Ten Early Stage Researchers positions
(PhD projects) within Marie Curie ITN TRANSIT

Sustainable food production has become a worldwide priority. TRANSIT is a European Training Network that joins forces of 6 academic and 7 non-academic organisations, from 8 European Countries, in a consortium that will provide high level interdisciplinary training to 10 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) within the highly-ambitious training and research programme Training Network Sustainable Technologies. TRANSIT will train young scientists who will be capable of creating a transformational change to drive utility of sustainable food technologies through an interdisciplinary action. TRANSIT is a research and training programme aiming at integrating microbiology, food processing technology, cost benefit analyses, quantitative microbiology, and consumer sciences.

Sustainable technologies (pulsed electric field, ultrasound, non-thermal plasma and high hydrostatic pressure) provide clean-label, nutritious food products and solutions to antimicrobial resistance. Nevertheless, the application of these technologies is currently limited in the food industry. TRANSIT will identify the main microbial molecular targets in food associated pathogens and spoilage organisms and will design effective antimicrobial impact strategies for the sustainable technologies. In concert with renowned non-acadamic partners, the product range for application will be extended taking into account consumer acceptance, and upscaling of the equipment will be realised to accelerate market uptake of sustainably produced foods.

TRANSIT will provide a unique combination of hands-on research training, non-academic placements, summer schools and workshops on research-related and transferable skills by the academic and non-academic partners of the consortium. TRANSIT is recruiting 10 early stage researchers with specialisation in food science, microbiology, biotechnology, food engineering, socio-economics.

Positions are offered for 3 or 4 years for the following individual research projects.

Be sure to see the Marie Curie Career development information (ETN) to discover your eligibility and the opportunities provided in this action. If you are eligible please apply through the institute’s website. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Programme under grant agreement No. 955431 (TRANSIT).

Remuneration according to the MSCA ETN rules

Eligibility criteria

  • Nationals from any country may apply;
  • Must not have more then 4 years of research experience;
  • Must not hold a PhD;
  • Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the country where the post is based for more than 12 months in the previous 36 months;
  • Must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract;
  • Must (soon) be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree to enroll in the local graduate school.

Selection process and general evaluation criteria

  • Educational background relevant for the chosen position (individual research project).
  • A relevant degree that qualifies the holder to begin doctoral studies in the country in which it was issued (a certificated from the University may be required).
  • Previous research experience, relevant to the chosen position.
  • High proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Networking and communication skills (to be evaluated in the interview).
  • If you are from a non-Anglophone country and you have not completed your higher education with English as the language of instruction, you must have a recognised certificate and the minimum required score (test results may not be older then 24 months at the moment of application) for one of the following tests: i.e., 95 TOEFL iBT (minimum writing score 24, minimum speaking score 23), 6.5 IELTS (minimum of 6.0 in each element), Advanced Cambridge (pass at a Grade C), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) (passed).

Pre-selection: will be based on CV, experience, skills and motivation letter. Interviews: Short-listed candidates will be interviewed.

Start of contract: September/October 2021 (institution dependent)
When an ESR is recruited by a non-academic hosting institute, then an academic consortium partner will be the PhD awarding entity (projects 6, 7, 8, 9)

PhD Research Projects

All positions have been filled. Thank you for your interest.