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PhD position (ESR 11) in Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “FoodTraNet”: New chemical and bio-sensors for food quality and safety

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  Dr A Lobnik  Wednesday, June 30, 2021  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Maribor Slovenia Analytical Chemistry Biochemistry Bioinformatics Environmental Biology Microbiology Nanotechnology Food Sciences Pharmaceutical Chemistry

About the Project

Context: The focus will be on developing an optical sensor for non-invasive detection of freshness, pesticides, various allergens in real-time and will primarily serve the food processing industry to assure product traceability and 17 This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 956265. safety from the production line to the end-user. Optical sensor technology provides a viable alternative to electrodes and other chemical-sensing devices because it has low sensitivity to electromagnetic noise, compatibility with optical fibres, easily miniaturised, and does not require a reference cell.

Objectives: To develop nano-based chemical/bio-sensor receptors for the determination of organophosphates, freshness, food quality. Expected Results: Nano- and bio-sensors for determining food quality and safety (D3.3); Sensor performance characterised (M8). Planned secondments: S38: BOKU (G. M. Guebitz), 3 months, M14-16, development of bio-sensors and immobilisation of enzymes on nanomaterials; S39: JSI (E. Heath), 2 months, M21-22, validation of developed sensors; S40: CSIC (D. Hernando/R.González), 2 months, M27-28, application of sensor for determination of pesticides in a real system – food waste.

ESR Profile and requirements: The main requirements are to understand the process of sensor development, which involves interdisciplinary topics and includes knowledge of material and nanomaterial science, photonics, chemicals, optical indicators, analytical chemistry, and some basic knowledge of biology. This work aims to design appropriate bio-chemical sensors for organophosphates, food freshness, and food quality parameters.

How to apply

Application Process:

All applications, in English, must be done using FoodTraNet application form. To access the application form click on this link:

The application form requires basic contact information (name, surname, email) and ESR eligibility criteria (date of Master’s award, full-time postgraduate research experience in months, country of residence and duration of residence in that country). Applicants are invited to choose up to three PhD Positions in order of preference. Only the complete applications (completed application form, CV, Covering Letter and Academic Records) will be evaluated. FoodTraNet is committed to Open, transparent, Merit-based Recruitment procedures of Researchers (OTM-R). Please contact  if you have any problems submitting your application.

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: .