences and related studies (biology, agronomy, biotechnology, bioinformatics) or social sciences (e.g. Psychology, economics, communication sciences, geography, decision-sciences). Successful candidates will have a strong interest in one of the following fields: plant virology, bioinformatics, virus ecology and epidemiology, agriculture, socio-economics, societal communication, policy and regulation.

The position is offered for 3 years for the following individual research projects: All hired researchers must enroll in Doctoral Programmes, undertake mobility in order to implement their individual Research Project, as well as to participate in complementary training activities.

More information here.

MSCA ITN INEXTVIR PhD fellowship 2019Calls