Vacancies

6 PhD Stipends are available the Marie Skłodowska Curie EID-training network - Advanced use of mosses for biotechnological solutions (MossTech).

MossTech is looking to hire 6 talented and ambitious PhD students (ESR) from the 1st of April 2018. They should aspire for a career within industrial biotechnology. MossTech will ensure a training within the fast increasing field of Plant Synthetic Biology. Through our training program, our new recruits will develop novel technologies and applications and use these in green cells biotechnological applications.

In general, all the projects comprise of 22-24 month of work at the industrial partner and 12-14 months at the academic partner. Thus, you as a PhD student will be trained in both industrial and academic technologies and theories. All the projects are focussed on the use of mosses for industrial application and will involve both molecular biology and analytical chemistry techniques. Please see the individual description for more details.

The six projects are:

1: The aim is to establish new transformation protocols to enable genetic engineering of new moss species and establish novel green cell factories. The project will also study terpenoid biosynthetic pathways in mosses and alterations of these and apply these in industrial production.
The academic supervisor is
Prof. Ralf Reski, University of Freiburg, Germany.
The industrial supervisor is
Hansol Bae, Mosspiration Biotech, Denmark.
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2. The aim is to identify stress conditions that increase terpenoid production in the moss, and to determine underlying key regulatory genes suitable to increase terpenoid production under normal growth conditions. The project will use the moss Physcomitrella patens as model plant for the studies.
The academic supervisor is
Jörg Becker, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal.
The industrial supervisor is
Hansol Bae, Mosspiration Biotech, Denmark.
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3. The aim is to find new mosses that produce small metabolites (terpenoids) and use these in production. Both untargeted and targeted metabolite profiling of Nordic mosses will be conducted. The project will also establish novel in vitro growth technologies for mosses and perform bioassays to test for allelopathic activity. This project is for 48 month according to Swedish regulations.
The academic supervisor is
Senior Researcher Nils Cronberg, Lund University, Sweden.
The industrial supervisor is
Finnur Freyr Eiriksson, Arctic Mass, Iceland.
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4. The aim is to identify and design novel terminator elements to enable enhanced and stable transgene expression for biotechnological purposes. This will also increase the understanding of the role of terminators in plant gene expression. The terminators will be tested in both moss and rice.
The academic supervisor is
Prof. Ralf Reski, University of Freiburg, Germany.
The industrial supervisor is
Sara Castelletti, Transactiva, Italy.
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5. The aim is to establish new auxotrophic mosses that will form the background line to be used for production of novel fragrant home plants to be sold as living mosses in US. An auxotrophic moss will enable novel selection methods for genetic modifications, and meet rigid environmental regulations in new markets for Taxa Biotechnologies.
The academic supervisor is
Assoc. Prof. Henrik Toft Simonsen, Technical University of Denmark.
The industrial supervisor is
Antony Evans, Taxa Biotechnologies, California, US.
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6. The aim is to find new liverworts and mosses that produce high levels of lipids of interest for the cosmetic industry. Through the investigation of Nordic bryophytes this project will enable novel industrial production of lipids and allow for in-depth study the biosynthesis of these.
The academic supervisor is
Assoc. Prof. Henrik Toft Simonsen, Technical University of Denmark.
The industrial supervisor is
Finnur Freyr Eiriksson, Arctic Mass, Iceland.
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Formal eligibility criteria for the applicants

Early-stage researchers/PhD students are those who, at the time of recruitment by the host, are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained their first degree, which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate degree. Please note that applicants cannot already hold a PhD at the time of recruitment.

Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment.  Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their academic or industrial organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

Qualified candidates can apply for more than one PhD position within MossTech

Additional information

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions offer attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment.

In addition to their individual industrial scientific projects, all PhD students will benefit from further continuing education, which includes scientific skills courses, transferable skills courses, as well as active participation in workshops and conferences.

MossTech wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Each ESR will be hired for 3 years, full time.

Remember to apply through the links indicated in the different projects. Read more about the formal requirements in the links. Please indicate if you apply for more than one of the positions.

The deadline for all positions is the 6th of December 2017.