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Position as a PhD Student in Environmental Chemistry (ESR6)

The Department of Environmental Chemistry of IDÆA-CSIC and the NaToxAq Marie-Curie Initial Training Network offer a position as a

PhD Student in Environmental Chemistry

Topic: Natural Toxins and Drinking Water Quality – From Source to Tap
Project title: Origin and release of cyanotoxins in surface water reservoirs (ESR6)

The PhD student hosted at the Dept. of Environmental Chemistry of the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research IDÆA-CSIC in Barcelona, Spain, will develop sensitive and robust analytical methods for the determination and research of cyanotoxins and their degradation products in water reservoirs. The PhD also will apply immunochemical methods for the high-throughput screening of cyanotoxins in surface water, and process water. The methods will be used to study the temporal and spatial variation in formation of cyanotoxins and degradation products in different regions of Europe.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in environmental sciences, environmental chemistry or a related field, with substantial knowledge of analytical chemistry. Fluency in English (working language), creativity and initiative are critical requirements. For further information about the fellowship please contact the principle supervisors: Dra. Marinella Farré (IDAEA-CSIC) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Dr. Oscar Núñez (Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This PhD scholarship is part of the NaToxAq Network Work. Research stays at partner institutions (secondment) up to 6 mths is mandatory in the project and possible laboratories and institutions include: University of Barcelona (UB), Spain (Prof. Oscar Núñez Burcio); Helmholtz-Zentrum Fuer Umweltforschung Gmbh (UFZ), Germany (Prof. Werner Brack); Veolia Water Technologies (VEOLIA), Denmark (Dr. Liselotte Clausen); and Aigües de Barcelona (AB), Spain, (Dr. MªRosa Boleda), 

Formal requirements and eligibility 
At the time of commencement, it is required that the candidates have not been awarded a doctorate degree and are within the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. Furthermore, the candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of employment (Spain) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. 

Duration of employment
The period of appointment for the Early-Stage Researcher is 36 months, starting 1 April 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. The PhD enrolment will be at the University of Barcelona, Martí i Franquès 1-11, Barcelona, Spain. 


All fellows will receive a contract of employment for the relevant period of their appointment, which will include applicable benefits in the host country. All fellows will complete a comprehensive personalised career development programme, with targeted training measures and participate in a range of network events. Fellows will benefit from interdisciplinary cooperation and interaction within the network, providing them with the best preparation for a successful career in either academia or industry. 

Marie Curie Fellowships for Early-Stage Researchers provide salaries in line with H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015. Additional allowances for mobility, travel and career development are also provided. 

Experience and mobility conditions
To be eligible, applicants for Early-Stage Researcher fellowships must have no PhD and less than 4 years full-time equivalent research experience from the award of the degree which entitles them to undertake a doctorate. Applicants can be any nationality but at the time of selection must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g., work or studies) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the starting date of the fellowship. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

The eligibility requirements for Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowships are non-negotiable and ineligible applicants will not be considered. Further information and the full terms and conditions regarding eligibility are provided on http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about-msca/actions/itn/index_en.htm

Application process

Candidates should provide the following information in their application in English: 
Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project. Please indicate if you have applied for other NaToxAq PhD fellowships (if yes, which)

A 1-page proposal for research activities to pursue in the PhD study program

A detailed CV including technical and analytical skills and publications if applicable

All academic level certificates (BSc and MSc) including university grades itemized by each course. Foreign documents should be sent as certified English translations.

A synopsis (abstract) of the BSc and MSc thesis if applicable, or any previous research project

1-3 professional referees (Name, address, telephone & email)

The closing date for applications is 15th December 2016 and application received after this date will not be considered.

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