PhD fellowship positions available on the new LegumePlus project

Here is your opportunity to be involved with LegumePlus

Position 1: ESR (PhD) fellowship, ART Switzerland

POSITION NOW TAKEN

Title
 “Grass-Legume Mixtures for Sustainable Forage Production” 100%

Organisation
The Research Station Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART conducts research for an environmental friendly, competitive agriculture. We combine ecology, economy and agricultural technology in an integrated research approach and develop scientific-based decision support for farmers, government authorities and society.
A Ph.D. student position is available in the research group “forage production and grassland”.

Position
Research will be carried out within work package 4 of the EU-FP7 People Programme LegumePlus, which aims to develop seed mixtures and their cultivation techniques for sustainable production of high quality forage. For more information see www://sainfoin.eu. You will concentrate on examining different species combinations in the mixtures with a special focus on the legume Onobrychis viciifolia. Process oriented eco-physiological measurements will focus on productivity, evolution of botanical composition, resistance to weed invasion, and niches of plant species for nutrient uptake (symbiotic nitrogen fixation) helping to explain effects of functional biodiversity. Tasks include planning, establishment and maintenance of field experiments, sample preparation and chemical analyses of plant samples, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation, and publication of results nationally and internationally. In the frame of your Ph.D. project you will have the opportunity for two scientific exchanges with groups from the international network of LegumePlus . You will be expected to participate in 6-monthly meetings and scientific and complementary skills training courses, which will be held in the countries of the different project partners.

Requirements
We are seeking highly motivated, team-oriented candidates with a strong interest in agro-ecological issues. Applicants should hold a master level degree in agronomy, biology or environmental sciences or engineering with excellent grades. Experience in the field of grassland science would be beneficial. Driving license required.
Good knowledge of spoken and written English is required. Good knowledge of German or French are welcome. Due to the regulations of EU-FP7 People Programme: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work , studies, etc) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Conditions
The duration of the position is three years. The salary is according to the guidelines of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network. The work place will be at Swiss Federal Research Station Agroscope ART at Zurich-Affoltern, Switzerland. The project will start in March 2012 (negotiable).

Application
Deadline for application: 15 January 2012. Please mention the keyword “Onobrychis” on your letter of application. Applicants should submit a complete academic record, CV, statement of research interests, copy of certificates, and addresses of 2-3 potential referees to: Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART, Fachgruppe Personal, Thomas Zehnder, Reckenholzstrasse 191, 8046 Zürich, Switzerland or to human_resources@art.admin.ch
For further information please contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Lüscher, head of research group “forage production and grassland”, phone +41 44 377 72 73, e-mail: andreas.luescher@art.admin.ch. (Do not send applications to this e-mail)
 

Position 2: ESR (PhD) fellowship Delley Seeds and Plants Ltd. (DSP) Switzerland

POSITION NOW TAKEN

Title
“Tools for marker assisted improvement of sainfoin” 100%

Forage legumes provide valuable sources of roughage for ruminants and are especially valued for their high content in protein and bioactive compounds such as condensed tannins. The EU-FP7 People Programme LegumePlus aims at optimizing plant polyphenols in legumes for ruminant nutrition focusing on animal health as well as environmental sustainability.

Position
Research will focus on the molecular genetic characterisation of sainfoin (Onobrychis sativa) germplasm, the establishment of a genetic linkage map and the evaluation of marker-trait associations for important agronomical traits as well as tannin content. This work will provide the basis for the development of tools for marker assisted improvement of sainfoin. Work will include the employment of various molecular genetic techniques such as DNA fingerprinting, sequencing and gene expression analysis as well as the assessment of plant phenotypes in the greenhouse and in the field. You will plan and conduct experiments, analyse the data using appropriate statistical methods and publish your results in peer reviewed journals.
In the frame of your Ph.D. project you will work at two different Swiss research institutes and have the opportunity to interact with groups from the international network of LegumePlus . You will be expected to participate in 6-monthly meetings and scientific and complementary skills training courses, which will be held in the countries of the different project partners.

Requirements
We are seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented candidate with a strong interest in molecular plant breeding. Applicants should hold a master level degree in biology, agronomy, or environmental sciences with excellent grades. Affinity for computer-, field- and laboratory work is essential and experience in applied molecular biology and genomics would ideally complement your curriculum.
Teamwork in the group and with international partners requires good knowledge of the English and German (or French) language. Driving license required.
Due to the regulations of EU-FP7 People Programme: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Conditions
The duration of the position is three years. The salary is according to the guidelines of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network. The work place will be at Delley semences et plantes, Delley, Switzerland and at the Swiss Federal Research Station Agroscope ART at Zurich-Affoltern, Switzerland. The project will start in May 2012 (negotiable).

Application
Deadline for application: 15 January 2012. Applicants should submit a complete academic record, CV, statement of research interests, copy of certificates, and addresses of 2-3 potential referees to: thomet@dsp-delley.ch (Ms. Evelyne Thomet, DSP semences et plantes SA)

For further information please contact: Dr. Roland Kölliker, Molecular Ecology, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon, phone +41 44 377 73 45, e-mail: roland.koelliker@art.admin.ch.
 

Position 3:  PhD research student position, INRA France

Title
Ruminant Nutrition

Synergy between bioactive forage legumes to improve digestive efficiency and to reduce
pollutant emissions in ruminants

Institution/host research unit
INRA's mission-oriented research focuses on high-quality and healthy foods, competitive and sustainable agriculture and a better environment. INRA is ranked second in the list of top agricultural research institutes in the world. The host laboratory is the Herbivore
Research Unit (INRA Clermont-Ferrand-Theix, France). The research of this unit aims to develop sustainable farming systems for herbivores.

Position
The PhD student (Early Stage Researcher) will be part of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network, LegumePlus, which will provide multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral research and training activities within Europe on legumes containing bioactives. The objective is
to harness their potential benefits for ruminants and the environment. In particular, the mechanisms by which bioactive forage legumes contribute to improve protein use efficiency, reduce methane gas emissions, and inhibit parasitic worms, will be investigated.
The PhD project aims to (i) determine whether the positive effects of condensed tannins in ensiled sainfoin or lotus and polyphenol oxidase in ensiled red clover on the ensiling process and on in vitro rumen fermentation characteristics are cumulative or not, and (ii) assess
the combining effects of sainfoin or lotus and red clover silages to optimise performances and nitrogen utilisation in sheep. In vivo feeding trials will be carried out to assess animal performances and nitrogen utilization in growing lambs and adult sheep fed with silage
mixtures selected according to the results obtained in vitro. The student will stay at the INRA research centre for most of his/her PhD studies; s/he will participate in 6-monthly network meetings and scientific and complementary skills training
courses, which be held in the countries of the different project partners.

Requirements
The candidate will be highly motivated for research with skills, or at least have a keen interest in animal science, biochemistry and laboratory work. A good knowledge of English and French languages is expected for a good integration at INRA, for exchanges with the partners of the project out of France, for reading the scientific literature, and writing scientific articles.

Conditions
The position will start approximately in June 2012 for three years. The salary is fixed according to the guidelines of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/mariecurieactions/links_en.html).

Application
Candidates must hold a diploma granting access to doctorate studies and must not have resided or carried out their activity in France for more than 12 months during the last three years. In addition, they must have less than 4 years of full-time equivalent research
experience at the time of starting their PhD employment. To apply, send a cover letter explaining your interest in this position, a CV and addresses of two academic references to: Vincent Niderkorn (vincent.niderkorn@clermont.inra.fr)

Application deadline: April 01, 2012.

Position 4:  PhD research student position, ALP Switzerland

Title
"Effect of bioactive forage legumes on meat quality in sheep and milk and cheese quality in dairy cows” 100%.

Organisation
Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux Research Station ALP is a governmental research unit dealing with feed,  livestock (dairy cattle, beef, sheep and pigs) and livestock-source food science. It aims at supporting the consumers’ trust in these foods through establishing and implementing high quality standards.

Position
This PhD position is part of a large EU project called LegumePlus which aims at studying the mechanisms by which bioactive forage legumes i) contribute to better protein use efficiency, ii) reduce methane gas production, iii) improve milk and meat products, and iv) inhibit parasitic worms. Your studies will mainly focus on the relationships between different bioactive forage legumes and quality of milk and cheese by
measuring milk metabolites and technological and sensory parameters of cheese. In addition you will study the effect of bioactive substances on carcass composition, indole and skatole metabolism as well as technological and sensory traits of lamb meat. You will be able to share your knowledge and collaborate with another PhD student at ALP as well as with other PhD students involved in the LegumePlus project from
different European countries.

Requirements
We are seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented candidate with strong interest in product quality and animal nutrition. Applicants should hold a master level degree in animal science or food technology with excellent grades. Affinity for animal trials and laboratory work is essential. Teamwork in the motivated group at ALP and with the international partners as well as writing scientific papers requires good knowledge of the English language. Furthermore, German or French speaking skills would be helpful.

Conditions
The duration of the position is three years with the salary offered according to the EU Marie Curie allowances [41’762 €/year + mobility allowance according to the marital status (700/1’000 €/month)]. You will be based at ALP in Posieux, Switzerland, and enrolled at the ETH Zurich (Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Prof. Michael Kreuzer). Your position requires a 6 months stay at another European Laboratory involved in the LegumePlus
project. Additionally, you have the chance for further education in the frame of your doctorate study (12 ECTS units have to be acquired). The project is intended to start in June 2012 (negotiable).

Application
Deadline for application: March 15, 2012.
Please mention the title of the position you apply for on your letter of application.
Applicants should submit a complete academic record, CV, statement of research interests, copy of certificates and addresses of 2 to 3 potential referees to: Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux, Fachgruppe Human Resources, Sabrina Plumettaz, Postfach 64, Tioleyre 4, 1725 Posieux Switzerland or email to sabrina.plumettaz@alp.admin.chFor further information please contact: Dr. Giuseppe Bee (giuseppe.bee@alp.admin.ch) or Dr. Frigga Dohme-Meier (frigga.dohme-meier@alp.admin.ch). For questions about details of the doctorate study at ETH you may contact Prof. Michael Kreuzer (michael.kreuzer@inw.agrl.ethz.ch).

 

Position 5:  PhD research student position, ALP Switzerland

Title
"Effect of bioactive forage legumes on protein turnover and emission in lambs and dairy cows” 100%.

Organisation
Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux Research Station ALP is a governmental research unit dealing with feed, livestock (dairy cattle, beef, sheep and pigs) and livestock-source food science. It aims at supporting the consumers’ trust in these foods through establishing and implementing high quality standards.

Position
This PhD position is part of a large EU project called LegumePlus which aims at studying the mechanisms by which bioactive forage legumes i) contribute to better protein use efficiency, ii) reduce methane gas production, iii) improve milk and meat products, and iv) inhibit parasitic worms. In your PhD project, you will evaluate the efficacy of different bioactive forages on protein turnover and nitrogen emission in lambs and dairy cows by carrying out metabolic feeding trials and determine the in vitro methane production potential of these plants using the Rumen Simulation Technique (RUSITEC). Methane measurements in sheep are envisaged for a later part of the project. You will be able to share your knowledge and collaborate with another PhD student at ALP as well as with PhD students involved in the LegumePlus project from different European countries.

Requirements
We are seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented candidate with strong interest in animal nutrition. Applicants should hold a master level degree in animal science with excellent grades. Affinity for animal trials and laboratory work is essential. Teamwork in the motivated group at ALP and with the international partners as well as writing scientific papers requires good knowledge of the English language. Furthermore, German or French speaking skills would be helpful.

Conditions
The duration of the position is three years with the salary offered according to the EU Marie Curie allowances *41’762 €/year + mobility allowance according to the marital status (700/1’000 €/month)+. You will be based at ALP in Posieux, Switzerland, and enrolled at the ETH Zurich (Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Prof. Michael Kreuzer). Your position requires a 6 months stay at another European Laboratory involved in the LegumePlus
project. Additionally, you have the chance for further education in the frame of your doctorate study (12 ECTS units have to be acquired). The project is intended to start in June 2012 (negotiable).

Application
Deadline for application: March 15, 2012.
Please mention the title of the position you apply for on your letter of application.
Applicants should submit a complete academic record, CV, statement of research interests, copy of certificates and addresses of 2 to 3 potential referees to: Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux, Fachgruppe Human Resources, Sabrina Plumettaz, Postfach 64, Tioleyre 4, 1725 Posieux Switzerland or email to sabrina.plumettaz@alp.admin.ch.For further information please contact: Dr. Frigga Dohme-Meier (frigga.dohme-meier@alp.admi.ch or r. Giuseppe Bee (giuseppe.bee@alp.admin.ch). For questions about details of the doctorate study at ETH you may contact Prof. Michael Kreuzer (michael.kreuzer@inw.agrl.ethz.ch).

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Position 6:  PhD research student position, Univeristy of Turku

Title
PhD student position in natural compound chemistry: “The ability of bioactive ellagitannins to function as anti-parasitic drugs and to improve digestive efficiency in order to reduce pollutant emissions from ruminants” 

Ellagitannins are an under-valued group of plant polyphenols with yet unstudied structures and bioactivities. The EU-FP7 People Programme Legume Plus aims at optimizing plant polyphenols for ruminant nutrition focusing on animal health as well as environmental sustainability. The PhD student will focus on ellagitannins and the host laboratory is the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology (University of Turku, Finland) that has expertise on ellagitannin chemistry and bioactivity.

Position
The PhD student (Early Stage Researcher) will be part of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network, Legume Plus, which will provide multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral research and training activities within Europe on legumes containing bioactives. The objective is to harness their potential benefits for ruminants and the environment. In particular, the
mechanisms by which bioactive forage legumes contribute to improve protein use efficiency, reduce methane gas emissions, and inhibit parasitic worms, will be investigated. The PhD project aims (i) to isolate and purify a series of monomeric, oligomeric and polymeric ellagitannins by a suite of chromatographic methods, (ii) to characterize their structures by
HR-MS, MS/MS, 1H- and 13 C-NMR, (iii) to measure tannin bioactivities, and (iv) to study the ability of tannins to act against parasitic nematodes and to lower methane emissions and
ruminal biohydrogenation. The student will stay at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology for most of his/her PhD studies, but will also benefit from two 3-month
scientific exchanges with groups from the international network of Legume Plus. He/she will be  expected to participate in 6-monthly meetings and scientific and complementary skills
training courses, which will be held in the countries of the different project partners.

Requirements

We are seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented candidate with a strong interest in natural compound chemistry. Applicants should hold a master level degree in chemistry. experience in the field chromatographic methods, mass spectrometry and NMR would be beneficial. Good knowledge of spoken and written English is required. Due to the regulations of EUFP7 People Programme the candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her activity in Finland for more than 12 months during the last three years. In addition, he/she must have less than 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience at the time of starting the PhD employment.

Conditions

The position will start in June 2012 for three years and the researcher will participate in the Kick-off Meeting and Training Course in the UK from 24 June to 7 July 2012. The salary is
fixed according to the guidelines of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network. Living allowance is ca. 3840 euros/month and mobility allowance is between ca. 845 and 1210
euros/month (http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/mariecurieactions/links_en.html).

Application
Deadline:
April 01, 2012. To apply, send a cover letter explaining your interest in this
position, a complete academic record, CV and addresses of 2-3 potential academic referees
to: Juha-Pekka Salminen (j-p.salminen@utu.fi)
 

Position 7:  PhD research student position, Reading UK

Title:
2-Year Experienced Researcher (Postdoctoral) Position in Reading, UK:
"Development of novel methods for tannin isolation and analysis of fermented samples"

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading is a world- leader in teaching and research in agriculture, the food chain, rural environments and the countryside and
international development. This includes research on feed production and composition. Reading is the UK's top university for impact in agricultural sciences research.

Description:
The researcher will be part of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'LegumePlus'. This network is a 4.1 million euro project and provides multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral research and
training activities within Europe on legumes containing bioactive compounds. A total of 14 ESR and 2 ER fellows will be trained in research and complementary skills. The objective is to harness
the potential benefits of bioactive legumes for ruminants and the environment. LegumePlus will investigate the mechanisms by which bioactive forage legumes contribute to improve protein use
efficiency, reduce methane gas emissions, and inhibit parasitic worms. This position will focus on developing novel assays for polyphenols and tannins in fermented plant
samples using a wide range of techniques (nucleophilic degradation, countercurrent chromatography HPLC, LC-MS, 700 MHz NMR, HPLC-GPC, MALDI-TOF MS). It will also investigate oxidative
reactions between tannins and proteins, in order to probe their biological effects. Close collaboration via two 2-month secondments will take place with other project partners to set up and optimise
oxidative reaction conditions.

Research Fields: Analytical Chemistry

Career Stage:
Candidates must be highly motivated, hold a PhD (doctoral) degree in Chemistry or have at least 4 years of full time research experience. In total, they must not have more than 5 years of research experience.

Research Profile: First Stage Postdoctoral Researcher

Benefits: Living and mobility allowances will be paid according to EU Marie Curie regulations.

Comment/web site for additional job details
This position is only available to applicants who have not lived in the UK for more than 12 months during the last 3 years; please refer to eligibility requirements: http://mc-pad.web.cern.ch/mc-pad/
Eligibility/eligibility_conditions.htm

To apply, contact Dr I. Mueller-Harvey (i.mueller-harvey@reading.ac.uk). [Quote reference: ER1]

Deadline for receipt of completed application form: 16 February 2012.

Further info: http://sainfoin.eu
 

Position 8:  PhD research student position, Reading UK

Title:
2-Year Experienced Researcher (Postdoctoral) Position in Reading, UK:
"Development of novel methods for tannin isolation and analysis of fermented samples"

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading is a world- leader in teaching and research in agriculture, the food chain, rural environments and the countryside and
international development. This includes research on feed production and composition. Reading is the UK's top university for impact in agricultural sciences research.

Description:
The researcher will be part of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'LegumePlus'. This network is a 4.1 million euro project and provides multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral research and
training activities within Europe on legumes containing bioactive compounds. A total of 14 ESR and 2 ER fellows will be trained in research and complementary skills. The objective is to harness
the potential benefits of bioactive legumes for ruminants and the environment. LegumePlus will investigate the mechanisms by which bioactive forage legumes contribute to improve protein use
efficiency, reduce methane gas emissions, and inhibit parasitic worms. This position will focus on developing novel assays for polyphenols and tannins in fermented plant
samples using a wide range of techniques (nucleophilic degradation, countercurrent chromatography HPLC, LC-MS, 700 MHz NMR, HPLC-GPC, MALDI-TOF MS). It will also investigate oxidative
reactions between tannins and proteins, in order to probe their biological effects. Close collaboration via two 2-month secondments will take place with other project partners to set up and optimise
oxidative reaction conditions.

Research Fields: Analytical Chemistry

Career Stage: Candidates must be highly motivated, hold a PhD (doctoral) degree in Chemistry or have at least 4 years of full time research experience. In total, they must not have more than 5 years
of research experience.

Research Profile: First Stage Postdoctoral Researcher

Benefits: Living and mobility allowances will be paid according to EU Marie Curie regulations.

Comment/web site for additional job details
This position is only available to applicants who have not lived in the UK for more than 12 months during the last 3 years; please refer to eligibility requirements: http://mc-pad.web.cern.ch/mc-pad/
Eligibility/eligibility_conditions.htm

To apply, contact Dr I. Mueller-Harvey (i.mueller-harvey@reading.ac.uk). [Quote reference: ER1]

Deadline for receipt of completed application form: 16 February 2012.

Further info: http://sainfoin.eu

Position 9:  PhD research student position, Reading UK

Title:
3-year ESR (PhD) position in Reading, UK:
"Physico-chemical studies of tannin-protein interactions"

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading is a world- leader in teaching and research in agriculture, the food chain, rural environments and the countryside and
international development. This includes research on feed production and composition. Reading is the UK's top university for impact in agricultural sciences research.

Description
The PhD researcher (Early Stage Research Fellow) will be part of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'LegumePlus'. This network is a 4.1 million euro project and provides multi-
disciplinary and inter-sectoral research and training activities within Europe on legumes containing bioactive compounds. A total of 16 fellows will be trained in research and complementary skills. The
objective is to harness their potential benefits for ruminants and the environment. It will investigate the mechanisms by which bioactive forage legumes contribute to improve protein use efficiency,
reduce methane gas emissions, and inhibit parasitic worms. This PhD project aims to isolate and analyse tannins from sainfoin and Lotus using chromatography, thiolytic degradation, mass spectrometry and HPLC. Model tannins and proteins will be investigated with a range of physico-chemical techniques to measure the thermodynamics and spectroscopic shifts of tannin-protein interactions (with Biocore, isothermal titration calorimetry, fluorescence spectroscopy instruments). In addition, it will study the effects of oxidase on tannin reactivities and structural changes in the presence of proteins.  The training includes two 3-months secondments to other project partners, 6-monthly project meetings and courses at partner institutions.

Research Fields: Chemistry

Career Stage: Early stage researcher or 0-4 years (postgraduate)

3-year ESR (PhD) position in Reading, UK:
"Physico-chemical studies of tannin-protein interactions"

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading is a world- leader in teaching and research in agriculture, the food chain, rural environments and the countryside and
international development. This includes research on feed production and composition. Reading is the UK's top university for impact in agricultural sciences research.

Description
The PhD researcher (Early Stage Research Fellow) will be part of the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'LegumePlus'. This network is a 4.1 million euro project and provides multi-
disciplinary and inter-sectoral research and training activities within Europe on legumes containing bioactive compounds. A total of 16 fellows will be trained in research and complementary skills. The
objective is to harness their potential benefits for ruminants and the environment. It will investigate the mechanisms by which bioactive forage legumes contribute to improve protein use efficiency,
reduce methane gas emissions, and inhibit parasitic worms. This PhD project aims to isolate and analyse tannins from sainfoin and Lotus using chromatography, thiolytic degradation, mass spectrometry and HPLC. Model tannins and proteins will be investigated with a range of physico-chemical techniques to measure the thermodynamics and spectroscopic shifts of tannin-protein interactions (with Biocore, isothermal titration calorimetry, fluorescence spectroscopy instruments). In addition, it will study the effects of oxidase on tannin reactivities and structural changes in the presence of proteins. The training includes two 3-months secondments to other project partners, 6-monthly project meetings and courses at partner institutions.

Research Fields: Chemistry

Career Stage: Early stage researcher or 0-4 years (postgraduate)

Research Profile: First Stage Researcher

Benefits: Living and mobility allowances will be paid according to EU Marie Curie regulations.

Comment/web site for additional job details
Candidates must hold a diploma/degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry granting access to doctorate studies and must not have resided or carried out their activity in the UK for more than 12 months
during the last three years. In addition, they must have less than 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience at the time of starting their PhD employment. For eligibility requirements of
fellows, please read the EC website: http://mc-pad.web.cern.ch/mc-pad/Eligibility/eligibility_conditions.htm

To apply, contact Dr I. Mueller-Harvey (i.mueller-harvey@reading.ac.uk) [Quote reference: ESR2]

Deadline for receipt of completed application form: 16 February 2012.

Further info: http://sainfoin.eu


Students needed for the LegumePlus project

Students needed for the LegumePlus project