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10 PhD positions in the MSCA Doctoral Network PHABB

10 PhD positions in the MSCA Doctoral Network PHABB

Job Information

  • Organisation/Company: Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle
  • Research Field: Biological sciences » Biodiversity, Biological sciences » Biology, Environmental science » Ecology, Environmental science » Water science, Agricultural sciences » Other
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Country: France
  • Application Deadline: 15 May 2024 - 12:00 (Atlantic/Bermuda)
  • Type of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?: HE/MSCA
  • Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number: 101120280
  • Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure? : No

Our planet is mostly blue and mankind increasingly relies on the quality of our marine and freshwater bodies to produce our food and provide clean drinking water.

Micro and macro algae play an important role in these aquatic ecosystems and our future thus increasingly depends on the presence of both desirable and undesirable algae. Desirable algae are, for example, seaweeds that we consume, use for biofuels, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Whereas undesirable algae can form harmful algal blooms (HABs) that alter water quality, with dramatic consequences for wild and farmed fish and shellfish, as well as our supplies of drinking water. Unfortunately, climate change is intensifying occurrences of HABs in our coastal and inland waters, in concert with progressive warming, ocean acidification and deoxygenation. It is conservatively estimated that HABs cause €6.8 billion damage to the global aquaculture industries alone, annually. Whereas seaweed cultivation is the fastest growing sector of all aquaculture sectors and now contributes ~51% by volume to global mariculture production: global seaweed production has tripled between 2000 and 2018, when it reached 32.4 million tonnes, at a total value of €10.7 billion. The potential of seaweed farming to improve livelihoods, alleviate poverty, reduce inequalities, and underpin food security is accordingly huge.

As with any form of cultivation however, pathogen outbreaks and their spread can significantly hinder seaweed production. Disease management in farms, as well as biosecurity is needed to minimise the risk of disease outbreaks, thus ensuring the sustainability of the industry and also safeguarding the environment from adverse impacts. Likewise, microscopic algae (i.e. cyanobacteria, diatoms, and dinoflagellates) that can form HABs are also vulnerable to many pathogens, most of which are very poorly known. The most recent research keeps unveiling a wealth of ubiquitous microorganisms, including fungi, oomycetes, protists, bacteria, and viruses that reduce fitness or kill algae.

Therefore, the central research question that links together all 10 PHABB’s training projects is: How can we fight pathogens of algae to safeguard seaweed production, and exploit them to combat harmful algal blooms?

For this purpose, PHABB brings together an exceptional combination of 12 European academic institutions and 8 SMEs with unique expertise in marine and freshwater algal-pathogen interactions, microbial ecology and evolution, epidemiology, taxonomy, microscopy and “omics” technologies. PHABB will employ 10 Doctoral Candidates (DCs) across the consortium. We shall provide multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral scientific training through individual projects based at different locations. PHABB will therefore deliver highly employable researchers with skills in water quality management, aquaculture of fish, shellfish and seaweeds, biocontrol of HABs and biosecurity.

Are you interested?

Please read more below about the different PhD positions available on the PHABB website! Learn more about the objectives of each PhD position.

Recruitment is open! The application deadlines may vary for each project owing to local constraints. Positions may begin as early as June 2024. Each PhD student will be appointed in accordance with the conditions specified by the respective host organisation.


  • Research Field: Biological sciences » Biodiversity
  • Education Level: Master Degree or equivalent

Firm deadlines for application may vary for each position, owing to specific constraints of the hosting institution: if this applies, this will be specified on the corresponding PhD page. Generally, application received before May 15th 2024 will be given full priority. However, we may accept later applications until all positions are filled.

Additional Information

Work Location(s)

  • Number of offers available: 10
  • Company/Institute: MNHN
  • Country: France

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