FerMicOH: Industrial PhD Scholarship - Agroindustry - deadline May 30, 2016

We are offering 1 industrial PhD Scholarship in the field of Agroindustry – First Stage Researcher (R1) – for a research project on rapid and non-invasive quality control of dairy raw material in collaboration with an industrial partner.

CRI-FEM, the Research and Innovation Centre at the Fondazione Edmund Mach  is a major international research institution with strong and expanding research interests in Fruit Genomics, Quality Health and Nutrition of Agricultural Products, Agro-ecosystems Sustainability, Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology. Moreover, CRI-FEM hosts a Research Unit on Computational Biology and Fox-Lab, an international initiative in forest and wood research. CRI-FEM is located in Trentino, at the foot of the Alps, one of the most spectacular and sought after locations in northern Italy.

(FIRS>T), established at CRI-FEM in 2012 offers each year PhD scholarships to outstanding international graduates to carry out research projects in its areas of interest. FIRS>T offers a unique research opportunity to outstanding international graduates to work on basic and applied research projects, operate in an international working environment, and access to state-of-the-art technologies. The extensive FIRS>T network of international collaborations encourages student mobility and provides young scholars with opportunities to develop their research at top international laboratories.

FerMicOH: Industrial PhD Scholarship - Agroindustry - deadline May 30, 2016

Lunedì, 09 Maggio 2016

The project
This research project aims to develop quality control methods for dairy industrial raw material based on the rapid and non-invasive profiling of volatile compounds by Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass-Spectrometry (PTR-MS), a direct injection mass spectrometry technique, equipped with a Time-of-Flight (ToF) mass analyzer. The study will be complemented both by sensory and gas-chromatographic data. This research project will provide the selected candidate with the opportunity to develop skills related to volatile organic compound analysis, instrumental and software developments, data analysis, and data mining.

The Scholarship
The successful candidate will receive a scholarship of 20,000.00 Euro per year (before taxes). Please notice that scholarship holders do not benefit from pension rights.

In addition to the scholarship, a financial contribution will be available to cover travel expenses associated with the project implementation/training activities/participation in conferences, and for the coverage of university tuition fees.

Please notice that FEM is a research Foundation and cannot issue a PhD degree, nor does it handle requests for registration as a PhD student. Accordingly, the selected candidate will be required to register in a PhD programme in an Italian or foreign university at the latest within one year after the start of the scholarship. If at the end of the first year the selected candidate is not yet registered as a PhD student, the scholarship will be terminated.

The duration of the scholarship is 3 years and the expected starting date is as soon as possible or upon admission of the selected candidate in a relevant PhD programme. The official working language is English.

Admission Requirements
We are looking for talented and motivated candidates 30 years old or younger at the time of their application (born after the 21th of May 1986).

Eligible candidates have an Italian Laurea Magistrale, (recognised by Ministerial Decree no. 270 of 22 October 2004 or equivalent degree), or a university master’s degree awarded abroad and considered suitable by the admissions committee. Foreign qualifications must be equivalent to the Italian ‘Laurea Magistrale’ (Master’s degree), in terms of duration, level and subject area and must give access to an academic course equivalent to the PhD in the country the degree was issued.

Candidates who expect to obtain their qualification giving them access to a PhD programme by the end of June 2016 can also submit their application (in this case the PhD scholarship will only start after obtainment of the degree).

To apply, please send:
1. Your CV, including:
a. the names, titles and email addresses of two referees (only institutional email addresses are accepted);
b. the formula: “I give my consent to the treatment of my personal data according to the Italian privacy law-D.lgs. 196/2003”. Please note that any application not reporting this formula will be disregarded.
2. a scanned copy of your valid ID Card (EU citizens) or Passport (non EU citizens)

to phd.fem@fmach.it (object: FerMicOH Application).

The two referees indicated in the CV need to send a reference letter to phd.fem@fmach.it.

The deadline for applications is 30 May 2016 (h. 12.00 p.m. time of Italy). The two reference letters also need to be sent by 30 May 2016. Reference letters must be sent directly by the two referees, from their institutional email address. Reference letters sent by non-institutional email addresses, or directly forwarded by candidates will not be considered. Please note that incomplete applications will be disregarded. Inform your referees early enough to allow them to transmit the letter in time!

For general questions regarding the application procedure please contact phd.fem@fmach.it.

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