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H2020 MSCA ITN FoodTraNet call for ESR Applications

»15 PhD positions available for Early Stage Researchers at »Advanced Research and Training Network in Food Quality, Safety and Security« FoodTraNet, H2020 MSCA ITN Project«

The FoodTraNet network opens a call for applications within the framework of the FoodTraNet project (Advanced Research and Training Network in Food Quality, Safety and Security). These positions will be funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 956265.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action “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. In the rapidly developing field of food science, researchers require a multidisciplinary, intersectoral grounding in these tools to extract all the potential from traditional and newly available methodologies and techniques. Although already available, a translational gap exists between research capability and industrial uptake that needs to be bridged to ensure efficient use. FoodTraNet is designed to bridge this gap by creating a multidisciplinary training and research network that will give ESRs the ability to transfer their knowledge from basic sciences to industrial applications.

H2020 MSCA ITN FoodTraNet call for ESR 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.

H2020 MSCA ITN FoodTraNet call for ESR Applications

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 aims to recruit 15 outstanding and highly motivated ESRs (Table 1) to meet the ambitious goals of the project. Interested applicants can find detailed information on each position (ESR 1 to 15) below or on the FoodTraNew website.

Please carefully read the Call for Applicants guidance document for more information regarding Employment Conditions, ESR Benefits, and Eligibility Rules before you submit your application.

The application, in English, must be done using FoodTraNet application form. To access the application form click on this link. The deadline for application is June 30, 2021 (23:00 CET).

Project Listings

PhD position (ESR 12) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: The synthesis of smart biopolymer materials with nanostructured surfaces with antimicrobial, biocompatible, anti-adhesive propertiesDetails
PhD position (ESR 8) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Synthesis of “smart” polymer nanostructured materials for use in food researchDetails
PhD position (ESR 1) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Markers for pasta and rice organic authenticationDetails
PhD position (ESR 2) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Authenticity of dairy productsDetails
PhD position (ESR 11) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: New chemical and bio-sensors for food quality and safetyDetails
PhD position (ESR 14) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Plastics in SeafoodDetails
PhD position (ESR 3) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Distinctive multimodal molecular organic and traditional wine characterisationDetails
»PhD position (ESR 7) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Alternative waste exploitation: microplastics in water and reuse in crops«Details
PhD position (ESR 5) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Characterisation of bioactive compounds in organic beekeepingDetails
PhD position (ESR 10) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Alternative waste exploitation: contaminants of emerging concern in agricultural wastewater reuseDetails
PhD position (ESR 4) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Development of novel edible photonic barcodes for food tagging and tracingDetails
PhD position (ESR 6) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Novel strategies for verifying food authenticity and build consumer trustDetails
PhD position (ESR 9) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Identification of contaminants of emerging concern in novel foods for human consumptionDetails
PhD position (ESR 13) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Functional coatings for active packaging developmentDetails
PhD position (ESR 15) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: Consumer awareness and perceptionDetails