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Early Stage Marie Curie Researchers (11 posts)

Closing Date: 20 February 2017

11 Early stage researcher PhD positions in the EU project FOODSMARTPHONE: Smartphone analysers for on-site testing of food quality and safety.

FOODSMARTPHONE is a Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (MCSA-ITN) that proposes to conduct research and innovation in the development of smartphone based (bio) analytical sensing and diagnostic tools for simplified on-site prescreening of quality and safety parameters and wireless data transfer to servers of relevant stakeholders. In total, 11 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be appointed by the SMARTPHONE consortium for 36 months each.

Description

A paradigm shift in food quality and safety testing is required in order to free resources for an intensified combat against fraud in the food chain. As an enabling technology solution to the problem, FoodSmartphone proposes the development of smartphone-based (bio) analytical sensing and diagnostic tools, for simplified on-site pre-screening of quality and safety parameters and wireless data transfer to servers of relevant stakeholders. The consortium has been built upon highly complementary disciplines: (bio)analytical chemists, biologists, physicists, micro/nano-engineers, mathematicians, software engineers, organic- and food chemists will work together on the joint supra-disciplinary goal. The FoodSmartphone ITN offers a multifaceted approach by providing 11 ESRs (early-stage researchers) with individual research projects that is interlinked to an extensive programme of both mandatory and optional network-wide training events and inter-sectorial secondments with exposure to scientific, innovative and entrepreneurial training initiatives across the ITN. The intersectorial network is comprised of 9 training sites at academia, research centres, biotech SMEs and industrial partners. This combined expertise enables a highly focused program for developing novel tools and concepts and training for the detection, analysis and improved surveillance for food quality and safety parameters. Methodology will include (bio) analytical chemistry, immunological and molecular methods, emerging technologies, multiplexed analysis, microfluidics, imaging and software design, nanotechnology. The project will provide a unique and high level of training for a new generation of specialists with transferable skills and enhanced career perspectives. The scientific training in novel smartphone-based sensing technologies plus the complementary skills training provided, will have a major impact on future EU monitoring practices and, moreover, pave the road for Citizen Science.

 

MSCA-ITN eligibility criteria

There are strict eligibility requirements for the ESR PhD positions in MSCA-ITN. Please ensure that you qualify before applying, as ineligible candidates cannot be considered.

  • Applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of the host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the start date of the PhD research.
  • Applicants for the ESR PhD positions should be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4 year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.

 

Benefits

MSCA-ITN offers an attractive salary and working conditions. A unique feature of MSCA-ITN is that during the PhD research, ESR PhD students will be given the opportunity to perform secondments at the facilities of other consortium members. ESR PhD students will benefit from a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium partners.

Salary is complemented with a mobility allowance.

For more information on MSCA-ITN, visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index_en.htm

Positions

Wageningen University, The Netherlands - Professor Michel Nielen

ESR1 will focus on the development of affordable multiplex smartphone immunoassay for the detection of allergens. This project will involve the set-up of planar array model systems for detecting allergens such as milk, peanuts and soy aimed at low cost analysis and applicability towards trace level detection. For further information contact: Professor Michel Nielen (michel.nielen@wur.nl) or Wim Beek (wim.beek@wur.nl)

Wageningen University, The Netherlands - Professor Michel Nielen

ESR2 will focus on exploring advances in coupling of multiplex ligand binding assays and confirmatory analysis via ambient ionization mass spectrometry. This project will involve DART Orbitrap Bioaffinity Mass Spectrometry and LAESI Qtof Bioaffinity Mass Spectrometry. For further information contact: Professor Michel Nielen (michel.nielen@wur.nl) or Wim Beek (wim.beek@wur.nl)

Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom – Dr Katrina Campbell and Professor Chris Elliott

ESR3 will focus on developing novel smartphone based localised surface plasmon resonance imaging (LSPRi) solutions to the on-site screening of marine biotxins. This project will involve the design and fabrication of a broad range of plasmonic nanoparticles and nanostructures for integration into and LSPRi smartphone platform for real time analysis. For further information contact:  Mrs Joyce Watterson (joyce.watterson@qub.ac.uk)

Ref: 17/105172

Anticipate interview dates: 13 & 14 March 2017

Closing date: Monday 20 February 2017

To apply for this post visit: https://hrwebapp.qub.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=0279847Ykb&WVID=6273090Lgx&LANG=USA

Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom - Dr Cuong Cao and Professor Chris Elliott

ESR4 will focus on the development of a novel smart-phone based system to detect food spoilage organisms. The project will involve the identification and production of binding elements for major food spoilage organisms for integration into a compatible sensing technology based on aggregation of plasmonic nanoparticles. For further information contact:  Mrs Joyce Watterson (joyce.watterson@qub.ac.uk)

Ref: 17/105170

Anticipate interview dates: 13 & 14 March 2017

Closing date: Monday 20 February 2017

To apply for this post visit: https://hrwebapp.qub.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=5862747Ykb&WVID=6273090Lgx&LANG=USA

Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom - Dr Huiyu Zhou and Professor Chris Elliott

ESR5 will focus on the development of user friendly image data analysis plus Apps for smartphone based diagnostics. This project will involve the translation of ligand binding assay concepts into dedicated image analysis and App requirements for Android and IOS operated smartphones and to develop different application software packages and cloud based web solutions. For further information contact: Dr Huiyu Zhou (h.zhou@ecit.qub.ac.uk)

Ref: 17/105173

Anticipate interview dates: 13 & 14 March 2017

Closing date: Monday 20 February 2017

To apply for this post visit: https://hrwebapp.qub.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=9516947Ykb&WVID=6273090Lgx&LANG=USA

Vysoka Skola Chemicko-Technologicka V Praze (Vscht), Prague, Czech Republic - Dr Monika Tomaniova  and Prof. Jana Hajslova

ESR6 will focus on the development, validation and comparison of a prototype enzyme strip assay on a smartphone for Acetylcholinesterase (AchE) bioactive pesticides and natural ingredients. This project will involve the evaluation of immobilised enzymes for assay development using paper based microfluidics and the comparison of developed methods with GC/MS and LC/MS. For further information contact: Monika Tomaniova (Monika.Tomaniova@vscht.cz) or  Jana Hajslova (Jana.Hajslova@vscht.cz)

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas, Barcelona, Spain  - Professor Pilar Marco

ESR7 will focus on the development of universal multiplex binding assay-on-a-smartphone approach. This project will involve the development and evaluation of DNA addressable arrays on reusable chip platforms for multiplex binding assays with optical smartphone readouts for pesticide targets. For further information contact: Professor Pilar Marco (pilar.marco@cid.csic.es)

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas, Barcelona, Spain  - Professor Pilar Marco

ESR8 will focus on the development of novel electrode arrays on a smartphone for multiplex veterinary drug residue testing in foods. This project will involve the evaluation of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) based sensors detection concept with multiplex ligand binding assays and comparing with other methods. For further information contact: Professor Pilar Marco (pilar.marco@cid.csic.es)

Linkopings Universitet, Linköping, Sweden - Prof. Daniel Filippini

ESR9 will focus on assessing the feasibility of lab-on-a-chip devices for smartphone imaging surface plasmon resonance (iSPR) detection for food quality and safety targets. This project will involve the development of low cost advanced reusable accessories to temporarily transform smartphones into iSPR analytical instruments and the use of 3D printing techniques to  customise chips and disposable coupling optics  For further information contact: Prof. Daniel Filippini (danfi@ifm.liu.se)

Aquamarijn Micro Filtration Bv, Zutphen, The Netherlands– Prof. Cees Van Rijn and Jacob Baggerman

ESR10 will focus on the development of novel non-fouling bioaffinity micro-sieves for integrated sample preparation techniques. This project will involve the design and characterisation of novel surface chemistries for non-fouling micro-sieve materials using XPS, SEM and AFM and evaluate their applicability in testing.For further information contact: Prof. Cees Van Rijn (ceesvanrijn@aquamarijn.nl) or  Dr Jacob Baggerman (jacobbaggerman@aquamarijn.nl)

CSEM - Centre Suisse D'electronique Et De Microtechnique Sa - Recherche Et Developpement, Neuchâtel, Switzerland– Silvia Generelli

ESR11 will focus on the development of an aptamer based smartphone prototype for aflatoxin testing in milk and cereals. This project will involve the production and immobilisation of aptamer based probes for detecting aflatoxins using an electrochemical assay and show its applicability in milk and cereals. For further information contact: Silvia Generelli (Silvia.GENERELLI@csem.ch)

 


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