ALLIANCE training opportunities

The ALLIANCE “training opportunities” contain various offers from all ALLIANCE partners: research positions, job opportunities and internships especially related to the field of blue biotechnology and blue economy.

ASSEMBLE PLUS: offering access to marine research infrastructures

New funding call provides researchers with free access to marine biological stations
The EU-funded ASSEMBLE Plus project (www.assembleplus.eu) is pleased to announce its fourth call for access to many of Europe’s key marine biological stations. Requests for on-site access will be evaluated on specified cut-off-dates and remote access will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Next deadline for application submission: June 21, 2019 h. 23.59 (UTC+01:00).

Read below what ASSEMBLE Plus offers for your project and then submit your proposal!
Many researchers have already used the Transnational Access in previous calls. Get inspired with their success stories!

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ESCO European occupations knowledge and skills database

ESCO (European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations) is the European multilingual classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations.  

ESCO works as a dictionary, describing, identifying and classifying professional occupations, skills, and qualifications relevant for the EU labour market and education and training.  Those concepts and the relationships between them can be understood by electronic systems, which allows different online platforms to use ESCO for services like matching jobseekers to jobs on the basis of their skills, suggesting trainings to people who want to reskill or upskill etc.

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Two PhD Scholarships in Circular Economy (European Horizon 2020 Project "REFLOW")

The "REFLOW" project mission is to support the development of cities that are regenerative and adopt circular economy (CE) practices, through the delocalisation of production and the reconfiguration of material flows. REFLOW explores CE innovation using a digital and physical network of makerspaces and other grass-root organisations in six pilot cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Cluj-Napoca, Milan, Paris, and Vejle. The project will provide guidance for public and private sector organizations on how to create favourable conditions for the adoption of CE practices.

Course on Marine Natural Products (MNPs Toolbox)

The course on Marine Natural Products Toolbox (MNPs Toolbox) is divided into three modules:
-Module 1: Microorganisms as tools in marine biotechnology
-Module 2: Methods used in marine biotechnology
-Module 3: Activity assessment

Course on Marine Natural Products

The course on Marine Natural Products enables the students to gain basic knowledge about the significance of marine environment as a source of organisms and biomolecules of high biotechnological and pharmaceutical potential. In an easy and illustrative manner, subsequent steps of the drug development process, from organism to product, will be presented. Students will learn about alternative methods which ensure the supply of sufficient amount of material for product commercialization. Then, a wide variety of biotechnological and pharmaceutical applications as value added products will be demonstrated. Students will gain knowledge about the size of MNPs global market and the trends in its development. They will also learn about the major drivers and bottlenecks determining the development of marine biotechnology sector.

Blue Bio Value acceleration program is back for the second edition

Blue Bio Value is a business accelerator program dedicated to blue bioeconomy  seeking innovative projects that represent a business opportunity along the value chain of marine bioresources, including, but not limited to, biotechnology based projects.
Applications are open until 21st June 2019!
What do startups get from the program?
· 5-week program (8 bootcamps) with world class mentors, talks, workshops, fieldtrips and networking events between October and November in Portugal
· Financial support for travelling and accommodation up to €7,500
· Final Pitch Day with prize to winner(s) up to €45,000
Apply on bluebiovalue.pt.
Blue Bio Value is promoted by  Oceano Azul Foundation and  Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, organized by Fábrica de Startups, in collaboration with  BlueBio Alliance and  Faber Ventures.

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Blue Biotechnology Advanced Tools E-learning Course

Registrations for the “Blue Biotechnology Advanced Tools” e-Learning course, promoted by CIIMAR through the BLUEandGREEN project, are open!

This course will include 4 key areas of the biotechnology pipeline, allowing a comprehensive overview of the process of discovery of new molecules and bioactivities. It has a module on genomics applications to biotechnology, allowing to understand the processes of gene mining and biosynthetic pathway analysis. Screening for the discovery of compounds with a diverse array of bioactivies is the focus of another module that will allow to highlight valuable extracts for compound isolation. Another module will focus on isolation and structure elucidation of novel marine compounds approaching the most modern chemical techniques. A final module on high-throughtput screening and its applications allows a state-of-the art approach to the advanced processes of drug discovery.

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FACE-TO-FACE TRAINING COURSE 

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) were originally developed to grow freshwater species and produce marine juveniles. However, RAS technology has increasingly been used for the on-growing of a wide variety of sh (including marine species) and shell sh. RAS can be operated irrespective of the target temperature and salinity, and the annual production capacity of some industrial systems can now amount to thousands of tons.

As part of this course, leading experts in RAS technology will present the principles and concepts in RAS and discuss the operation of conventional and ‘ecosystem approach’-based RAS. Participants will gain an understanding of the principles of recirculation technology, the types of RAS and their speci cities, capabilities and limitations, the advantages and necessary conditions for the optimal use / operation of RAS, and the ongoing research which can increase its ef ciency and nutrient use.

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Life Cycle Assessment - 18 - 22 March 2019

To build understanding of life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology developed in the Life Cycle Thinking module by providing more in-depth training on LCA methodology and practical experience of doing a LCA. Students will be encouraged to take ENGM058 Life Cycle Thinking module.

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BONUS training

Unique workshop for young scientists at the 12th Baltic Sea Science Congress, 19 August 2019, Stockholm: Baltic Sea Science Congress (BSSC) and BONUS welcome young scientists to take part in a session led by the world renowned marine science communication trainer Nancy Baron of COMPASS.
 
Register to the workshop now to develop your skills and get to know your peers already at the very start of the BSSC week! This BONUS training is available for all Baltic Sea young scientists free-of-charge incl. afternoon snacks!
 
PLEASE NOTE that you must register separately to BSSC (19-23 Aug 19)!

Assemble Plus opens the next call

ASSEMBLE Plus integrates 32 marine biological research stations from various regions and offer transnational access to these stations for people coming from other organisations. ASSEMBLE Plus will provide scientists from academic, industry and policy with a quality-assured program of transnational access and virtual access to marine biological research facilities, historical observation data, and advanced training opportunities.

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Inclusive aquaculture development

Small-scale aquaculture producers can access inputs, improve production and connect successfully with more remunerative markets by means of collective actions. This course will focus on empowerment and professionalization of fish farmers’ business organisations, with responsible and inclusive growth of the aquaculture sector as main objective.

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Master of Science Aquaculture at Rostock University

The master's course Aquaculture is a science orientated university program with a duration of two years, where core competences of marine fish aquaculture, sea-ranching and the aquaculture of algae is taught. Further, knowledge in economical sciences, fishing, nature conservation legislations and the construction of technical facilities is impaired. Thus, the students are enabled to work on complex problems that occur in the development and application of Aquaculture.

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Two Ph.D. positions at University of Gdansk (Poland)

Job title: PhD Student
Number of posts: 1
Unit name: Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG & MUG, Medical University of Gdańsk,
Link to the website of the unit: www.biotech.ug.edu.pl, www.gumed.edu.pl

Requirements:

A master degree in chemistry, biotechnology, biomedical sciences or related fields.
The qualification for being enrolled in a Polish PhD program.
The experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetic engineering, microbiology.
Additional advantage will be the experience in the laboratory work related to the isolation of nucleic acids, PCR related techniques, molecular cloning, bioinformatics analyses.
Very good written and oral communication skills in English.
Good presentation skills.
Ability of independent planning and implementing experiments; self-motivation and responsibility.

Task Description:

The PhD student will take part in the implementation of the research project "Social behaviour of Bacillus subtilis and Dickeya solani" under the supervision of Prof. Michał Obuchowski in the OPUS 15 program (2019-2021). The main tasks of the PhD student will be obtaining mutants (B. subtilis and D. solani) unable to show typical behavior observed in the presence of other species. The responsible genes need to be identified, cloned and if possible their protein product characterized biochemically.

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Job title: PhD Student
Number of posts: 1
Unit name: Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG & MUG, Medical University of Gdańsk,
Link to the website of the unit: www.biotech.ug.edu.pl, www.gumed.edu.pl

Requirements:

A master degree in chemistry, biotechnology, biomedical sciences or related fields.
The qualification for being enrolled in a Polish PhD program.
The experience in protein biochemistry, proteomics, mass spectrometry.
Additional advantage will be the experience in laboratory work related to the preparation of samples for proteomic analyses using MALDI and ESI techniques, liquid chromatography, methods of proteolytic digestion; experience in handling mass spectrometers such as MALDI, ESI-Q-TOF; bioinformatics skills.
Very good written and oral communication skills in English.
Good presentation skills.
Ability of independent planning and implementing experiments; self-motivation and responsibility.

Task description:

The PhD student will take part in the implementation of the research project "Social behaviour of Bacillus subtilis and Dickeya solani" under the supervision of Prof. Michał Obuchowski in the OPUS 15 program (2019-2021). The main task of the PhD student will the identification of factors secreted by investigated bacteria using imaging mass spectrometry (IMS). This will include preparation of the samples for IMS analysis, handling of mass spectrometers, in particular MALDI TOF/TOF, conducting MALDI imaging and analysis of obtained data.

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Ingredients from new biomasses and by-products

A new course will enable students at the Technical University of Denmark to extract extra value from the food industry's by-products by creating new, sustainable ingredients.

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Internship: Single cell observation of bacterial gene expression during mollusc infection by a marine pathogen

Microbial-host relationship is composed of a multitude of interactions occurring at the microscopic scale. Recent fluorescence microscopy approaches shed new light on the bacterial life style during infection, where division of labour triggers phenotypic heterogeneity, each subpopulation performing a different task to optimize colonization of the host. However, these observations are rare, and mostly confined within mammal pathogens. The aim of this study will be to fill the gap, exploring for the first time the expression of virulence genes of a marine pathogen of mollusc at the single cell level.

Specifically, a strain of Vibrio harveyi infecting the abalone Haliotis tubercultata will be genetically modified to contain a reporter gene, allowing the expression of specific genes to be followed by fluorescence microscopy. The student will develop a protocol to construct such bioreporters, using mini-transposons or replicative plasmids. Bioreporters will be tested in vitro, ex vivo using haemocyte primocultures and then in vivo during abalone infection, and bacteria will be observed by epifluorescence microscopy. The student will also explore the expression of virulence gene during micro-habitat colonisation (gill, heart and foot tissues, haemolymph…).

This project combines microbiology, molecular biology and microscopy, and will help better understanding the principles driving the virulence of marine pathogens.

Necessary skills: Strong microbiology knowledge

Desirable knowledge: molecular biology, microscopy

Minimal duration of the internship: 5 months

Further readings:

Highly variable individual donor cell fates characterize robust horizontal gene transfer of an integrative and conjugative element (Delavat et al. PNAS 2016)

A functional perspective on phenotypic heterogeneity in microorganisms (Ackermann, Nature Microbiology Reviews 2015)

Heterogeneous host-pathogen encounters: Act locally, Think globally (Bumann, Cell Host and Microbe 2015)

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Professeur Claire Hellio
Directrice Adjointe du Département Biologie
Directrice de la plateforme de Bioprospection Biodimar
Laboratoire LEMAR
Rue Dumont d'Urville
29280 Plouzané
tel: 02 98 49 86 82 ou 02 98 01 66 50

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PowerAlgae is looking for partners in the Horizon 2020 calls

Power Algae Ltd. - a cleantech company from Estonia, specialized in developing technology for CO2 sequestration with microalgae - is willing to join a consortium in the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls. They look for collaboration partners across the whole microalgae value chain. Their main academic R&D partners - Estonian University of Life Sciences and the University of Tartu can be potential partners as well. Liina Joller-Vahter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) from Power Algae would be happy to come in contact with academic and research institutions to discuss collaboration possibilities.

More info about Power Algae: https://www.submariner-network.eu/projects/balticbluebioalliance/alliance-cases/power-algae

Invitation to stakeholders from MARISTEM action (COST programme)

This COST action for cooperation in Science and Technologies fosters scientific collaborative interdisciplinary research in Marine and aquatic invertebrate stem cell (MISC) biology (www.maristem.eu). Bioresources originating from marine invertebrates are a rich source of new products of commercial value that can find a wide range of applications. In addition, marine organisms and their cells are used to study the impact of environmental stressors. In the emerging discipline of Marine biotechnology (Blue Technology), developing novel MISC tools and methodologies is of prime interest in biomedical and biotech disciplines. As mammalian stem cell-related technologies opened in the last decade unexpected fields of applications, breakthrough in MISC research will also lead to valuable biotechnological applications.

Join the next general meeting to present the current needs in your sector and to discuss with the scientific MARISTEM community how MISC technology can meet your expectations.

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Visit marine biological research stations across Europe

The 2nd call for the Assemble plus Transnational Access Programme is now open. Assemble plus integrates 32 marine biological research stations from various regions and offer transnational access to these stations for people coming from other organisations. 
ASSEMBLE Plus will provide scientists from academic, industry and policy with a quality-assured program of transnational access (TA) and virtual access (VA) to marine biological research facilities, historical observation data, and advanced training opportunities.

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GEOMAR: Early Stage Researcher (ESR) - PhD position

PhD position at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (ESR5): Enhanced chemical diversity of antibiotic molecules from extremophilic microorganisms monitored by metabolomics and chemical imaging.

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PhD-student to project FNP Team

The goal of this project is elucidation how, depending on conditions, proteases are structurally and spatially regulated to degrade essential replication proteins. The research will concentrate on bacterial Lon protease and its phosphate containing cofactors, contributing to the protease activities. By applying in vitro and in vivo experiments, including real-time, single-molecule and single-cell analysis with a variety of Lon proteins, substrates and cofactors, we expect to describe substrate-specific effects on Lon, and relate them to growth conditions. The cutting-edge techniques will be utilized for the description of the structure of Lon complexes. The research on molecular mechanisms of fundamental processes in bacteria is required due to the growing threat arising from the multidrug-resistant bacterial strains. Our goal is to provide data on Lon as a new target for new antimicrobial strategies based on the protease activity control. The project will be conducted with international collaboration of TEAM partners.

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Master student in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is looking for a position connected to the algal biorefinery

Isabel Pol Segura has recently finished her master thesis related to the enzymatical extraction of alginate from brown algae in order to use it as a gelling agent in different applications (pharma, food etc). She has also been working in the biofuels sector, performing a study of enhancing the biogas production from manure by adding different ratios of glycerol. Currently she is looking for a position connected to the algal biorefinery.

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Life Sciences Baltics 2018 Startup Masterclasses

Life Sciences Baltics 2018 Startup Masterclasses are two day long intensive training course tailored for life science startups in the Baltics.

Registration is open till 1st of August.

Participants of the Masterclasses get:

  • 2 free tickets to the Life Sciences Baltics event
  • Invitation to Life Sciences Baltics Welcome Reception on 25 September
  • Invitation to Life Sciences Baltics Gala Dinner on 26 September

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Post doctor in co-cultivation of seaweeds with bivalves

SWEMARC (Swedish Mariculture Research Centre) seeks a dedicated postdoctoral fellow who can drive the research on co-cultivation of seaweeds with bivalves in land-based systems. The major focus will be on seaweeds. Specific research questions are e.g. how different seaweed species co-cultivated with bivalves respond in terms of growth and chemical composition and understanding the genetic basis of phenotypic responses. In collaboration with other ongoing projects biological and technical aspects of new and innovative cultivation techniques will also be investigated. The overall aim of the project is to improve the production and content of high-value compounds of tank-cultivated seaweeds.

The post doc will work in close collaboration with PhD students and senior scientists at Tjärnö. The postdoc will mainly be responsible for designing/performing manipulative cultivation experiments, chemical analysis (in collaboration with other team members and project partners), data analysing and writing manuscripts. The work will be based on Tjärnö Marine Laboratory at the University of Gothenburg outside Strömstad

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Post doctor in cultivation of extractive species in integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA)

The interdisciplinary research center SWEMARC, Swedish Mariculture Research Centre, at Sea and Society at the University of Gothenburg invites applications for a post doctor at the Department of Marine Sciences.

SWEMARC seeks a dedicated postdoctoral fellow who can drive the research on using seaweeds and bivalves as extractive species. The work is part of the EHFF funded project “Circular Marine IMTA” focusing on development of new sustainable aquaculture techniques on the Swedish Westcoast. Circular Marine IMTA is a collaborative project between department of marine sciences, department of biological and environmental sciences and two private companies: Scanfjord AB, Mollösund and Akvafuture A/S (www.akvafuture.com), Brønnøysund.

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Certificate of Excellence in Research Infrastructure Leadership

To operate optimally, it is most important that a research infrastructure as a whole, rather than few individuals within it, has the right combination of competencies. It may therefore be more appropriate, especially in the context of the less mature research infrastructures, for management teams to work together within the Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructure.

We offer Research Infrastructures the option to enter the programme as an organisation and split the 12 modules among staff members according to their organisational needs. This option is not covered by a Master certificate.

The Research Infrastructure will be awarded with a Certificate of Excellence in Research Infrastructure Leadership, flagging it as an organisation that values staff development, thereby enhancing its attractiveness as an employer.

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Executive Director of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre

Required qualifications & competences:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in science (preferentially in marine or related sciences), business or engineering;
  • five years of project and management experience in the science and innovation domain, preferably in an international context;
  • demonstrated ability to lead professional staff, and engage effectively with broad array of individuals;
  • an international interdisciplinary science and stakeholder network;
  • demonstrated experience in budget management and a proven fundraising record (research grants, contracts with the private sectors...);
  • demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders;
  • project and organizational management experience
  • excellent communications and public relations skills;
  • proficiency in at least two European languages including excellent spoken and written English.

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Postdoctoral researcher, Valorization of natural ingredients in food, nutraceutical and cosmetic pro

About the workplace

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services based on best available scientific knowledge to our customers. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services. Natural Resources Institute Finland is one of the four Statistical Authorities in Finland.

Work tasks

The postdoctoral researcher position covers the valorization of raw materials and side streams from food system, with an aim for value added applications from plant and marine based natural ingredients. The research focus is on assessing the functionality and feasibility of the natural ingredients in product concepts. Special emphasis is on high nutritional and functional quality of the end products.

Qualifications

Success in the position requires a doctoral degree in biotechnology, food technology or related field. Experience in food product development is highly appreciated. Luke is looking for an innovative expert who has skills to further develop Luke's expertise in the area of food processing and product development.

We expect the candidate to be highly committed to science and capable of conducting independent research in the appropriate field of the position. She/he should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English and good collaboration skills for working in a (multidisciplinary) team. The candidate should also be skilled in writing scientific publications and communicating the research results.

The person to be appointed to the postdoctoral researcher position should have completed his/her doctoral degree within the past four years (excluding maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service). A doctoral degree must be completed at the time of accepting the position. The vacancy is initially for 2 years with a possibility of 1 year continuation (2+1).

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Postdoctoral researcher, Societal challenges in fisheries

About the workplace

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services based on best available scientific knowledge to our customers. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services. Natural Resources Institute Finland is one of the four Statistical Authorities in Finland.

Work tasks

The postdoctoral researcher will study the current and future societal challenges of commercial fisheries in Finland. There are three intertwined focus areas in the work: (i) institutional analysis of current fisheries policies, (ii) assessment of the economic and social consequences of environmental and fisheries policies on fishing as a livelihood, and (iii) proposal for the development of institutional arrangements and consequent policies.

Qualifications

We expect a PhD degree in a relevant field (e.g. policy sciences, social sciences, administrative sciences, law) and preferably experience in applied research on natural resource use, fisheries and rural livelihoods. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to apply the appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative research methods to study commercial fisheries in Finland. We expect the candidate to be highly committed to science and capable of conducting independent research in the appropriate field of the position. She/he should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English and good collaboration skills for working in a (multidisciplinary) team. The candidate should also be skilled in writing scientific publications and communicating the research results.

The person to be appointed to the postdoctoral researcher position should have completed his/her doctoral degree within the past four years (excluding maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service). A doctoral degree must be completed at the time of accepting the position. The vacancy is initially for 2 years with a possibility of 1 year continuation (2+1).

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Postdoctoral researcher, Novel methods for the management of threatened fish populations

About the workplace

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services based on best available scientific knowledge to our customers. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services. Natural Resources Institute Finland is one of the four Statistical Authorities in Finland.

Work tasks

The postdoctoral research position focuses on the development of novel, practical methods in hatchery processes to produce viable fish for supplementary stocking, rewilding domesticated hatchery fish stocks and to enhance fish habitats in nature. In addition, the target of the studies is to discover methods for decreasing possible negative effects of fisheries-induced evolution on wild fish populations.

Qualifications

Success in the position requires a doctoral degree in fisheries or aquatic sciences. The applicant should have in-depth knowledge of fish biology, population and fisheries management modelling, as well as ecological experiments. We expect the candidate to be highly committed to science. An innovative approach, collaborative skills as a research team member, the capability of utilizing up-to-date statistical methods for experimentation, publishing in high-quality scientific journals and communicating the research results are required prerequisites for achieving success.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to be capable of conducting independent research in the appropriate field of the position and also actively collaborate with national and international research partners, and stimulate the active use of research results by stakeholders. She/he should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English.

The person to be appointed to the postdoctoral researcher position should have completed his/her doctoral degree within the past four years (excluding maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service). A doctoral degree must be completed at the time of accepting the position. The vacancy is initially for 2 years with a possibility of 1 year continuation (2+1).

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UGent Blue Growth Summerschool, 10 - 21 September 2018

→   A Master or PhD student in engineering, bio-engineering, geography, or marine biology?

→   Passionate about exploring the challenging role of oceans and seas in our future society?

→   Excited about marine and maritime sciences, business development & entrepeneurship?

→   Fascinated by looking across disciplines?

→   Up for fun with international students in an enchanting Belgian coastal city?

Then, join the third edition of the Blue Growth Summer School

When - where?

The course will take place at GreenBridge, UGent Campus Ostend in Belgium from 10 - 21 September 2018.

Target audience

The course is designed for Master and PhD students. Engineers, bio-engineers, geographers and marine biologists are welcome to subscribe however essential for enrolment is the demonstration of experience in marine and maritime projects.

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GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel - Masters level (MSc in Biological Oceanography) courses:

  • MNF-Bioc-274: New Trends in Marine Biodiscovery (Summer semester elective seminar course) 2 ECTS
  • MNF-Bioc-260: Marine Biodiscovery & Biotechnology (2 weeks elective full-day block practical course) 5 ECTS

For more information please contact: Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BIOPRO World Talent Campus

Every year we invite research talents from all over the world for a competition across disciplines. Registration is now open. Deadline 8 April 2018!

The World Talent Campus is an advanced one-week course at PhD level, where students will learn and be challenged with cutting edge knowledge within biotechnology manufacturing. The course will focus on bioprocess monitoring and optimization, by addressing e.g. online measurement techniques, development and implementation of sensors in large-scale facilities, chemometrics as well as soft sensors based on mechanistic models. The course will also include social events and teambuilding activities in order to foster the creation of a global network.

25 PhD or Master students working in the field of biotechnology manufacturing, from 20 selected universities around the world, will participate. 

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YAS 2018 

The fourth edition of the Young Algaeneers Symposium (YAS 2018) is a symposium designed and organised by young scientists for young scientists, addressing all aspects of algal (both micro and macro) research and technology.  Masters and PhD students, as well as early-stage Post-Docs working on microalgae (cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae) and seaweeds are encouraged to participate and contribute to YAS2018 and further develop the growing young algal researcher network.  Young Algaeneers from the private sector are welcome to apply too! This year, our event will be hosted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS, Oban from May 16th to 18th) as part of the joint event Algal Research for Policy-Making and Biotech (ARPMB).

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ALFF Conference

Algal Research for Policy-Making and Biotech (ARPMB) provides an international forum for communicating recent advances in algal research and for promoting the link between science, policy and biotechnology. Addressing both academia and industry, this conference offers a unique opportunity for delegates to exchange information and ideas as part of an interdisciplinary audience.

Given our vision to promote algal research and innovation with emphasis on their applicability in various areas of policy and industry, our aim is to bring together people with this joint event comprising:

  • The Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) Algal Microbiome: Friends and Foes (ALFF)
  • The Young Algaeneers Symposium (YAS 2018).
  • The RCUK Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) project GlobalSeaweedSTAR
  • The Horizon 2020 Blue growth project GENetic diversity exploitation for Innovative macro-ALGal biorefinery (GENIALG)

In addition to the scientific conference, the ALFF consortium will deliver a course on Biomonitoring and Science communication aimed at policy-makers, and the private sector in the context of algal research and biotechnology.

ARPMB will be organised and hosted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban - a charming town on the west coast of Scotland and gateway to the Scottish Hebridean islands. A location with staggering natural beauty and rich cultural history spanning back to the Mesolithic times.

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 ASSEMBLE Plus

Assemble plus integrates 32 marine biological research stations (including the Lovén Centre at Gothenburg university) from various regions and offer transnational access to these stations for people coming from other organisations.

ASSEMBLE Plus will provide scientists from academic, industry and policy with a quality-assured program of transnational access (TA) and virtual access (VA) to marine biological research facilities, historical observation data, and advanced training opportunities.

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New interdisciplinary master courses about the sea and society

The University of Gothenburg offers two new interdisciplinary courses at master’s level. In 2019, the University of Gothenburg will start a new international, interdisciplinary master program (Master in Sea and Society) for students that want a broad marine education as training for a career in marine/maritime industry, marine authorities, environmental courts and multidisciplinary marine sciences. The two first courses of the program are now available as individual courses for the fall semester of 2018.

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SAMS

SAMS provides a Blue Biotechnology Masters module as part of an Industrial Biotechnology Master run through the University of Strathclyde. It is taught short and fat over one week at SAMS with course work set before the course begins and has an algal focus. Michele Stanley could provide more details if necessary. 

MBT ERANET

The Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET has listed the existing operational programs within a marine biotechnology context, including fundamental knowledge on integrative biology of marine organisms and biotechnology exploitation. The mapping results have been integrated into the MarineTraining.eu platform, an open-source service developed in the framework of the EMBRC activities of Belgium/Flanders.

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Applications for CBB Innovation Bursaries

Calling all EC funded researchers & projects working across the Bioeconomy. Here’s your chance to apply for one of the CommBeBiz Innovation Bursaries to support your research journey to social, commercial and/or policy innovation.

The type of innovation should fall into the following categories:

  • social
  • commercial
  • technological
  • policy (if complementary to one of the above-mentioned categories)

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EMBRIC: trainings in the fields of discovery and development of marine natural products

The discovery, development and exploitation of marine derived products for research and commercial development requires a skilled workforce to:

  1. select, harvest and manipulate resources
  2. treat the generated data and foster new technologies
  3. retrieve the economic potential
  4. overcome current and future interconnectivity barriers.

Therefore, the European Marine Biological Resource Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC) brings together and creates innovative training to meet the workforce requirements to foster innovation in marine biotechnology.

Hereunder is a non-exhaustive overview of existing trainings in the fields of discovery and development of marine natural products and marker-assisted selection in aquaculture from within and outside the participating Research Infrastructure (RI) and associated centers of excellence.

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New Erasmus + Call for proposals under Key Action 3

The overall objectives of the call are, on the one hand, to increase the employability of young people and to contribute to the development of a highly skilled, qualified and mobile workforce from which companies should also benefit and, on the other hand, to support joint developments in VET in Europe and strengthen overall its quality, relevance and attractiveness.

The partnership must be composed of partners from at least two different Erasmus+ programme countries (at least one of which must be a Member State of the European Union).  Moreover, the partnership shall include at least three partners, including the two following organisations:

  • a VET provider (at upper secondary, post-secondary non-tertiary or tertiary level),
  • an enterprise (public or private) or a chamber of industry, trade and crafts or a sectoral/professional organisation.

Activities must start between 1 September 2018 and 1 November 2018.  The duration of the projects is 24 months. 

Beneficiaries should undertake the two main following activities:

Design or improve a joint qualification in VET, aimed at responding to concrete skill needs in the countries with mandatory partners, with a view to its recognition as qualification in each of these countries. 

Set up new sustainable cooperation structures to ensure transparency, comparability, appropriate quality assurance systems and mutual recognition of qualifications, whilst making existing engagement more systematic and targeted. 

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at a maximum of 6 million EUR.  The maximum EU co-financing rate will be 80 %. Each grant will amount between 200 000 EUR and 500 000 EUR.  It is expected to fund around 20 proposals.

Applications must be submitted no later than 31 January 2018, 12.00 noon (Brussels time). 

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Professional courses in English from DTI

They offer courses, educations and conferences in Taastrup, Aarhus, Aalborg, Odense and Copenhagen. The 300 different instructors cover a wide range of subjects, like IT, leadership and management, communication, sales and marketing, HR, law and economy etc.

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Transnational Access in EMBRIC

The EMBRIC Transnational Access (TA) program supports research projects in marine biotechnology. It provides researchers from academia and industry with access to Research services for marine biotech at its partner institutes (Access Providers) to enable them to carry out their research projects on marine organisms.

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The SUBMARINER Network is a flagship project of the EUSBSR

 The SUBMARINER Network is a flagship project of the EUSBSR