Open positions

Number of ESR positions available: 15

 

Career stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 years (Post graduate)

Research Profiles

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application period

June-September 2018 (please refer to specific job offers for details)

Starting date

September-January 2018

 

 

MAIN ACTIVITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Enrol in a PhD by research programme and carry out the research and training activities specified by a personal career development plan (PCDP).
  • Conduct research in the following topical areas: skeletal development and integrity, nutrition, environment, bone cell culture, molecular tools and methods, artificial intelligence, supervised learning, socio-economic studies.
  • Undertake mandatory training programs and secondments as required at the facilities of other consortium members such as Italy, Norway, France, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Germany, and the United States.
  • Participate in outreach and dissemination activities promoting the BioMedaqu project and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme including the use of social media, video-diaries, newsletters, etc.
  • Work closely with academic and industrial collaborators and facilitate knowledge transfer between the BioMedaqu consortium.
  • As a MSCA ITN Ambassador carry out undergraduate supervision/demonstrating/teaching duties under supervisor direction and according to university regulations.
  • Actively participate in PhD training activities and submit a thesis in fulfilment of the requirements of a PhD degree.
  • Prepare regular progress reports on the performed research and training activities and present the research outcomes at meetings, project workshops, and to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.
  • Study and follow the technical literature including academic papers, journals and textbooks to keep abreast with the state-of-the-art in the project topical area.
  • Record, analyse and write up results of research work and contribute to the production of research reports and publications.
  • Carry out routineadministrative duties as requested, e.g. arranging research programme group meetings, maintaining research programme group website, contributing to organisation of BioMedaqu project training workshops and events.

PLANNING AND ORGANISING:

  • Contribute to the CDP development and provide regular updating of this plan.
  • Manage own time and meet agreed deadlines.
  • Plan own day-to-day activity within the framework of the agreed research and training programme.
  • Contribute to the planning of research and training activities, reports and publications.
  • Actively contribute to organisation of outreach activities events.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure research resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students involved with research and training.

INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Liaise with research colleagues and support staff on routine matters.
  • Make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and form relationships for future collaboration.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings and training events.
  • Contribute to the project outreach programmes by establishing links with local community groups, industries etc.

 

Benefits

MSCA-ITN eligibility criteria:
There are strict eligibility requirements for the ESR PhD positions in MSCA-ITN. Please ensure that you qualify before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered.
• Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the start date of the PhD research.
• Applicants for the ESR PhD positions should be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4 year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
MSCA-ITN offers an attractive salary and working conditions. A unique feature of MSCA-ITN is that during the PhD research, ESR PhD students will be given the opportunity to perform secondments at the facilities of other consortium members. ESR PhD students will benefit from a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium partners. Salary is complemented with a mobility allowance.
For more information on MSCA-ITN, visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index_en.htm

 

Positions

1

Université de Liège, Belgium - Dr Marc Muller.

ESR1 will develop a software tool able to automatically identify and locate skeletal elements in a variety of images, to perform morphometric measurements, classify skeletal malformations, and disseminate within the consortium and to wider audience within a web-based environment.
For further information contact: Dr Marc Muller (m.muller@uliege.be).

2

Université de Liège, Belgium - Dr Marc Muller

ESR2 will obtain zebrafish lines mutated in specific genes involved in human osteoarthritis and study the function of these genes in bone development. Gene function will also be assessed in cell culture and their expression pattern investigated in aquaculture species.
For further information contact: Dr Marc Muller (m.muller@uliege.be).

3

INSERM-Université Paris Diderot, France – Prof Martine Cohen-Solal

ESR3 will combine generation of mutant zebrafish lines with studies in human cell lines to investigate the function of specific genes.
For further information contact: Prof Martine Cohen-Solal (martine.cohen-solal@inserm.fr).

4

Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy - Dr Clara Boglione

ESR4 will focus on the description of morphological, histological and biomolecular descriptors/markers of anomalous skeletogenesis
For further information contact: Dr Clara Boglione (boglione@uniroma2.it) - http://www.api-online.it/index.cfm/it/

5

Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy - Dr Clara Boglione

ESR5 will study how the behavioural dynamics modulate skeletal anomaly’s onset and repair.
For further information contact: Dr Clara Boglione (boglione@uniroma2.it) - http://www.api-online.it/index.cfm/it/

6

Universidad De Las Palmas De Gran Canaria,Spain – Prof Marisol Izquierdo.

ESR6 will determine the effect of plant ingredients on skeleton macro- and micro-morphology by following molecular and practical morphological indicators For further information contact: Prof Marisol Izquierdo (marisol.izquierdo@ulpgc.es).

7

Universidad De Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain – Prof Marisol Izquierdo. Prof Juan Carlos Martin Hernadez, Prof Didier Vancaillie

ESR7 will perform the economic evaluation, using the discrete choice methodology, to measure in monetary terms the burden of bone anomalies in European fish farms, evaluating the risk and prediction of skeleton anomalies as well as the effect of preventive measures developed and applied by fish farmers.
For further information contact: Prof Marisol Izquierdo (marisol.izquierdo@ulpgc.es), Prof JC Martin (jcarlos.martin@ulpgc.es), Prof. Didier van Caillie (d.vancaillie@uliege.be)

8

Universidad De Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain – Prof Marisol Izquierdo.

ESR8 will characterize the effects of vitamins K and D effects on Ca metabolism and skeletal health of marine fish larvae, model fish and on bone-derived cells, with the aim to define adequate levels of these vitamins for preservation of skeletal health.
For further information contact: Prof Marisol Izquierdo (marisol.izquierdo@ulpgc.es).

9

Universidade do Algarve, Portugal - Prof Leonor Cancela.

ESR9 will study the mineralogenic effects of compounds extracted from marine organisms on bone cell cultures, model and aquaculture fish, to discover positive effects on bone formation and regeneration.
For further information contact: Prof L Cancela (lcancela@ualg.pt), Prof P Gavaia (pgavaia@ualg.pt).

10

Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy – Prof Oliana Carnevali.  

ESR10 will study the effects of micronutrients extracted from Lactobacillus on osteoblastic and chondroblastic skeletal cells, on zebrafish cell cultures and on aquaculture species, to discover positive effects on bone formation and regeneration.
For further information contact: Prof O Carnevali (o.carnevali@univpm.it).

11

Universiteit Gent, Belgium – Prof Eckhard Witten.

ESR11 will focus on the study of vertebral fusion defects in developing salmon, in order to better understand the fusion process also in other species and to formulate recommendations to reduce their incidence.
For further information contact: Prof E Witten (PEckhardWitten@aol.com).

12

Universiteit Gent, Belgium – Prof Eckhard Witten.

ESR12 will focus on the effects of phosphate deficiency or oversupply on skeletal malformations, with focus on vertebral column malformations, to define optimal conditions for skeletal health.
For further information contact: Prof E Witten (PEckhardWitten@aol.com).

13

Universidade do Algarve, Portugal - Prof Leonor Cancela, Prof Paulo Gavaia.

ESR9 will determine the effect of the balance in antioxidant and pro-oxidant nutrients in bone mineralization and remodelling to better understand the role of reactive oxygen species on bone formation and remodelling.
For further information contact: Prof L Cancela (lcancela@ualg.pt), Prof P Gavaia (pgavaia@ualg.pt).

14

Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster, Germany – Prof Stefan Schulte-Merker.

ESR14 will aim at in depth understanding of the molecular and cellular events during spine repair in larval zebrafish based on 4D description of the cellular process leading to repair and based on molecular analysis of the expression profile of these cells.
For further information contact: Prof S Schulte-Merker (Stefan.Schulte-Merker@ukmuenster.de).

15

Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, Faro, Portugal – Dr Pedro Pousao-Ferreira, Dr Narcisa Bandarra and Dr Laura Ribeiro.

ESR15 will study the role of dietary lipids in growth, mineral contents and effects on skeletal development by identifying genes involved in mediating the skeletogenic effects of essential fatty acids. Recommendations for dietary EFA levels promoting a correct osteological development in aquaculture will be issued.
For further information contact: Dr P Pousao-Ferreira (pedro.pousao@ipma.pt) , Dr Narcisa Bandarra (narcisa@ipma.pt) and Dr L Ribeiro (lribeiro@ipma.pt).