12 PhD positions for the development of yeast-based solutions for Sustainable Aviation Fuels with the MSCA-DN YAF

Predoctorales / Contrato
Del 01/02/2024 al 29/02/2024
As reported in the MSCA Work Programme (salario bruto anual)
Descripción de la oferta

Twelve (12) PhD positions are offered for a duration of 36 months:
DC1 – SAF intermediates production (FA) from short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) (IMDEA Energy, Spain)
DC2 – SAF intermediates production from sugars (CIEMAT, Spain)
DC3 – A highly multiplexed CRISPR platform for the production of SAF in Y. lipolytica (Imperial College London, UK)
DC4 – Design of improved SAF blends using synthetic microbial communities and division of labour (Imperial College London, UK)
DC5 – SAF production from residues with newly obtained R. toruloide (TUT, Estonia)
DC6 – Advancing Debaryomyces hansenii for production of SAF precursors from algal biomass in open fermentations (DTU, Denmark)
DC7 – Direct selective catalytic conversion of FA/terpenes to SAF (ABO, Finland)
DC8 – Cascade platform conversion of waste-derived-FA into SAF by one-pot catalytic reaction (CEPSA, Spain)
DC9 – Production of SAF precursors in an industrially relevant environment: Sustainable recovery and downstream processes (BBEPP, Belgium)
DC10 – Modelling, optimization and sustainability assessment of alternative systems for SAF production from waste (IME, Spain)
DC11 – Protein design towards SAF production for R. toruloides (TUT, Estonia)
DC12 –High-thorughput Adaptive Laboratory Evolution for identification and further optimization of alternative yeasts for lipid precursors accumulation using saline residues containing SCFAs and methanol (DTU, Denmark)
YAF DCs will be employed according to the rules for DC in MSCA DNs and the general regulations of each host institution. Main features of the open positions are:
1. A financial package which includes:
– Living allowance.
– Mobility allowance.
– Family allowance (if applicable).
– Employer costs and other deductions will depend on recruiting host and country. Allowances are gross amounts, which means that all compulsory social security contributions (employer and employee), direct taxes, and any other compulsory deductions under national legislation will be deducted from these gross amounts.
2. Enrolment in a PhD program.
3. Shared research and innovative multidisciplinary and multisectoral training by experts and experienced trainers from two sectors (academia and industry).
4. An international, multidisciplinary and intersectorial, custom developed training program (soft skill courses, targeted workshops, social events and networking) that promotes scientific excellence and exploits the expertise and infrastructure present in the consortium.
5. 2 Secondments (1 academic secondment and 1 non-academic secondment) at other institutions within the YAF consortium.
6. Opportunities for participation in national and international meetings.
7. Enlarged professional network and improved future scientific career perspective in academia and industry.

Perfil buscado

We are seeking 12 highly motivated doctoral candidates eager to undertake one of the 12 research projects we are offering in the field of biotechnology and systems analysis for applications in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) under the Horizon Europe MSCA-Doctoral Network (DN) YAF – “Yeast-based solutions for sustainable Aviation Fuels”.
The following MSCA-DN specific eligibility conditions apply:
1. Mobility rule. Not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the
country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately
before the recruitment date.
2. Doctoral Candidate (DC) definition. Be — at the date of recruitment — a doctoral candidate (i.e.
not already in possession of a doctoral degree).
3. Be in position of enrolling in a doctoral programme at the country and meet the specific
eligibility requirements at the hosting institution, if applicable.
4. Other specific criteria of the recruiting host listed on each position

Presentación de solicitudes

Full details about Individual Research Projects, Application Form and submission details can be found in Euraxess (https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/188830).

Only complete applications will be accepted. Candidates applying for more than one position are requested to submit different applications (3 max). The individual DC projects are set to start in June/July 2024 (or earlier if possible for the host institution and the selected candidate).

For any other enquiries, please send an email to info@yaf-project.eu