6 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) – PhD student within the project "INTERFUTURE": From microbial interactions to new-concept biobesticides and biof...

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN-EID) INTERFUTURE: From microbial interactions to new-concept biopesticides and biofertilizers:

  • Grant Agreement n. 722642
  • Coordinator: Ilaria Pertot
  • Funding: EU under project number H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016 – 722642
  • Timeframe: 01.12-2016 — 30.11.2020
  • University/Department: Fondazione Edmund Mach, Department of Sustainable Agroecosystems and Bioresources
  • Network Partners: Fondazione Edmund Mach (Coordinator), Italy; University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France; University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , Austria; University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; University of Molise, Italy; Desarrollo Agrícola y Minero, S.A., Spain; BIOBEST, Belgium; BIPA NV, Belgium; INOQ GmbH, Germany; and Azotic Technologies Ltd, UK.

INTERFUTURE will train a new generation of scientists with complementary and interdisciplinary skills in Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Organic Chemistry, Molecular Biology. The main objectives of the research projects are:

  1. to overcome bottlenecks in bio-based products application by exploring the ecology of microbe-host interaction at the community level;
  2. to improve existing microbial biofertilisers by unravelling the biology and exploiting the complementarities of nitrogen-fixing and growth-promoting bacteria;
  3. to exploit natural molecules to shape plant-beneficial microflora and improve plant resilience to disease;
  4. to develop novel volatile organic compounds of bacterial origin for the control of soilborne diseases;
  5. to design and develop innovative insect traps and trapping strategies based on the activity of kairomones produced by microorganisms.

Each of these positions is for a period of 36 months starting in April – June, 2017. The first 18 months will be spent in an academic institution while the second 18 months will be spent as a secondment in an industry. The recruitment of the applicants for each project is on competitive basis.

6 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) – PhD student within the project "INTERFUTURE": From microbial interactions to new-concept biobesticides and biof...

Mercoledì, 01 Marzo 2017

General information on the 6 individual positions:

Who can apply
Applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • have the background and expertise required for the position;
  • be at the time of recruitment in the first four years of research career (full-time equivalent research experience*) calculated from the date on which the Master degree was obtained;
  • not have been awarded a Doctoral Degree;
  • not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the last three years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date;
  • be proficient in both written and spoken English.

*‘Full-time equivalent research experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded) – even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.
Salary and benefits
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment. It consists of:

  • a living allowance (= 3110 euro/month [the Marie Skłodowska-Curie rules apply a correction factor to this amount to allow for the cost of living in different countries: 1.067 to Italy, 0.988 to Germany, 1.11 to France , 1.048 to Austria , 0.976 to Spain, 1.000 to Belgium and 1.203 to United Kingdom)
  • a monthly mobility and family allowance (= 600 and 500 euro/month depending on the family situation).

It must be noted that the living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the researcher. Consequently, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. The rate indicated here is for researchers devoting themselves to their project on a full-time basis. The mobility and family allowance is a fixed amount, regardless of the country of recruitment, and may be taxable depending on the country in question. More details in Sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 of the guide for applicants to H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016.

Furthermore, PhD tuition fees for the ESR are covered and the research project is aimed at defending a thesis and obtaining a PhD degree. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all positions will benefit from further continuing training, which includes summer schools and secondments (All ESRs will be seconded at least once at another partner premises), a variety of training courses as well as transferable skill courses, active participation in workshops and conferences, and exposure to SMEs and Universities from the different European countries involved in INTERFUTURE.