Funded by the FP7 Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate program: Max-CROP
Five ESR positions of 3 years duration are available with NIAB-Trading, Cambridge, UK within the Max-CROP program, in partnership with Wageningen University and Research Centre (WU), The Netherlands. Each ESR candidate will be registered for a PhD at Wageningen University, where they will carry out 50% of their research, having a PhD supervisor at NIAB and WU. In addition to the 3 year research project each ESR will be enrolled in a program of technical and complementary skills training organised as part of the Max-CROP program.
NIAB-Trading (www.niab.com) is a UK-based SME whose primary purpose is providing excellent, independent science-based research and information to support, develop and promote agriculture and horticulture; helping the industry to fulfil its potential in supplying food and renewable resources, while respecting the natural environment. WU (www.wageningenur.nl/en), founded in 1918 is a world leading education and research centre in agricultural-related sciences, providing PhDs in the fields of life and food science, and natural resources.
The 5 PhD research projects available are:
ESR (1): “Would non-host resistance in barley prove a source of durable, race-nonspecific resistance for wheat”
ESR (2): “Development of wheat varieties with reduced gluten toxicity, increasing safety for celiac disease patients”
ESR (3): “Application of a Multiparent Advanced Generation Intercross (MAGIC) in wheat genetics and breeding”
ESR (4): “Population and pathogenicity dynamics of the Brassica pathogen Verticillium longisporum”
ESR (5): “Emerging plant diseases: reducing the impact of Alternaria species on potato production”
For full ESR project descriptions visit www.niab.com.
We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic researchers with a very high standard of English skills, spoken and written.
All projects are strongly interdisciplinary and require candidate’s with good communication and writing skills. The candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 1 year in the past 3 years, short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. The candidates should not already have a PhD, have a 1st degree which in The Netherlands gives access to a PhD program and must have less than 4 years research experience since completing their qualifying 1st degree. Each ESR will receive a competitive salary and mobility allowance as defined for ESRs by the FP7 Marie Curie, Initial Training Network programs.
Following the European Commission’s Guidelines for Equality between women and men the Max-CROP management team supports the promotion of women in the European Research Area, and encourages applications from women.
To apply, please send by email a cover letter identifying which project/s you are interested in and why, describing your suitability for the position, a detailed CV, and the name and address of two referees to support your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by clicking the APPLY button below,
If you wish to have more details regarding specific ESR projects please send your request to the Max-CROP coordinator Dr Lesley A. Boyd at email@example.com.
The advertisement will remain open until suitable candidates are found. Interviews will be held in Wageningen, The Netherlands, starting early in 2014.