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PhD positions in FoodTraNet: Food Quality, Safety and Security at European Innovative Network (MSCA ITN)

Deadline: 30 June 2021

“Advanced Research and Training Network in Food Quality, Safety and Security” (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. FoodTraNet is 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 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.

PhD projects available

Full descriptions of every project at the consortium website.

  • 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

Deadline: 30 June 2021

(Euraxess LAC)

[Boletín SIUN 536, 20/21 de mayo de 2021]