Fellowship & Grant details

Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (22/11/2012 02.54)

EU FP7 THEME [KBBE.2012.3.2-01] PharmaSea: Increasing Value and Flow in the Marine Biodiscovery Pipeline

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The PharmaSea project focuses on marine biodiscovery research, development and commercialization and brings together a broad interdisciplinary team of academic and industry researchers and specialists to produce new products for development in three accessible market sectors, health (infection, inflammation, CNS diseases), personal care and nutrition. The present contract will be devoted to mine the diversity of phytoplankton for biodiscovery purposes and will develop new technologies for innovative culturing approaches to increase the production of secondary metabolites. Many enzyme-coding genes involved in the secondary metabolism pathways present in genomes are “silent” and produce no recognised metabolites under standard conditions. The aspiring contract will use transcriptome analyses to determine the hidden metabolic diversity of selected marine microorganisms and the influence of the culture conditions on the production of the secondary metabolites of interest.

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Research Fields

Biological sciences

Eligibility criteria

To participate in the competition, candidates must possess the following qualifications: Degree in Master degree in Biotechnology or Biological Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Biology, Marine Biology, Marine Biotechnology, or in related disciplines. The candidate must have experience in molecular biology techniques (extraction of nucleic acids and PCR amplification, oligo design, gel electrophoresis of nucleic acids, gene expression with Real Time PCR, western blot protein analysis, sequence analyses). The candidate must have experience in maintaining algal cultures. The candidate must be perfectly fluent in English (written and spoken). These requirements must be fulfilled on the date of expiry of the deadline for submission of applications for admission to the selection. Exclusion from the selection, for lack of necessary qualifications, shall be notified by motivated decree to the applicant.

Selection process

Competition will be based on qualifications and interview. Assessment of the candidates will be conducted by an appointed jury, which will examine qualifications and performance during the interview aimed at determining the candidate's professional expertise in the selection requirements, as well as her/his attitude to carry out the specific research subject of this call.

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Annual budget27600
International mobility required ?no
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceItaly
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageExperienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Employment contract with full social securityno
Total amount per fellowship per year27600
Covers salaryyes
Covers travel and subsistenceno
Covers research costsno
Maximum duration of fellowship36
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Other fellowship details


EU Research Framework Programme


Funding organisation / Contacts
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

Public research
Napoli - Italy